IPC organizations are present and active in:
Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom
The IPC in the Region
Facilitator: Paula Gioia – ECVC/LVC, Germany
Facilitator: Judith Hitchman – Urgenci, Ireland/France
Olcay Bingol – ECVC/LVC – Belgium
IPC is represented by the Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia Food Sovereignty Movement (Nyéléni ECA). Nyéléni ECA is a political and social alliance of grassroots, community based movements and organizations, representing small-scale food producers: peasants/small farmers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, small-scale fisher people, agriculture and food workers; and supporting constituencies, such as urban poor; rural and urban women’s and youth organisations; consumers, environmental, justice, solidarity, human rights organizations; community-based food movements, which politically respect the 6 principles of Food Sovereignty as agreed at the First Nyéléni Food Sovereignty Forum and sign up to the Nyéléni Europe Declaration from 2011.
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. 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 is represented by 3 members of Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia Facilitation Committee from different constituencies.
ECVC – European Coordination Via Campesina, small-scale farmers constituency
URGENCI – The International Network of Community Supported Agriculture, consumers constituency
CSIPN – Centre for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North, indigenous peoples constituency
WFFP – World Forum of Fisher Peoples, fisher peoples constituency
ESN/ European Chapter of WAMIP – The World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples, pastoralists constituency
What do we do?
> Strategic axes:
Producation and consumption: Changing how food is produced and consumed with specific focus on small-scale, localized, sustainable and agroecological food systems;
Distribution: Changing how food is distributed to guarantee short supply chains and the re-establishment and the strengthening of territorial markets;
Work and social conditions: Valuing work and improving social conditions in food and agricultural systems to encourage fair labour relations, to increase the share of added value that goes to producer and local structures, and to ensure a living wage;
Natural resources and commons: Reclaiming and asserting the right to land, water and other natural resources and the Commons;
Public policies: Changing public policies governing our food and agricultural systems to advance food sovereignty in Europe, also considering its influence to other regions of the world;
Regional Consultation of the CSOs
The Regional Conference for Europe and Central Asia (ERC) is an official forum where Ministers of Agriculture and other high officials from all Member States in the region meet to debate challenges related to food and agriculture, thus promoting regional coherence.
Representatives of regional, interregional and international organizations, as well as from civil society and private sector, are invited as observers to the conferences.
The Regional Conference is organized every two years and is preceded by a Regional Consultation of Civil Society Organizations.
> Next ERC: 32nd session of the Regional Conference for Europe, 2nd – 4th of November, on-line meeting
> Last Regional CSO Consultation: 27th of April 2018, Budapest, Hungary
> Last ERC: 31st session of the Regional Conference for Europe, 16 – 18 of May 2018, Voronezh, Russian Federation