The European Union is facing a decline in agricultural employment each year. In 2016, only 11% of farms in the European Union were run by farmers under the age of 40, more than half of farm managers in the European Union are 55 years old or older, and nearly a third are 65 years old or older (Eurostat, 2019). Thus, paving the way and ensuring generational renewal in the agricultural sector is a central issue to work on for the maintenance of family farming in Europe.
The objective of these participatory workshops is to exchange and collect best practices and information from the field on current problems especially related to generational renewal within farming communities, to the issue of installation of young people and non-agricultural people in the sector as well as to the transmission of farms. Young people from different educational backgrounds and different localities will show the diversity of cross-cutting solutions to revive EU rural areas, to find innovative ways to transform the governance of food systems and thus to break the siloed approach on agricultural and farming issues.
How to start an agroecological farm? - 30 September in Athens, greece
The participatory workshop organised by Agroecology Greece, a network of agricultural scientists, trainers and producers aims at adressing the most pressing issues regarding the farming sector in Southern European regions with a focus on the greek context. Through farm visit and world café discussion, this workshop aims to exchange experiences and to gain organisational capacities on how to build an agroecological farm project as young farmers, to discuss on barriers and to generate ideas on promising solutions, to raise awareness on barriers and opportunities reaching out to policy makers, agricultural advice and education and to network and build working relationships for practical implementation of ideas created during the workshop.
More information and registration:
Christina Chrisoula – email@example.com
Germinating Engagement within Agroecology Inspired Community Food Networks –Linking Farmers, Activists, Researchers and Food Communities - On 24 September 2023 in Hungary
We invite farmers, food advocates, students and community members interested in agroecology to join us for a participatory workshop on September 24th organized by Zsámboki Biokert and Cargonomia working in cooperation with the Hungarian Agroecology Network and supported by Agroecology Europe. We look forward to offering the chance to exchange experience about the challenges and opportunities in pursuing agroecology in practice within the context of an organic market garden and associated local food communities. The workshop will include discussions with the farm team, interactive exchanges with local food advocates, a tour of the organic farm, and a lunch cooked with ingredients from the garden. We hope to see you in September in Zsámbok!
Agroecology, food, health and well-being in the Spanish territories, for the current and future generations - 12 and 13 May 2023 in malaga, sPain
The workshop was organized during the XXX SEAE’s Technical Conference held in Malaga from 12 to 13 May 2023 aimed to contribute to fairer, safer, healthier, more inclusive and more resilient food systems in Spain, as a real option for current and future farmers. With the aim of enhancing networking of local stakeholders, as well as with different initiatives that share common goals and needs at National and International level, several experiences of young farmers and of elderly farmers that have managed to get generational renewal for their projects through their descendants were presented and discussed with the 37 participants.
Seed sovereignty: just a dream? - 22 October 2022 in Valdibella, Italy
On the 22nd of October 2022, Agroecology Europe Youth Network organized, in collaboration with Valdibella Cooperative, Aterraterra Association and Schola Campesina, a participatory workshop in Italian titled “Seed sovereignty: just a dream?” One of the most discussed and controversial issues in agriculture is seed supply and how peasants cannot produce their own seeds while being dependent on big companies. During this workshop, a simple question was discussed, but with the answer not equally easy: How to achieve patent-free agriculture?”.
Sharing experiences for building an agroecological farm project as young farmers - 8 October 2022 in Nova Milanese, Italy
On the 8th of October 2022, a participatory field workshop was held at Ortofficina Società Agricola with the aim of sharing information and practical knowledge related to the establishment and management of a collectively-run agroecological farm and facilitating the replication of this model in other places.