Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

EU Food & Farming Forum

29-30 May 2018. Brussels. Since 2016, The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) has been undertaking a collaborative process of research and reflection to identify what tools would be required to deliver sustainable food systems in Europe. The ‘Common Food Policy’ vision that emerges will offer a comprehensive and holistic plan for the EU as it considers reforming the Common Agricultural Policy and other policy frameworks.

The EU Food and Farming Forum was an event whereby key food system actors from across Europe came together to co-construct a set of policy proposals addressed to the EU for a comprehensive ‘Common Food Policy’. Taking place symbolically one year before the 2019 EU elections, the Forum yielded concrete proposals to be taken up by political parties, campaign groups and ultimately by the EU institutions.

Extract of the programme:

Building Integrated Food Policies at the National Level
Lessons learned from Canada's National Food Policy process, the UK's People's Food Policy and the Dutch Transition Coalition. What can we learn from efforts to create integrated food policies at the national level? How did these processes take place? What were their successes and setbacks? Why adopt an integrated food policy approach at the national level?
  • Peter Andrée (Associate Professor & Associate Chair - Department of Political Science, Carleton University, Member of Food Secure Canada)
  • Diana Bronson (Executive Director, Food Secure Canada)
  • Joost De Jong (Dutch Transition Coalition)
  • Deirdre 'Dee' Woods (Co-editor of UK People's Food Policy)
Carlo Petrini founder of @SlowFoodHQ #EU3F
A Public Event was held the evening of May 29th, 2018
What are the necessary ingredients for a transition to sustainable food and farming systems in the EU?
  • Rob Hopkins (Founder of the Transition Movement), 
  • Carlo Petrini (Founder and Director of Slow Food), 
  • Marie-Monique Robin (Award-winning documentary filmmaker) and 
  • Sir Paul McCartney (by video address) for an evening of discussion and debate. 
  • Moderator: Olivier De Schutter

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