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Launch of the Nyeleni Europe forum for Food Sovereignty

21 June 2011

The Nyeleni Europe Forum - in Krems (Austria), August 16th-21st - will bring together more than 500 representatives of organizations working on food sovereignty from the whole European region.

Launch of the Nyeleni Europe forum for Food Sovereignty Worlds apart: the Agricultural G20 and the Nyeleni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty As the meeting of the agricultural ministers of the G20 gets underway in Paris, a very different group of organizations are also meeting to discuss how to reorganize Europe and the world's food and agricultural systems. Tired of the ineffective policy space of the G20 and other international fora, groups and organizations across Europe are organizing the Nyeleni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty in Krems in Austria from the 16th to 21st of August which will look at real solutions to solving the problems in the world's food and agricultural systems. It just so happens that they are also meeting in Paris this 20th to 23rd June, to discuss the program and content of the Forum itself. “We've seen repeated attempts by these gatherings of rich countries to address problems – such as price volatility or speculation – which their own system of corporate driven globalization helped create” says Genevieve Savigny from the steering committee of the Forum. “Solutions exist : the protection of family and sustainable small scale farming, protecting the environment, farmers and the people, relocalisation of food systems, scientific and policy support to agro-ecology, the fight against speculation on agricultural commodities, public mechanisms to stabilize markets, prices stability for farmers and consumers at reasonable prices, and stopping land grabbing and massive support for agrofuels” she adds. The Nyeleni Europe Forum will bring together more than 500 representatives of organizations working on food sovereignty from the whole European region, made of 50 countries. Preparations for the Forum have been underway for more than a year, as the organizers aim to ensure transparency and grassroots participation. “There are people already working on practical and concrete alternatives to strengthen the network for Food Sovereignty at the European and global level. Different groups of topics will be discussed, from modes of production, to access to land, biodiversity and the environment through to public policies like the CAP” adds Ludwig Rumetshofer, another of the organizers. The forum will also discuss strategies of policy advocacy at the European and global levels, and will put in place the basis of a European network for Food Sovereignty. Representatives of participating organizations will be available for interviews and comments. in the agricultural picnic organized by civil society organizations in the Tuileries Garden on Wednesday June 22 at 12h at the occasion of the G20. For more information on the Forum: www.nyelenieurope.net. Please contact marzia.rezzin@eurovia.org if you are interested in receiving press updates about the Forum.

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