10 national workshops

Portugal - Republic of Moldova - Romania - Czech Republic - Hungary - Poland - Italy - Spain - UK - France

The action provides the organization of 10 national workshops (Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Spain, UK, France) with the different stakeholders to work in three thematic roundtables: sustainable farming, access to markets and environmental sustainability. Other related areas and themes are: access to credit, access to natural resources, the importance of coordinated action by pooling resources and knowledge, the importance of federating into apexes for certain services/activities, to use and apply the processes and trainings developed for the groups to build their own strategy and action plan networking and reaching higher levels of collective work and aggregation into apex bodies in the different thematic areas.

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National workshop  Zagreb, Croatia |September 25-27

Legacoop Agroalimentare from 25th to 27th September, organized, in collaboration with the Croatian agricultural cooperatives and associations, the National Workshop at the Technological Pole and the Mariapolis Faro center in Krizevci (Zagreb, Croatia).

During the workshop was introduced different farms from small-scale biodynamic farm to a more complex structure such as a cooperative producing cereals and beef with export-import relations with the European Union and also other countries of the world. In particular, during the event, was discussed on regenerative agriculture, as a method to restructure the soil and improve its production capacity which, otherwise, in the current consumption rates will be exhausted over the next 60 years.

The Italian experience of the community cooperative Torri Superiore in Liguria and the Norwegian advanced cooperation in the collection of milk, meat, and cereals was shown among the models disclosed.

During the three days, the participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas, to debate, to build a common vision and to compare their experiences.

The workshop closed on the third day with a practical case, in which an attempt was made to use an action plan for the revitalization of a rural village.

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Two days national workshop in London: 10th September “Agroecology in action” Parliamentary Meeting on Agroecology and a Stakeholder Consultation on The Environmental Land Management Schemes and policy to support Agroecology, 10 and 11th September 2019, London.

This policy workshop brought together farmers, foresters, community food growers, food
activists, and public interest groups to develop policy recommendations for key government
consultations on the National Food Strategy and the emerging Environmental Land
Management Schemes.

The topics discussed (with approximate timings) are the:
1) Proposed Environmental Land Management Schemes including sustainable farming transition, payments for public goods, landscape-scale ecosystem restoration. 10- 1
2) National Food Strategy and House of Lords enquiry into food poverty 2-3
3) Post EU Markets and the Shared Properity Fund 3-4

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National workshop, Bergerac (Dordogne, France) July 15-17,  2019.

The BOND French national workshop took place in Bergerac (Dordogne) the 15, 16 and 17th of July. The raised issue was:” Rescaling of economic value chains at territorial levels in France and Europe: do we speak the same (collective) language?”

One stake for the development of collective organizations in France is their capacity to find partners at European level also willing to develop their support to community/small-scale collective organizations for the autonomy and the development of familial-type farms.

The European dimension was the first specificity of this national workshop, the other being the fact that it took place during the “European Controversies of Bergerac”, an event focused on society and agriculture-linked issues.

4 partners organizations of Bond project, from Romania, Hungaria, Portugal, and Spain, attended this workshop, moderated by our partner from FAO. Fruitful talks led to recommendations and to a proposal for a co-signed Memorandum of Understanding.

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Workshop “Food Processing And Peasants’ Productions: Overcoming Barriers Collectively” Santiago De Compostela July 5-6,  2019.

The objective of the program is to discuss the options and existing experiences related to the adaptation of the health and hygienic norms for small and medium-size agrifood production initiatives.

On the 5th and 6th, the National workshop in Santiago de Compostela took place. The objective of the event is to discuss the options and existing experiences related to the adaptation of the health and hygienic norms for small and medium-size agrifood production initiatives. It was focused on two main questions:
a) To share success experiences and to analyze how they can be replicated at regional and territorial
levels.
b) To build collective options and proposals to foster a strategy at the national level.

The format was a round tables and working groups.

At this workshop will participate:

  • 30 farmers
  • 7 from asociations and NGOs
  • 2 BOND representatives
  • 1 BOND Hoster
  • 1 Politician
  • 5 BOND partners organisations
  • 6 Tecnicians from local and regional administration
  • 1 jornalist

For more info please download the program (English, Spanish and Galizian version National Workshop Santiago – English

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National thematic workshop PolandJune 24-26,  2019.

All the participants worked on the “Declaration of Peasants Rights”, to define the road map of communication of the Declaration which will lead to the implementation it into the Polish law system.

Also the BOND representatives with the workshop participants created a list of recommendations based on Declaration.

Besides the organic farmers and the Nyeleni movement members, there was also Paula Gioia who is a representative of La Via Campesina who spoke about the level of implementation in the other countries.

The agenda of the workshop also includes Lego Serious Play session and What Is Your Story card play session.

