From September 2018 to February 2021, seven European and national level organisations working in various fields joined forces to build and disseminate strategic knowledge about land strategies for agroecology and food sovereignty.
They collaborated in an Erasmus + partnership called "Collaborative learning about Innovative Land Strategies". Partner organisations included the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC); Eco Ruralis, the Romanian peasant farmers’ union; the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM-EU); URGENCI, the international network of local solidarity partnerships and community-supported agriculture; Terre de Liens, a French civic movement promoting access to land for agroecology; the Real Farming Trust (RFT), a UK charity supporting "enlightened" agriculture; and the Transnational Institute (TNI), a Dutch research and advocacy on natural resource politics. Three of these organisations are also members of the Access to Land network.
This partnership gave us the opportunity to share and cross-fertilize our experiences and analyses around farmland use in Europe and the many pressures it is faced with. It also enabled us to document and disseminate a large range of grassroots and policy solutions, from the local to the European levels.
The partnership thus resulted in:
Due to the sanitary crisis, the partners could not engage as much as initially planned with policy makers, although some exchanges took place in particular on the occasion of the training seminar and several of the webinars.
This partnership enabled us to consolidate our analyses and proposals, and to build stronger links between the partner organisations, which are continuing to collaborate at national and European levels.