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SAVE THE DATE: Agroecology in the EU

3 August 2015

Based on the work achieved by the food producers worldwide, this conference will be an opportunity to discuss the public policies needed in order to support and implement agroecology in Europe with representatives from EU institutions and the scientific community in Europe

SAVE THE DATE Thursday, 17 September 2015, 9:00 – 13:15 ---- PUBLIC DEBATE Agroecology in the EU: an unique opportunity for the European models of food and agriculture European Parliament Brussels, Belgium The European Coordination Via Campesina organises a public debate on Agroecology, based on the work achieved by the food producers worldwide that agreed on common understanding of the principle of Agroecology as presented in the declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology (2015). The conference will be an opportunity to discuss the public policies needed in order to support and implement agroecology in Europe with representatives from EU institutions and the scientific community in Europe. The public debate will be held in the European Parliament building and hosted by MEP Lidia Senra Rodríguez (GUE/NGL). Representatives of farmers and small-scale food producers’ organisations will challenge EU institutions and the scientific community through an interactive debate. The overall objectives of the debate are: • To increase the knowledge and understanding on Agroecology within the EU; • To present the declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology to the EU institutions and the scientific community in the EU; • To discuss the public policies needed in order to support and implement agroecology in Europe; • To strengthen the dialogue between farmers and small-scale food producers’ organisations, EU institutions and academics in the EU in order to identify key challenges and opportunities within the framework of Agroecology. A detailed agenda will be provided soon. The organisers of the public event kindly invite you to participate in this public event. For further information about the conference or to register to take part in it, please contact Ivan Mammana at ivan@eurovia.org. ------ The European Coordination of Via Campesina brings together 28 small-scale farmers and agricultural workers’ organisations from different European countries. The main focus of ECVC is the struggle for food and agricultural policies based on the principles of legitimacy, fairness, solidarity and sustainability, which are necessary in Europe to ensure food security, food safety, public health, employment in rural areas and to tackle the issues surrounding the global food crisis and climate change.

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