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National Thematic workshop, MoldaviaJune 13-14,  2019.

The two days National Workshop started on the 1st June 2019 in Moldava.

The participants debated on the development of the cooperative, tomorrow the theme of the discussion will be “Youth in the Farming sector: Key challenges and concrete solutions”.

The agricultural sector plays an important role in the economy of the Republic of Moldova being the generator of demand, thus enhancing the creation and development of added value in other branches of the national economy. Nevertheless, it faces several challenges, particularly in small-scale production, insufficient productivity and quality, as well as limited access to finance. At the same time, small-scale farms, including subsistence and semi-subsistence produce a large part of high value crops such as fruits, nuts, grapes, vegetables and potatoes that are mostly sold in open-air agricultural markets. Meanwhile, the decrease of productivity in the agricultural sector is directly related to the lack of investments, capital and credit availability tools that led farmers to apply old technologies that drastically reduced their use of agricultural inputs. Besides the above mentioned problems, there are other major challenges that hamper the development of cooperation in agriculture sector such as the land consolidation, lack of the labor force, excessive bureaucracy, difficulties in accessing the sources of financing, lack of strongly developed and supporting legislative framework, etc. In terms of statistical aspects, there is big gap in elaboration of the official statistic data concerning the development of cooperatives in the Republic of Moldova. Taking into consideration that cooperation is seen as one of the key solutions for the multiple problems by the cooperating agricultural producers, at this stage it was decided to organize the National Workshop in Chisinau on the 13-14 June, 2019 within the BOND project activities. The general objective of national workshop was to present and discuss with experts, public officials and leaders of agricultural cooperatives in Moldova, some of the experiences in the region regarding the development of cooperatives and group of producers/farmers in Europe using the BOND project experience. One of important issues debated was the analysis of this the national and international context, for cooperative development which which was focused on significant changes in the agricultural sector and how livestock products could enter international markets. Specific objectives:

1. Analyze the various regulatory and legal frameworks and fiscal issues, strategies and methods adopted in the region for the design and implementation of public policies to support the development of agricultural cooperatives, including the small and medium-sized agri-food producers.

2. Identify tools and mechanisms that have been successful in achieving productive development, economic efficiency and exporting progress of agricultural cooperatives and agri-food group of producers.

3. Propose some cooperative actions between the BOND Programme and the Ministry of Agriculture and other authorities of the Republic of Moldova responsible for the implementation of activities in the short and medium term, in order to support the development of the agricultural cooperative sector and the group of producers in the country.

4. Youth and Agriculture: Key challenges and concrete solutions. Activities that could be undertaken in order to encourage youth involvement in agriculture and engagement in policy dialogue. The national thematic workshop in Moldova, Chisinau covered two days (13-14 June 2019) and was attended by around 23 participants on day 1 and 17 participants on day 2 including representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Agency for Research and Development NARD, World Bank, ILO, IFAD, FAO, representatives from cooperatives and farmers, the National Farmer Federation of Moldova, the National Youth Council, the Organization of Small and Medium Enterprises (ODIMM).

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Workshop  “How can the collective grassroots mobilization bridge a human rights approach in public policies for food and agriculture?” RomaniaJune 1-2,  2019.

The workshop has been organized at the doorsteps of the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest, where between 3-4 June, 2019, the EU ministers for agriculture have come together in an informal meeting under the EU Presidency of Romania.
The two day event has brought together more than 100 participants from Romania and Eastern Europe, many of them small farmers and agroecological food producers (members of Eco Ruralis and other peasant organizations member of the European Coordination Via Campesina), but also civil society representatives from social and environmental organizations like Friends of the Earth, WWF, Bankwatch and even some international guests from women seed savers organization of Kyrgyzstan (ADI) and the Turkish Peasant Movement (Ciftci Sen).
The first day was dedicated for strengthening the already established Eastern European Food Sovereignty network and debating on how farmers organizations can collaborate and use the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants to strenghten their national representation and policy frameworks.
The first day has ended with discussions between participants, where in parallel groups, they identified the main constrains in their regional contexts and identified local solutions. It was a space of exchange and creating synergy for future collaboration. The second day represented the highlight of the Workshop. It was designed as a multi-stakeholder space of debate, using the outcomes of the previous day, but also enriching it through going deeper in creating a common strategy. Thus, the stage has been opened by several high level speakers that introduced and explained the above mentioned international processes and their national and regional relevance.

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Workshop  ” People’s Food Policy National” Jagava (Czech Republic)  | May 11-12,  2019.

During the People’s Food Policy National Workshop people debated about agricultural and food policy and the way in which the agriculture may support small farmers in the Czech Republic.

