Nourish Scotland Conference explores a Citizens’ Agricultural Policy

towards a citizens' agricultural policyWhat would people–centred food governance look like? This is the crucial question to be addressed in Edinburgh, Scotland 22-23rd October.


Nourish Scotland, in cooperation with ARC2020, will host “Towards a Citizens’ Agricultural Policy” an event which will gather citizens, farmers, civil society, and representatives from regions and cities to rethink the governance of food and farming policies in Europe and Scotland.

According to Nourish Scotland “our food system is failing to support a healthy, well-nourished population, while driving dangerous climate change and destroying natural capital. The Common Agricultural Policy is a colossal public policy intervention, using 39% of the EU budget and shaping the farming policies of Member States. It could drive improvement in public health, rural economies, and sustainable food and farming; but it doesn’t. And it won’t until our food system is governed democratically for the common good.”

Confirmed speakers
Alyn Smith is a Scottish Member of the European Parliament & Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

David Barnes is Chief Agricultural Officer for Scotland.

Nora McKeon is a writer, lecturer and activist; she is a member of the Building Global Democracy Programme and former Civil Society Director at the UN Food & Agriculture Organization.

Patrick Mulvany is the Director of Kamayoq, a consultancy organization; a member of the Food Ethics Council; former Chair of the UK Food Group.

Pr. Brian Wynne researches the public understanding of science, in particular the relations between expert and lay knowledge and policy decision-making; he is also a member of the London Royal Society’s Committee on Science in Society

Samuel Feret ARC2020 coordinator and Groupe de Bruge president

Key themes
IDEAS Thursday (22nd) morning  Identifying the issues the CAP must address and potential solutions
ACTORS Thursday afternoon  Who should participate in shaping food policy?
ADVOCACY Friday (23rd) morning How can structures, processes and capacities for advocacy be strengthened?

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
United Kingdom

Celia Nyssens (at Nourish Scotland)
0131 226 1497



Oliver Moore
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DR. Oliver Moore is the communications director and editor-in-chief with ARC2020. He has a PhD in the sociology of farming and food, where he specialised in organics and direct sales. He is published in the International Journal of Consumer Studies, International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology and the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. A weekly columnist and contributor with Irish Examiner, he is a regular on Countrywide (Irish farm radio show on the national broadcaster RTE 1) and engages in other communications work around agri-food and rural issues, such as with the soil, permaculture, climate change adaptation and citizen science initiative Grow Observatory . He lectures part time in the Centre for Co-operative Studies UCC