Press Invitation: second Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty, 26-30 October 2016, Romania

We are happy to invite media representatives to come and cover the 2nd Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty – the biggest ever convergence of Pan-European food sovereignty movements.

Up to 1,000 people from 42 countries – small-scale farmers, fishers, pastoralists, consumers, urban gardeners, indigenous peoples, researchers, agricultural workers, environmentalists, human rights defenders and trade unionists – will converge from all over Europe, for a series of workshops and discussions on how to take back control of the farming and food system.

Dates: 26th – 30 October 2016 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

A detailed agenda and practical information will be available in the next weeks. For any inquiries and if you would like to be on the press mailing list please contact: 
communication@nyelenieurope.net

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Background information on Nyéléni Europe

Something is rotten in the state of the European food and agricultural system. The consequences of the expansion of industrial agriculture and the continued drive towards export-oriented markets have sparked a wave of farmers’, workers’ and consumers’ protests all over Europe.

Tractor-led protests outside the EU institutions in Brussels are commonplace, and, Poland’s largest farmers’ uprising ever saw tractors taking to the roads to protest the back-door introduction of GMOs and land grabs. Exploited and abused migrant workers in Italy’s tomato sector went on strike, and hundreds of thousands of farmers and consumers marched together against TTIP in Berlin in January 2016.

Across Europe, people are organising at a grassroots level to take back control of their food and agricultural systems – and the Nyéléni Europe movement aims to bring them all together. Together we are building people-powered solutions to the broken system, and practicing new ways of organising our food systems – from the seeds in the fields, and from farm to fork.

The global Nyéléni movement was born at a food sovereignty forum in Mali in 2007, and the first European forum was held in Krems, Austria in 2011.