Access To Land

Farmers without Land?

Symposium at the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Berlin, Germany (26.01.2022)


"Farmers without Land? New opportunities through community land ownership" was the title of a conference organised by Kulturland jointly with two other German networks (Netzwerk Flächensicherung and Netzwerk Landwirtschaft ist Gemeingut) in Berlin. The topic of land was illuminated with a focus mainly on Germany. Around 200 participants attended the hybrid event. It was held as alternative event for the ‘Green Week’ - Germany’s most important agricultural fair, a professional event for processors and marketers in agriculture, horticulture and various food industries that took place at the same period in Berlin.

The conference was aiming to connect the different actors from civil society with land owners and managers as well as with politics and the farming sector.

OPENING SPEECH: The land we live on. Julia Bar-Tal, Young farmer

All sessions were recorded. Most of them are in German, but English subtitles are available.

  • Panel Securing soil for the common good in the long term, Various speakers. Speakers: Stephan Illi (Kulturland), Jasper Holler (Bioboden), Thomas Rüter (lawyer and founder of Netzwerk Landwirtschaft ist Gemeingut), Stefan Gothe (Regionalwert Impuls GmbH), Sebastian Schmidt (founder of Finc Foundation), Dr. Jan Menkhaus (Advisor for agriculture and food, Evangelical Church in Germany), Gunter Kramp (Das Ackersyndikat), Rene Tettenborn (Ökonauten). Chair: Felicitas Sommer
  • Political demands for a ‘Common Good’-oriented agriculture (PDF in German only), Titus Bahner, Kulturland
  • Panel Political support for land ownership for the common good? Representatives from politics and NGOs in discussion. Participants: Franziska Kersten (SPD), Ina Latendorf (Die Linke). Dr. Anne Monika Spallek (Die Grünen), Hans-Jürgen Thies (CDU), Jobst Jungehülsing (Soil Market Division at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture) and Julia Bar-Tal. Chair: Kathrin Gerlof


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