Due to political instability, COP25 is being held in Madrid, rather than in Chile, as originally planned. In parallel, 11 December saw the third all-day meeting of the 4per1000 Initiative, which will be held in the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture. The purpose of this meeting was to set the Initiative’s agenda for the coming year.
In the meantime and in preparation for the December meeting, the 6th Newsletter has been published (it is available in EN-FR-SP), crammed with information, dates and events. It includes a map showing the locations of over 400 partners and members. We recommend reading it because it contains useful information for actions at international, European, national and above all local level.
We would also like to draw readers’ attention to an important meeting not mentioned in the Newsletter: the second European Forum on Agroecology held in Heraklion (Crete) from 26 to 28 September this year, an event that was attended by a large number of Italians. The account of the proceedings, which can be found on the conference website, sets out numerous ideas that have already been tried and tested.
There were six debate sessions:
i. Fostering the transition, ii. Species diversity in action, iii. Food systems, iv. Knowledge & practice, v. Certification and Community Supported Agriculture systems, and vi. Innovative Farming Practices.
And twelve workshops:
- Education and Training
- Genetic diversity in Mediterranean Agroecosystems
- Research aspects
- Public image of farmers
- Scaling out
- Political agroecology
- Breaking the Barriers
- Youth networks and opportunities
- Ecosystem diversity
- Sustainability in the Mediterranean
- Mapping Agroecology
Reading the report and listening to the discussions it becomes clear how the event managed to bring together science, practice and action. Researchers, farmers and activists discuss, analyse and set out the paths to follow. One is left with a strong impression of concrete and practical solutions, methodologies, and farming techniques.
A strongly positive message, which we need more than ever in this time of disasters and failure to act.