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Cooperation, community, local food! We invite you to see a short documentary film, created by Polish Green Network, showing why and how consumers can support sustainable agriculture.
One of the main goals of the ClimATE Change project activities is raising awareness on the role of sustainable agriculture in addressing the climate change challenges in the context of food production and natural resources protection. We also try to show how consumers can support people- and climate-friendly agriculture through cooperation with farmers and building alternative food systems based on local food production and distribution, such as food cooperatives and various community supported agriculture initiatives.
In our film, titled "Power in Coop", people engaged in the food cooperatives movement and representatives of non-governmental organisations working for sustainable agriculture in Poland explain why consumers should try to buy local food and how they can cooperate with farmers. The interviews were filmed during the Open Cooperation Picnic of the 3rd Congress of Cooperatives taking place in June 2014 in Krakow, which was co-organized by Polish Green Network as one of the local public events in the framework of the ClimATE Change project.
We want to thank very much the authors of the film and all the interviewees for their cooperation. We hope that our film will be a source of inspiration to all viewers!
See the film (with English subtitles) here: vimeo.com/117382596
On the 27-28th November 2014, Polish Green Network, in the framework of the ClimATE Change project, held a training seminar in Warsaw titled "Climate for farmers - Cooperation to the benefit of farmers and climate".
The seminar was organized in partnership with Transformation Foundation and Polish Ecological Club. Its main goal was raising theoretical and practical knowledge of the participants on the issues of sustainable agriculture and the ways of supporting, both locally and globally, this model of food production as it is most climate-, environment- and people-friendly. Among the seminar participants were farmers, consumers, food producers and distributors as well as representatives of organizations working for the development of sustainable agriculture and responsible consumption in Poland.
One of the presenters was Łukasz Nowacki from Transformation Foundation, who gave lecture about the natural methods of increasing productivity of agriculture and reducing its negative impact on the environment, which can be implemented especially on farms but also on smaller scale in gardens or green urban areas. A representative of Poland's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development explained to the seminar participants the main directions of the reformed Common Agricultural Policy of the EU. Afterwards, Mieczysław Babalski, one of the pioneers of the organic farming in Poland, presented the advantages of building cooperation and longterm relations between farmers as well as farmers and consumers.
Three different types of initiatives started by consumers who want to buy food directly from farmers were presented by Wojciech Mejor. Community supported agriculture, food cooperatives and the first shop in Poland run by a food cooperative are all examples of activities based on cooperation and working together, which are beneficial to both consumers and farmers. The issue of cooperation within bigger networks of organizations - including international ones - was explained by Maria Staniszewska from Polish Ecological Club. The seminar ended with a very interesting panel discussion with the participation of various experts, farmers and activists.
The seminar showed clearly that activities supporting sustainable agriculture both locally and globally are on the rise around the world and despite the fact that industrial agriculture model still has a dominant position, voices demanding radical changes are increasingly heard. During the seminar the participants created a first draft of the charter which is supposed to present problems and challenges faced by farmers and consumers. The charter is also meant to be an attempt to find effective tools to support the development of sustainable agriculture in Poland.
Presentation delivered by Malcolm Borg from the MCAST Agribusiness Institute during the Dialogue-oriented Workshop held in Malta on the 20th of May 2014, as part of the ClimATE Change project.
To download it, click on the link on your left.
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Presentation delivered by William Grech, Executive Director of KOPIN Malta, during the ClimATE Change Dialogue-oriented Workshop held in Valletta on the 19th of May 2014.
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This contest has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this contest are the sole responsibility of the partners implementing the project “ClimATE Change – Enhancing competences on relationship between MDG 1 and 7 as effective approach to meet both goals ‐ DCI‐NSAED/2012/280‐ 926” and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.