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  • The European Rural Sustainability Gathering 2017 - social economy, cooperatives and grassroots initiatives in rural Greece - begins tomorrow. We'll keep you updated during the event on social media - facebook and twitter - and with detailed, dedicated articles after the event. Here's all you need to know for now. [...]
  • Large-scale urban agriculture is on the rise globally, with more and more farms appearing in our cities. A far cry from allotments and community gardens, urban farms occupy much bigger spaces; they can employ people, regenerate huge neighbourhoods and give residents access to fresh produce on their doorsteps. [...]
  • A number of organisations made submissions to the CAP consultation, which closed last week. Here we outline three differing ones  – one from public health, one from farming  and one, which we devote more space to, from a platform bringing a number of [...]
  • The CAP consultation is complete, and the results are in. So who participated, and how representative was the process? Here ARC2020 presents the top three key insights from the information available so far. [...]
  • As we build towards the European Rural Sustainability Gathering (ERSG) in Greece, 1 7-20th May, we publish now an exclusive interview with Shannon McCabe of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company. This interview was conducted at the Peliti Olympic Seed Festival, which took place in Drama Greece last month. Peliti are co-organisers of the ERSG. [...]
  • A report provisionally adopted on 27th April by the European Parliament make a specific call on the EU Commission to fight land concentration. [...]
  • In the build up to the Forum Synergies European Rural Sustainability Gathering 17-20th May, we continue our focus on grassroots initiatives in Greece. Here, we talk to Panagiotis Sainatoudis and Vasso Kanellopoulou. The chat happened at the 17th seed festival of Peliti and the first international Olympic Seed festival in Peliti, Drama, Greece 20-22 April. [...]
  • In this exclusive interview, ARC2020 President Hannes Lorenzen and Olivier De Schutter discuss CAP, policy coherence, innovations changing the agri-food system - and why we need a common food policy. [...]

Rural Sustainability Gathering

This year Forum Synergies’ European Rural Sustainability Gathering will take place in Karditsa, Greece on 17-21 May 2017. The gathering will be an opportunity to meet people with a spirit of cooperation and action for sustainable rural development from across Europe. Find the program and all information here.

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aftercapAgriculture, food and the rural seem to have been placed at the back of the queue: massive cuts in the agriculture and rural administration of the Commission; a mere communication by Commissioner  Hogan rather than the usual mid-term review; talk of a move of CAP money to external security and migration policy. What's next? We are looking forward to hear your opinion! Join the ARC2020 #AfterCAP Debate.

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