International Agroecology Forum, Mali.

Report on the International Agroecology Forum to address Food Sovereignty, Mali, 24-27 February 2015. This important global meeting was organised by IPC (International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty), and hosted by the CNOP (Confédération Nationale des Organisations Paysannes) at the Nyéléni training centre in Mali. The main objective was to to come to a joint...
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Advocating the cause of CSA at the level of the FAO

by Judith Hitchman, Urgenci Advocacy Officer CFS41 in Rome, on October 13-18, 2014,  was a particularly active moment for the URGENCI team of Andrea Calori and Judith Hitchman. It proved to be a rich and fruitful outcome of several different levels of work carried out in recent months. Judith had been moderating the working group on Food...
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Nutrition is not for profit

Nutrition is not for profit: Second International Conference on Nutrition La Via Campesina and URGENCI, jointly with other Social movements, gathered in Rome on November 19-21, 2014, for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), where Member States of FAO and WHO are discussing and adopting a framework for action on nutrition. This event, organised...
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REKO – a winning concept in Finland!

REKO has in a very short period became a great success in bringing producers and consumers together, and at the same time created local networks and logistics for locally produced food. During the last 30-40 years, direct selling from producers to consumers has significantly decreased in Finland. Since a few years ago the demand of...
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Working Paper on Advocacy and Short Distribution Chains

The emergence of social movements: Community Supported Agriculture, between Food Sovereignty and Solidarity Economy. The end of the 20th century can be characterised by the emergence of both extreme forms of globalisation of trade and of social movements. The spaces in which the latter emerged were not only the World Social Forum, but most specifically...
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Publications by group members

In English Balázs B. (2012) Local Food System Development in Hungary. International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 19:3, 403-421. Brunori G., A. Rossi and F. Guidi (2012). On the new social relations around and beyond food. Analysing consumers’ role and action in Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale (Solidarity Purchasing Groups). Sociologia Ruralis., 52 (1): 1-30....
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CSA Research Group People

Bálint Balázs is a senior research fellow of the Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG) and lecturer of environmental sociology at the Department of Environmental Economics, Institute of Nature Conservation and Landscape Management, St. István University, Gödöllő, Hungary. He is a board member of the Environment & Society Research Network of the European Sociological Association....
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Farmers of CSA: Croatia, July 2014

Croatian workshop started on the 17th of July with the meeting point in Kunstcafe Cvajner where everybody gathered before heading to dinner. The visiting part took place around central Istria where we begun our journey with local medicnal herm farm running by Komić familly. We went from Pula at 8:00h heading towards Vodnjan where we...
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Community based Food Initiatives: Hungary, May 2014

By: Zsofia Perényi The first visit of the LetSFS Grundtvig Learning Partnerships project was organised in Hungary by TVE. The programme focused on the management of community based food initiatives – including everyday management and also community building related topics. All together 19 participants came to the Hungarian workshop from the partner countries, including experienced...
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CSA Demetria in Brazil

CSA Demetria as a pioneer project for CSA Brasil By Johanna Abeln, Intern at Demetria CSA Farm, Brazil. The initiative for community‐supported agriculture exists now for about 3 years in Brazil. 12 km away from the city of Botucatu and 240 km away from the metropolis Sao Paulo the native born German Hermann Pohlmann initiated...
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