ARC Newsflash – Special Edition 2015

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Report: 50,000 take to the streets of Berlin to say: We Are Fed Up! 

This year’s  “Wir haben es satt!” (We are fed up!) march surpassed even last year’s record attendance, with 50,000 people marching through the streets of Berlin. Their aim? To say no to a broken industrialised globalised food system and yes to an alternative. Find our extended report here.

Coming up:
Good Food Good Farming Conference

Brussels – 10 and 11th FEBRUARY 2015

GOOD FOOD, GOOD FARMING CONFERENCE
Renewing civil society’s agenda towards sustainable food and agriculture and a living countryside

Who?
ARC 2020 platform, Friends of the Earth Europe and the organic movement IFOAM, in collaboration with the European Economic and Social Committee invite you to a conference on the future of farming and food, on fair trade and sustainable rural policies. 

Why?
This 1.5-days event brings together representatives from civil society, grassroots groups, researchers, national/regional authorities, policymakers and more to:

1. Assess the implementation of the reformed CAP 2014-2020, prospects of agricultural sustainability and of rural renaissance.

2. Identify milestones to support transition of food and agriculture systems based onagroecological approaches.

So YOU are invited to work with civil society partners to develop a roadmap towards good food, good farming and a living countryside!
We want to revitalise the movement towards a common agri-food policy for Europe; we will assess where we are and, together, develop a vision for where we want to be in 2020. So let’s exchange ideas, assess the threats and opportunities, separate the spin from the substance, and generate this roadmap together.
Key areas for dialogue will include agroecological and social transformation, CAP reform now and in the future, international trade, rural economies and natural resources, and a common food policy based on sustainable food systems and diets.

Where?
The building of the European Economic and Social Committee (JDE Building), Rue Belliard 99, Brussels.

You are invited to participate in the development of a Civil Society roadmap towards good food, good farming and a living countryside! Check our website for updates and follow the event on Facebook.

REGISTER NOW

DRAFT AGENDA

DAY I – 10th February

9:00-10:30 
Opening plenary:  CAP Implementation – towards good food and farming?
Welcome by EESC Dilyana Slavova, President of the Section for Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment at European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Moderation: Arie van den Brandt, President Groupe de Bruges

  • Jerzy Plewa, Director-general, DG AGRI
  • Benoit Biteau, Vice President, Poitou-Charentes Regional Council, France
  • Renate Künast, former German federal minister for Agricultural and Rural Development

DEBATE

10:30-11:00 
Coffee
11:00-12:30
Ingredients of an agro-ecological and social transformation

  • Patrick Holden, Sustainable Food Trust, UK
  • Erik Mathijs, Chair of SCAR 4th Foresight Report, KU Leuven
  • Olivier de Schutter, co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

DEBATE

12:30-13:00
Perspectives and introduction of the stakeholder workshops
Led by:
EESC members, Slow Food, European Milk Board (EMB), Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania, Save Our Seeds, Foundation on Future Farming, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), Friends of the Earth Europe, IFOAM
13:00-14:30
Lunch Break
14:30-16:45
Stakeholder Workshops – lessons learnt and the road ahead

  1. Towards greener and fairer CAP?
  2. Supporting sustainable rural economies and natural resources
  3. Markets and International Trade
  4. Towards a Common Food Policy – sustainable food systems and diets
16:45-17:00
Coffee
17:00-18:30
Stakeholder Workshops (continued)

  1. Towards greener and fairer CAP?
  2. Supporting sustainable rural economies and natural resources
  3. Markets and International Trade
  4. Towards a Common Food Policy – sustainable food systems and diets
19:00
Reception with songs and good spirits

DAY II – 11th February

9:00-10:30
Towards a roadmap for agricultural sustainability and rural renaissance
Conclusions from  stakeholder workshops

DEBATE

10:30-11:00
Coffee
11:00-12:30
Plenary:  Recommendations for policymakers and civil society further actions

  • Recommendations for the European Commission and Member States
  • Actions for the future towards a new ARC2020 roadmap
12:30

Closing speech:
Tim Lang (tbc)

13:00
Lunch and goodbye

Interpretation will be provided from DE/EN/FR/HU/ES into DE/EN/FR/HU

REGISTER NOW 

Contact: 
Nele Roessler, ARC2020: brussels@arc2020.eu
Stine Nielsen, Friends of the Earth Europe: stine.nielsen@foeeurope.org

Find regular updates on the event at arc2020.eu and on Facebook.

Some highlights from Arc2020 in January

L.I.N.C – LEADER Inspired Network Community

Illegal GM soy discovered in Romania, claim Greenpeace.

Seeding the Future of Rural Areas

Land Workers’ Alliance: for small scale & family farming in the UK

The quadlemma: diet, health, environmental & hunger

TTIP: turning Bees into has Beens?

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