We are happy to release the first Nyéléni Europe Newsletter! We hope it will be a participative and useful tool for communication and for sharing initiates from all around Europe. This Newsletter will aim to provide an intensive exchange of information in order to continue the fight for realising Food Sovereignty in Europe.


This was already the third time that consumers, farmers, activists, beekeepers and many other actors being involved in agricultural- and food issues come together with the slogan "We are fed up! Good food. Good farming. Now!”. The demonstrators –  also the 70 tractors, and the vehicles of beekepers – moved from the Berlin Central Station throughout the government district to the Federal Chancellery. The demonstration took place just days before the EU Parliament’s Agriculture Committee holds their final vote on CAP reform, and before the final stages of negotiations in Brussels begin.


Annual Report of activities of Nyeleni Europe Movement for Food Sovereignty in 2012. Thank you for all your energy, commitment and work in realizing Food Sovereignty in Europe! We hope to grow together and accomplish our common goals for a better future for food and farming. Below are the highlights of the year, from around Europe, that we are proud to present: conferences, meetings, actions, evaluations of the past and planning for the future.


This year, once more, following the decision taken by hundreds of organisations during the Nyeleni Europe Forum of August 2011, the Nyeleni Europe Committee calls to turn symbolically the "World Food Day" - celebrated all around the world on 16th October - into the "World Food Sovereignty Day". Why?


In frame of the European Social Forum, Firenze 10+10, held in Firenze, Italy on 8-11. November 2012, the Nyeleni Europe Movement for Food Sovereignty, the European Coordination La Via Campesina, Manitese, A.I.A.B and Cospe organised the first follow up meeting for the Axis 4 - Reclaiming the Right to our Commons.


The final report of the first European meeting on Community Supported Agriculture and Emerging Distribution Systems for Food Sovereignty has been released. The Urgenci-Europe Umbrella is launched! The first European meeting on Community Supported Agriculture and Emerging Distribution Systems for Food Sovereignty was held over three daysfrom 10-12 October 2012, in Milan.


How people, communities and others gain access to land, fisheries and forests is defined and regulated by societies through systems of tenure. The rules of tenure determine who can use which resources, for how long, and under what conditions.


This meeting held last week (October 10-12) resulted in the creation of an European CSA Platform, designed to foster exchange between local initiatives and to facilitate advocacy at the European Union level. This important meeting took place in response to the desire expressed during the Nyeleni-Europe forum, and should be considered as a concrete step to achieving Food Sovereignty now.


Today, it is one year since the beautiful week we spent in Austria at the first European Forum for Food Sovereignty. We worked together towards realising Food Sovereignty. We decided collectively to TRANSFORM our food system in Europe, and reclaim community control; RESIST the expansion of the agro-industrial food system; and BUILD our movement for Food Sovereignty in Europe.


Good food is a powerful experience and is something we care about. This year the future of our food and farming will be set by the European Parliament and national Governments as they decide over Europe’s Agriculture Policy (CAP) for the seven coming years, each of them worth about 60 billion Euro.