It is peasant agriculture, combined with an agroecological model of production and a model of trade and consumption closer to communities, which can respond to the challenges and concerns expressed by people in the Commission’s public consultation: message from a delegation of peasants from the European Coordination Via Campesina participating this 7 of July in The CAP -Have your say conference.
Brussels, July 10, 2017 – The conclusions of the public consultation and expert workshops initiated in February by DG AGRI on the future of the European common agricultural policy (CAP) after 2020 were presented last Friday in Brussels, at an event organized by the European Commission.
The conference identified the many challenges that the next CAP reform needs to address, things as: the aging of the agricultural social fabric, concerns about food quality and safety, environmental sustainability and climate change, unemployment, rural desertification and the instability of markets.
However, this conference failed to identify a production model, a trade model and a consumption model that responds globally to all of these challenges identified by citizens in the survey and for which public policies must be oriented. ECVC once again reiterated that peasant agriculture- oriented towards an agroecological production model and a model of trade and consumption closer to communities- can respond to these challenges.
One of the most important findings of the survey is the opinion expressed by farmers, citizens and organizations that farmers need higher incomes and that they need to be given the same standards of living enjoyed by the rest of the population.
This, for farmers, is something that is established as one of the main objectives of the CAP, created 60 years ago. Unfortunately, the agricultural and commercial policies of the last decades have largely ignored these objectives, thus giving up an essential instrument for providing farmers a decent life: public regulation of the market and production.
“If we closely analyze the evolution of imbalances within the food chain that lead to the erosion of production prices, we see that they are closely related and develop in parallel with the imbalances in the market, a consequence of the lack of public regulation,” declares José Miguel Gonçalves of ECVC.
“At the same time, the imposition of an industrial model of agriculture financed with public funds is clearly questioned not only by peasants but also increasingly by citizens, as was pointed out in the conclusions of this conference,” added Antonio Onorati, of the Italian peasant organization ARI.
Over the next few months, renewed efforts are expected on the current CAP reform by citizens and millions of small and medium-sized farmers who have nothing to gain from speculation in the global market but rather from fair relations between producers, workers, distributors and consumers.
• Jose Miguel Pacheco Goncalves (Coordination Committee ECVC) : +35 19 6872 1995 – PT, ES
• Geneviève Savigny (Coordination Committee ECVC) : +33 62 555 1687 – FR, EN, ES
• Antonio Onorati (Coordination Committee ECVC): +39 3408 2194 56 – IT, ES, FR, EN