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Food System Change

Online Congress

22-24 March 2021

Tuesday

23 March

Session 3

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Agroforestry and its variations across Europe

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The benefits of Agroforestry have been known and used for more than 1300 years. Yet, currently it is not used to its full potential in Europe. We will discuss legal challenges, EU policies and look at the latest innovations in the field. We will present two (silvopastoral) agroforestry initiatives in the UK and Poland that put in place successful integrations of livestock and woody vegetation. What can be learnt from them and what conclusions do they draw from a combined agricultural and woodland use of the same area of land as compared to a single use form will be explored.

Confirmed speakers: Ben Raskin, Marcin Wójcik, Dr María Rosa Mosquera-Losada

Coffee break

30 minutes

Theater premiere

10:45 AM - 10:55 AM

Theater premiere of "Gardenplayers - visualising ideas for our food system"

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In March 2021 the contributors met three times and played theater over zoom, exchanging images, stories, gestures and sounds, all connected to their ideas and experiences regarding the global food system. The group consisted of eight people from Nigeria, Mosambique and Germany.

Gardenplayers was initiated by the Berlin-based educational project Foodjustice and led by Elly Jarvis.

Session 4

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Closing declaration

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In this session a closing declaration of the congress will be elaborated on. The individual political demands of the declaration will be discussed in a group setting during these 90 minutes.  At the end of the congress all parties interested are given the opportunity to sign the closing declaration.

Lunch break

90 minutes

Session 5

02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Building sustainable communities through Bio-Districts

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As Bio-Districts are being built across Europe, we will have a look at different examples from Italy and France. We will get to know what it means to create and constantly adapt a complex Bio-District in practice. What are the legal requirements and lessons learned from the diverse approaches across Europe? We will also get to know which networking processes are in place on a European level and how they engage to support Bio-Districts and Eco Regions across Europe.

Confirmed speakers: Salvatore Basile, Roberto Stucchi Prinetti, Samuel Bonvoisin

Coffee break

30 minutes

Panel discussion 2

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Building regional networks

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Marketing regional food products is one way to improve sustainability and to ensure regional independence from the global markets. New methods of marketing regional food products such as community supported agriculture or direkt (online) marketing are spreading across Europe. We are going to learn about the possibilities of building regional networks in theory and in praxis.

Confirmed speakers: Tom O’Kane, Johanna Stumpner, Roos Galjaard, Wannes De Jonghe

Wednesday

24 March

Session 6

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Cities assuming the responsibility of food production

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How to feed the city is a question many people, not just politicians are concerned about. There are several niche innovations that tackle the problem in one way or another, from the concept of Vertical Farming to Food Policy Councils that are developing in many cities all around the world. In this session we want to look closer into the example of an urban gardening project as well as the example of a rooftop garden as a form of ZFarming (Zero-acreage farming). In the final discussion, we will explore “Business Models in Urban Agriculture”.

Confirmed speakers:Pascal Hardy, Filippos Polatsidis, Dr. Bernd Pölling, Beatrice Stude

Coffee break

30 minutes

Panel discussion 3

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Impact on politics

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Especially for small projects it can be difficult to be visible on the map of international politics and to be competitive in the currently finance-dominated economic system. Still there are some success stories to be told. We are going to learn from their experiences and talk to the experts in politics and civil society about the obstacles we are facing in the struggle to implement a sustainable food system and the ways forward in order to overcome them.

Confirmed speakers: Ana Moragues Faus (PhD), Janneke Bruil, Inés Jordana, Paula Gioia

Lunch break

90 minutes

Session 7

02:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Innovative financing systems

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The financing of projects that are highly valuable to the transformation of the food system can be a real challenge. Several pioneers are exploring new and old ways of funding sustainable agriculture . We will hear their approaches and learn from their experiences. Finally we are going to discuss the topic: “Innovative financing opportunities for agriculture and the food industry”, being joint by a researcher in the field of Organic Farming & Marketing.

Confirmed speakers: Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Häring, Dr. Jenny Lay-Kumar, Gonzalo Úrculo, Ralph Böhlke

Coffee break

30 minutes

Panel discussion 4

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Outlook: Synergies, networks and the way forward

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The transformation of the food system evolves along the entire value chain of the food production from farm to fork. The interdependence of actors across different process stages in the food system is very pronounced. Often it is not possible to stay within the boundaries of one area while tackling the problem of an unsustainable global food production system. To create synergies is not a question of “if?” but of “how?”. 

Confirmed speakers: Stanka Becheva, Dr. Fedele Colantuono, Prof. Mariantonietta Fiore, Marina Guédon