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Old Roots, New Shoots? Making Europe’s Food Production System More Environmentally and Socially Sustainable

As EU institutions and member states engage in negotiations over the future Common Agricultural Policy for 2021–2027, discussions abound over the extent to which the new Common Agricultural Policy will be more environmentally sustainable and will meet objectives on climate action. Attention is also being paid to the issue of how farms, large and small, can ensure quality production while remaining economically viable and guaranteeing livelihoods for farmers.

Despite the references to labor rights in the new farm to fork strategy, what is largely absent from the debate is a focus on the workers—many of whom are migrants—actually toiling in the fields, and on how their conditions could be improved.

Speakers

  • Abderrahmane Amajou

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    Abderrahmane Amajou is coordinator of the Migrant Network for Slow Food International.

  • Giorgia Ceccarelli

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    Giorgia Ceccarelli, policy adviser for Oxfam Italy, is co-researcher of the report Do We Need an EU Ethical Food Label?

  • Olivier De Schutter

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    Olivier De Schutter is UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and is co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.

  • Agitu Ideo Gudeta

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    Agitu Ideo Gudeta is founder of La Capra Felice.

  • Giulia Laganà

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    Giulia Laganà leads the Open Society European Policy Institute’s analysis and advocacy on EU policies on migration and asylum.

  • Maria Noichl

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    Maria Noichl is a member of the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

  • Letizia Palumbo

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    Letizia Palumbo, visiting fellow at the European University Institute, is co-lead of the report Are Agri-Food Workers Only Exploited in Southern Europe?

  • Kathrin Maria Rudolf

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    Kathrin Maria Rudolf is administrator for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development.

  • Karin Söderberg

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    Karin Söderberg is a member of the Management Board of the European Labour Authority.

  • Enrico Somaglia

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    Enrico Somaglia is deputy secretary general of the European Federation of Food, Agriculture, and Tourism Trade Unions.

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