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Towards a Citizens' Agricultural Policy

Nourish Scotland

Thursday, 22 October 2015 at 09:00 - Friday, 23 October 2015 at 14:00 (BST)

Towards a Citizens' Agricultural Policy

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Nourish Scotland, in cooperation with ARC 2020, is organizing this event to gather citizens, farmers, civil society, and representatives from regions and cities to rethink the governance of food and farming policies in Europe, the UK, and Scotland.  To borrow a phrase from the current debate on land reform in Scotland, what would ‘people –centred food governance’ look like?


Key themes

- IDEAS: what are the issues the CAP must address and how? 

- ACTORS: who should participate in shaping food and agricultural policies? 

- ADVOCACY: how can we use structures and processes to exert influence, and how can we strengthen our capacities to be more effective? 



Thursday 22nd October

9.00 Tea and coffee

9.30 Welcoming words by the organizers and host Pete Ritchie, Celia Nyssens, Simon Milne

10.10 Start of the morning session.

A brief history of the CAP David Barnes

What can we learn from the last reform process? Faustine Bas-Defossez

What are the issues the CAP should be designed to solve? Samuel Féret

The global context of civil society participation in food system reform Nora McKeon

11.45 Panel discussion

12.30 Lunch

13.45 Start of the afternoon session

14.00 Involving grassroots movements in agricultural policy-making Guus Thijssen, Hassan Waheed, Mo Samson, Tom Kirby, and Cheryl McIntyre

15.30 The role of cities in agricultural policy Lesley Hinds, Rosie Boycott, Harriet Friedmann

17.00 Concluding remarks


Evening reception

This reception is organised for participants of Nourish Scotland's conference Towards a Citizens' Agricultural Policy, as well as other people wishing to join in for informal discussions.

More information and registration here:

Friday 23rd October  

9.00 Tea and coffee

9.30 Foreword by MEP Alyn Smith and start of session.

Engaging civil society in food system reform
Global perspective Nora McKeon & Patrick Mulvany
European perspective Samuel Féret

Scottish perspective Pete Ritchie & Patrick Krause

12.30 Concluding remarks

13.00 Lunch


Guided tour of the Botanic Gardens

On Friday afternoon, interested participants are invited to join in a guided tour of the Botanic Gardens.


14.00  Visit to the Botanic Cottage, Edible Garden and Demonstration Garden with David Knott (Curator, Living Collections)

15.00   Group is met by David Harris (Deputy Director of Science) and Lorna Mitchell (Head of Library, Archives and Publications) and split into two groups that will take turns to visit

- the Herbarium with David Harris (Deputy Director of Science) 

- the Library and Archives with Lorna Mitchell (Head of Library, Archives and Publications)


15.40  End of Visit

Do you have questions about Towards a Citizens' Agricultural Policy? Contact Nourish Scotland

When & Where

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20A Inverleith Row
EH3 5NZ Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Thursday, 22 October 2015 at 09:00 - Friday, 23 October 2015 at 14:00 (BST)

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