The 2nd Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty has taken place between 26 and 30th October in Cluj-Napoca (Romania). The forum has brought together more than 500 people from over 40 countries representing a wide range of organizations working for food sovereignty at different levels: farmers, consumers, NGOs, local administrations, researchers, etc.
Discussions were structured around four main areas: production and consumption, distribution, labor and social conditions, natural resources and common goods and public policies.
We are convinced that this forum will be an important cornerstone in building a comprehensive and exemplary movement for food sovereignty throughout the European continent.
You can find ore information on the website of Nyéléni Europe. Additionally, you can read here a very comprehensive document in English on the meeting in Cluj-Napoca, including the main objectives of the Forum and a paper which served as a basis for debates.
“We work towards the decentralization of food chains, promoting diversified markets based on solidarity and fair prices, and short supply chains and intensified relations between producers and consumers in local food webs to counter the expansion and power of supermarkets.
We want to provide the building blocks for people to develop their own food distribution systems and allow farmers to produce and process food for their communities. This requires supportive food safety rules and local food infrastructure for smallholder farmers.
We also work to ensure that the food we produce reaches all people in society, including people with little or no income.”
Nyéléni Europe Food Sovereignty Declaration, 2011