Structure and operation of the Nyéléni ECA Network

1. Nyéléni Europe Forum:


Nyéléni Europe Forums for Food Sovereignty aim at amplifying our movement in Europe, and strengthening our vision of how to put the principles of Food Sovereignty into practice. They aim to catalyze and bring existing food sovereignty initiatives together, as well as to connect people and strengthen the work we do locally, nationally and/or regionally.


The Nyéléni Europe Forums for Food Sovereignty are based on the actions of hundreds of groups and organizations across the Europe and Central Asia region, to share experiences among national groups, and explore and develop collaboration on processes at local, regional and national level. These forums, which take place on an irregular basis, aim to increase the numbers of people engaging in the transformation of the dominant food and agriculture system, resisting the agro-industrial model of production and consumption, and building the Food Sovereignty Movement in Europe and Central Asia.


2. Facilitation Committee (FC):


2.a. Composition of the Facilitation Committee (FC)

The facilitation committee is composed of 5 active member organisations of the social movement constituencies in particular food producers. The nomination of the representatives follows autonomous consultation within the constituencies represented in the Facilitation Committee.


The composition of the Facilitation Committee should aim to have gender, generational and regional balance and also take into consideration other forms of exclusion and marginalisation along sexual identity, economic and ethnic lines.


2.b. Duration of the mandate:

Representatives of the members of the Facilitation Committee are appointed autonomously by each constituency for a two-year term.


2.c. Regular meetings:

The FC meets physically once/twice a year. Communication and meetings are preferably conducted using digital channels. External Symposium and Panels to which the Network is invited can be used to convene further physical meetings as necessary.


2.d. Role:

Facilitation Committee adopts political decisions and provides strategic guidance according to the Forum's outcomes. It ensures that there are consistent consultation processes and mechanisms with other constituencies that are not represented in the Facilitation Committee. It also guarantees the participation of the representatives from the Nyéléni Network in activities, events and consultations in which the Nyéléni Network is involved. The Facilitation Committee should inform and consult active members of the platform on any issues assuming representation of the platform or speaking on behalf of the platform.


The Facilitation Committee along with the secretariat, working groups and supporting constituencies are responsible for raising funds to maintain the technical secretariat and the Nyéléni processes in Europe and Central Asia.


Considering that the network is still developing, new constituencies might emerge in the future. The Facilitation Committee has the responsibility to analyse its composition on a regular basis to ensure diversity and inclusiveness.


2.e. Link to the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty - IPC structure:

The FC of Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia has to identify one FC member to represent the European and Central Asian region in the Facilitation Committee of the IPC.


In order to guarantee fluid communication and work between existing IPC processes in the Region, the Facilitation Committee of the CSOs in Europe and Central Asia will be represented by 3 members of Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia Facilitation Committee from different constituencies.


3. The Technical Secretariat:


The Secretariat is subordinate to political decisions of the Facilitation Committee. The Secretariat helps in implementing the political work of Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia and operates as the IPC secretariat for the Region


Key roles:


 • Technical assistance to the Facilitation Committee

 • In charge of administrative and financial management

 • In charge of implementing the communications strategies of the Network

 • Technical and administrative support to the working groups, including enabling the connection with the Facilitation Committee

 • Coordinate the sharing of information, communication and activities with IPC secretariats and IPC structures

 • Support fundraising along with the Facilitation Committee, working groups and supporting constituencies for maintaining the secretariat and the Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia processes


4. Working groups/thematic groups:


Working Groups are self organized and are open and flexible structures, formed on an ad hoc basis and with an open working methodology. The working groups must be led by the social movements and should encourage the participation of youth and women. All the organisations in the Nyéléni Food Sovereignty movement are invited to actively participate in the working groups. The working groups are coordinated by 2 political coordinators who are designated by the constituencies of the rightsholders (social movement constituencies), and 1 technical facilitator from supporting constituencies. Together they are responsible for maintaining direct contact with the Facilitation Committee in order to share key discussion points and action plans that emerge from the Working Groups and also to receive updates and information from the FC. Information should be regularly disseminated and circulated in the Region and organizations and within the Facilitation Committee. Each working group will agree on a supporting constituency to facilitate the daily implementation of the working plan. The supporting constituencies help the working groups by being one of the main contributors to the joint learning practices, carrying out necessary fundraising work and providing their technical expertise to contribute to the Regional processes.


5. Contact People:


Contact people are the link between national processes and the Facilitation Committee. Ideally, they should be mandated by an organisation that is part of a national Food Sovereignty Platform, where it exists. The national structure is autonomous, but should include the participation and representation of the same constituencies of the regional and international networks. The number of Contact People per country can vary from one to three people. They should come from different constituencies.


The main roles of the contact people are:

 • Dissemination of the necessary information to relevant organisations in their respective countries;

 • Report back from meetings and processes at national level to the Secretariat;

 • Collect information where needed to feed into the Regional Nyéléni processes;

 • Help identify people at national level that can provide follow-up in the implementation of the work-plans.

 • Facilitate the participation of persons from national level to meetings with a specific mandate on behalf of the Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia Network.


Fundraising for national processes is also responsibility of each national structure.