For the first time ever, on 27 July 2020, ECVC held its General Assembly online, giving members the opportunity to have essential political debate and discuss important internal matters, despite the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 70 members and 27 organisations took part in the event, giving the voices of all ECVC members the chance to be heard, despite current difficulties. This occasion to share, exchange and debate is demonstrative of small-scale peasant farmers’ resilience to adapt and continue their struggle in the face of the concerns that are affecting our current every day life.
The event took place in 6 languages, with the help of more than 20 interpreters who volunteered their time and efforts, whom ECVC and all its members would like to yet again thank. Allowing member organisations to participate in various languages is particularly key at present, given that in many settings, having virtual meetings has reduced the availability of interpretation, which negatively impacts democratic political processes.
ECVC would like to congratulate and thank all members who took part, for their contributions and continued work during this difficult period. Be it on the streets or online, we continue to struggle together for fairer food systems and to make the voice of small scale peasant farmers heard around Europe and the world.