Join us on December 9th at 17:00 CET for a participatory web conference on ‘Local Food – Reimagining Regional Responses’. In partnership with Forum Synergies and Cultivate, ARC2020 is co-organising this online event which will present collaborative approaches to building rural resilience, and consider how we can progress agri-food movements from the local level to the regional.
The ideas of innovative communities that are experimenting with ways to shorten, amplify and democratise food supply chains should be replicated, scaled up and scaled across. At this web conference we will showcase pioneering initiatives – including the Cloughjordan Hub (IE), a DESIRA living lab (EU) and Liège en Transition (BE), an example from Communities for Future – that are taking fresh approaches to building better food systems from the bottom up. More to be announced!
Practitioners will share insights and experiences from their regional initiatives, laying the groundwork for a facilitated discussion on how these ideas might be replicated elsewhere. By highlighting examples of communities that are making waves in their respective regions, we hope to inspire and engage others working to build and expand resilient food economies.
How can we build regional food webs and take a collaborative approach to enact change on a more expansive and cohesive scale? What is the policy framework that feeds into these endeavours? How can collaboration between local, agroecological initiatives strengthen regional food networks? How can we ensure that these food networks embody social justice? What role can digitalisation play in all of this? These are some of the questions that will be explored on the day.
In June, we co-hosted a web conference with Forum Synergies which took stock of how local, agroecological food initiatives across Europe were adapting and driving onwards in the face of the pandemic. Our upcoming event broadens the lens, highlighting work being done in agri-food movements to enact a socio-ecological transition on a territorial level, amid the plethora of global crises that we must tackle.
The web conference is free and aimed at people who are passionate about changing our relationship to food and farming. It may be of particular interest to agri-food movement practitioners, policy makers, media workers and academics of rural and food system studies who would like to exchange ideas on how local food initiatives can be scaled up and across to the regional level. Places are limited so be sure to register if you are interested in this topic and will attend. The full programme will be released soon – stay tuned.
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