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Redirecting Agriculture towards small-scale farming based on agro-ecology

27 February 2014

In the frame of its 2014 General Assembly, European Coordination Via Campesina invites you to its public event on Tuesday the 4th of March from 2 to 4 pm. This event consists of a press conference presenting ECVC and a panel discussion on the ECVC statement on the International Year of family Farming and Agro-ecology. This event is opened to the general public and to students.

When : 4th of March 2014 from 2h to 4h pm

Where : Evenstad ( Norway)

Speakers : Merete Furuberg (NBS-Farmers and Smallholders Union), Hanny Van Geel and Andrea Ferrante (Members of the Coordination Committee of ECVC)

Interviews by telephone are possible (please contact Marzia Rezzin 0032473300156 to organize the interviews.

With the 2014 International Year for Family Farming as background, this event aims to discuss on how to reorient the current agricultural systems towards more resilient modes of production and consumption based on agro-ecology practices.

The productivist and capital-intensive paradigm in agriculture has shown its limits, and the damages of this model have been widely proven: farms and lands concentration; increase of unemployment and poverty in the rural areas; unsustainable use of natural resources; soil, water and air pollution; and unhealthy food supply.

Now the question is how to make the transition from this capital-intensive mode to one more environmentally sustainable and socially just.

For ECVC the more realistic approach is the one Via Campesina[1] has been defending since its creation in 1993: advocating for small-scale farming based on the food sovereignty principles, on agro-ecology practices, and on the right to produce food on its own territory.

This paradigm shift, towards more resilient food system and agro-ecology, is more and more supported by a wide range of sectors, like international agencies and organizations (FAO, IFAD…) and even some EU Members States.

This change is needed to recognise and guarantee the future of family farming beyond 2014.

[1] Since 1993, the Via Campesina has been the only international organisation to daily defend small-scale family and peasant agriculture throughout the world; it does so with 160 organisations in 79 countries and over 200 million peasant farmer members, both men and women. In Europe, the European Coordination Via Campesina, – member of the LVC – is present in 18 European countries, and federates peasants’ organisations and agricultural workers under the banner of food sovereignty and peasant agriculture, the very essence of family agriculture.