“Alliance has closed the meeting: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”(Dee Woods of the Landworkers’)

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National Workshop  Hungaria | May 6, 2019

Follow up the May 6 Hungarian national workshop Kislépték presented #bondprojecteurope and the findings of the national workshop at the social farming conference Szak-Ajtó held at the Ministry of Human Resources in Budapest, Hungary. Deputy State Secretary Dr Attila Szinay from the Agricultural Ministry explained the importance of social farming in maintaining sustainable rural areas, while Deputy State Secretary Dr. Attila Simon from Ministry of Human Resources emphasized the significant role of farming activity in the life of vulnerable people in the countryside and Ministry Advisor Zsolt Ruszkai from Ministry of Finance talked about the Government policies on social farms. Kislépték described the need for tailor-made regulations (land-use, flexible hygienic rules for production, taxation) for social good economy and sustainable farming as to enhance their effective operation. It was highlighted that consumers and social awareness and consciousness could be developed by setting up a social economy registration and the introduction of the social economy label to identify positive social impact. The participants (decision makers, NGO’s and researchers agreed a well-elaborated social farming regulatory framework could contribute to sustainable farming with agro-ecologically accepted methods as the main stakeholders are good messengers of sustainable technics. The finding and proposals of the May 6 National Workshop, organized by Kislépték and Védegylet, was handed over in written form to the representative of the Agricultural Ministry.

In the final event of the conference, Social Farm certification trademark award was distributed among social network cooperatives and associations. These organizations manage farming activities for vulnerable people as to rehabilitate and employ them in agriculture by dealing with chicken raising, egg production, vegetable gardening, cheese making, etc. Kislépték had a major work in the preparation of the certificate trademark handbook and the registration Social Farm certification trademark for Szibiózis Fund, the holder of the certificate trademark, which is a party to the working network of Kislépték.

 

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Workshop “Reform of the CAP: Family Farming Proposals” Croatia | March 30, 2019

CNA promoted on 30 March the national workshop “Reform of the CAP: Family Farming Proposals”, under the BOND project, which brought together more than one hundred participants in the Fundão Professional School – Portugal.

It was a very important and participated workshop, which provided an excellent opportunity to get the farmers’ voices to the future political decision makers. The clarification and participation of Farmers and other actors in the decision process is fundamental and constitutes an exercise on citizenship and democracy.

Download here the report of the National Workshop

 

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Workshop “Promoting Associative Movement, Strengthen Family Farming” Coimbra | Portugal | February 24, 2019

On 24 February, the workshop “Promoting the Associative Movement, Strengthening Family Agriculture” was held at the Agrarian School of Coimbra (ESAC) – Portugal, an initiative carried out within the framework of the BOND project and integrated into the 41 years of the CNA – Confederação Nacional da Agricultura).

With the anniversary of the Confederation to be celebrated on 26 February, it was understood that it would be an excellent opportunity to reflect on the collective action around the agricultural sector, specifically Family Agriculture and the organizations that represent and defend it.

In this sense, this workshop, which was attended by close to 50 people from different regions of the country, among farmers, technicians, associative leaders, and others, was an important moment for reflection and debate on the agricultural and peasant associative movement.

Remembering what unites us and the achievements made in defense of Family Farming, Farmers and the Rural World, as a result of 41 years of action and struggle – Always with Farmers!, as is the motto of CNA – this initiative focused on the constraints that limit collective action and proposed ways of overcoming them, in order to strengthen the role, unity and trust of peasant organizations and CNA.

The workshop started with a plenary debate on the theme “CNA, member organizations and their role in collective action”, a space dedicated to analysing the situation of the agricultural associative movement in Portugal, in order to make clear the current context of agricultural and food policies and peasant associativism.

This prior discussion served as a basis for the afternoon’s work in which the participants, divided into three groups, discussed the topics “Participation of young people in farmers’ organizations”, “Sustainability of the associative movement” and “Organic capacity and associative influence”, listing for each one of them the possible causes and the potential solutions to overcome the constraints identified.

As all the groups dealt with the three issues, a fruitful contribution was made at the end of the workshop. Each group was able to present, in plenary, the causes and solutions it identified, and there was still some room for an exchange of views.

By bringing together various actors from different parts of the country with diverse experiences, but with a common commitment to defend and promote collective action and associativism in the farming sector, this initiative was of great importance for farmers’ organizations, for farmers, for Family Farming and for the Rural World.

The contributions collected will be the basis for the definition of an “Action Plan” to overcome constraints and disincentives identified, in order to strengthen the associative movement around Family Agriculture.

As mentioned, this initiative was carried out under the BOND project, a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union and led by the University of Coventry, UK, which CNA integrates with 16 other partners from 12 European countries.

As the aim of the project was to achieve higher levels of organization and networking in the agricultural sector, this working session was an important contribution to the strengthening and vitality of the peasant associative movement in Portugal.