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URGENCI
URGENCI brings citizens, small farmers, consumers, activists and concerned political actors together at global level through an alternative economic approach called Local Solidarity Partnerships between Producers and Consumers.
Some well-known examples are:

  • CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) in the Anglo-Saxon countries (US, UK)
  • Teikeis in Japan
  • AMAP (Association to maintain small-scale family farming) in France
  • GASAP (Solidarity-based Purchasing Groups for small-scale family farming) in Brussels
  • GAS (Solidarity-based Purchasing Groups) in Italy
  • ASC in Quebec
  • Reciproco in Portugal
 
1   The network
 
LSPCCs take many different forms in the various parts of the world, based on the social, historical, geopolitical, agricultural and economic specificities of each country or region where they have developed. The members of URGENCI are however united in their belief in the following 4 fundamental ideas:
  • Partnership : This partnership is characterised by a mutual commitment to supply (by the peasants) and up-take (by the consumers) of the food produced during each season.
  • Local : this means promoting local exchange. LSPCCs are part of an active approach to relocalising the economy.
  • Solidarity : partnerships are based on solidarity between actors and involves:
    • Sharing both the risks and the benefits of healthy production that is adapted to the natural rhythm of the seasons and is respectful of the environment, natural and cultural heritage and health.
    • Paying a sufficient fair price up-front to enable peasants and their families to live in a dignified manner.
  • The producer/consumer tandem : is based on direct person-to-person contact and trust, with no intermediaries or hierarchy and no subordination.
It is the absolute respect and implementation of these four fundamental principles by URGENCI members that forms the basis for more general values.
 
 

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2   Objectives of the network
 
  • To maintain and expand peasant agriculture
  • The implementation of food sovereignty in all regions and communities of the world.
  • To improve health through food and to fight against hunger and malnutrition.
  • To develop citizenship in the economic sphere as well as social networks of solidarity between producers and consumers and between people in urban and rural communities.
  • To educate people on the environmental and citizenship
  • To fight against exclusion and poverty through the building of solidarity networks whether in rural peasant or urban contexts, or by bringing them together.
 
3   The means of action
 
In the course of the two last international symposium, members of the URGENCI network defined an 8-programme action plan (cf left-hand menu). Each programme is run by a work group that co-ordinates reflection and pilot projects. These groups operate with a certain degree of autonomy in what can be termed a polycentric network.

The overall coherence of URGENCI’s action and administration is the responsibility of an 8-member international committee and a general secretary who is employed by the network.