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Access to Land Network: updates on our work, new resources, events and more!

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Welcome! 

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020. We're excited to share our latest events, reports and activities with you. We hope you find this issue useful and interesting - as always, do get in touch with any comments and let friends and colleagues know they can sign up for news via the website.

Updates on our work 

New publication: a guide to setting up an access to land initiative 
The Access to Land Network (A2LN) will shortly be launching a new guide: ‘Access to land for agroecological farming: a guide for setting up a land initiative and developing a land strategy’. Written by members of the A2LN, and packed full of tips, advice and inspiring examples, the first part of the guide sets out the practical aspects new organisations might need to consider while the second part offers more advanced information on how to develop access to land activities. Read more here
Evaluation of the Access to Land Network
In 2019, the Access to Land Network benefited from an external evaluation offered by the Fondation de France. This evaluation focused on all aspects of the Network’s activities since 2010 with the aim of assessing our progress, the relevance of our actions and methods and our impacts. Read more about the findings here

Networking 

Our members and partners are active in the field. Take a look at what they have been up to over the last few months and what they have planned.
Farm incubators emerging in Spain 
During the last year, Spanish organisations have been shaping RETA, the network that is expected to foster generational renewal by adapting farm incubators’ strategy in Spain. With two pilot farm incubators underway and a forthcoming workshop in June, these are exciting developments. Read more
New Greek access to land study  
A new study aimed at enabling Greek social movements to better identify which legal levers exist to support access to land for agroecology has recently been published. Commissioned by Agroecopolis Hellas (AEP), and written by a lawyer working with grassroots urban and food movements in Greece, the research reviews historical legislation and looks at the potential for current laws to encourage and support new access to land for farming. Read more
Peasant to peasant agroecology project 
An exciting European Erasmus+ learning exchange project involving six European peasant organisations is underway. Exploring what peasant agroecology means both practically and politically, the project is based around a series of ‘hot topic’ training seminars hosted by the various partners. Forthcoming topics include technological autonomy and cultivated biodiversity. Read more
New photographic project, Parade, backs call to action on access to land 
Pulitzer prize nominated photographer Mark Neville’s new project, Parade, captures what it means to be a community in rural Guingamp, Brittany. Inspired by his conversations with farmers, particularly around the challenges of access to land, Mark approached the Access to Land Network to contribute a call to action in a specially produced booklet to accompany the project. Read more
Agroecology finds its way into England's post-Brexit Agriculture Bill 
But the context in which it’s mentioned leaves the meaning somewhat obscure. UK agroecological groups are campaigning for further clarity before the Bill is finalised. Read the latest here including outline proposals for the new farming support schemes post CAP.
Access to land as a tool for land stewardship
Read more about the Catalan Nature Conservation Network’s (XCN) new strategic approach embedding access to land in its land stewardship work.
Mobilising to save a Welsh county farm 
Trecadwgan Farm, a County Farm belonging to Pembrokeshire County Council in Wales, was sold yesterday by public auction. The community action group campaigned hard and garnered wide-spread support. It had already had its offer for the farm previously accepted and then rejected by the council. Yesterday they were outbid but vow to continue their campaigning work to ensure other county farms are not sold off in this way. Read more
New Spanish Access to Land Focus Group
The Spanish National Rural Network is setting up a focus group on ‘Access to Land’ with a first meeting of multidisciplinary experts on March 9th.  The aim of this focus group is to discuss and analyse the situation and the main challenges around access to land, including generational renewal and new entrants in the agrarian sector, as well as to explore opportunities and practical solutions. The results and conclusions are expected at the end of the first semester 2020. The Spanish organisations who are members of the Access to Land Network will be key participants in the discussions.

All views expressed in this newsletter are solely those of the authors and in no way reflect the funders' opinions. The funders are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained here.  

About Us

We are an informal network of European organisations working on issues around access to land for sustainable agro-ecological farming. You can read more about us here.

Upcoming events

Spain, 9 March 2020 Spanish National Rural Network focus group meeting on Access to Land
Romania, 16-17 April Young Farmers for the Future, EU and pan-EU forum, Transylvania, Romania
International Day of Peasants' Struggle 17 April a series of international and European events  
Spain, 22-24 April Global Congress of ILCN and ELCN   
Spain, 3-5 June Farm Incubator workshop in Lleida 

Save the date

France, 21-27 September 20th Organic World Congress in Rennes
Scotland, 9-20 November 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow 

Listen in.. 

Listen again to ‘This land is your land, this land is my land?’ webinar
Join Sylvia Kay (Transnational Institute) and Attila Szocs (EcoRuralis) as they discuss their research and activism on land grabbing, with a particular focus on Romania, and the implications for political struggles over land and territories. 

Find out more about.. the Irish Regenerative Land Trust (IRLT)

We recently caught up with the IRLT, a new access to land organisation in Ireland, to learn more about their work, what is inspiring them, and their upcoming activities. Read more
 

Access to land a major theme at Oxford Real Farming Conference 

With a record number of sessions on land, covering hot topics such as land sparing versus land sharing and ownership versus stewardship, the ORFC was an energised, enthusiastic and topical gathering. Access listen and watch again links and read more here

New UK report

Reviving County Farms in England
County farms can play a vital role in creating a system of land use for the common good – providing opportunities to help meet the interconnected challenges of climate collapse, food sovereignty and local economic resilience says new report. County farms shouldn’t be sold off, instead councils should promote the value of their farms and embrace innovative opportunities to provide more opportunities for new entrants. Read more

Find out who else is working on access to land in our Directory.

 

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