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[MoI] AGROECOPOLIS: Hellenic network for Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Access to Land

Rural topic(s): Local food Chains, Access to land

Type: Narrative story

Date of writing: November 1, 2017

Author(s) of this page: Jenny Gkiougki

Summary:

Agroecopolis, the Hellenic network for Agroecology Food Sovereignty and Access to Land is a grassroot organisation, formal representative for the country of Greece for the European Food Sovereignty Movement and for the Nyeleni Forum; it belongs to the European CSA movement and is member of the URGENCI kernel and the European CSA Research Group.

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Description of activities

Background

Agroecopolis is a very young, grassroots non-profit, non-governmental organisation.

Activities

  • Actively promoting different models of connecting con-sumers and producers -like CSA,

  • Providing links with the social solidarity economy move-ment and alternative currencies; issues of inclusion for sensitive social groups, migrants and displaced people through the idea of food production, distribution and consumption.

  • Acting as a hub for networking, experience sharing, training, facilitation and provision of resources.

  • Promoting participatory action research, advocating for policy change on local, national and international levels, creation of food policy councils.

  • Counselling and training on ethical solidarity economy and human relations.

  • Safeguarding our commons and Greek agricultural land through practices of communal ownership and usage.

  • We promote ethical consumption and a change of con-sumer habits especially with regards to our food.

Outlook

Challenges

Actually access to funds. The financial condi-tions in Greece make it difficult to crowdfund; institutions, local authorities etc. are overwhelmed with applications, we are in need of some starting capital.

Next steps for the next 2 years

  • 3 Erasmus+ projects with major European partners;

  • a pilot PGS (Participatory Guarantee Systems) in the extended area of Thessaloniki;

  • networking of food initiatives with view to create the Thessaloniki Food Policy Council;

  • hosting the 4th European CSA meeting and the 7th International CSA Symposium (Dec 2018);

  • gardening project together with refugees;

  • focus on consolidating CSA movement around the country; set up a national CSA association;

  • bring together, empower small agroecological farmers;

  • revive the Permaculture Caravan with new objectives

Notes:

Information gathered at: the ERSG 2017 (European Rural Sustainability Gathering), Greece, Karditsa, 17-21 May 2017

Contact:

Contact: Jenny Gkiougki

E-mail: agroecopolis.hellas (a) gmail.com; bethechange (a) agroecopolis.org

Website: www.agroecopolis.org (under construction)

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Informations:

Scale of intervention : European

Keywords: community supported agriculture - CSA, land access

Places: Greece

Actors: NGO, farmer, consumer, volunteers