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Nyélé Infopost January 2020

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Hello dear people who are active and interested in food sovereignty,

First of all we wish you a happy start into the new year! After a longer winter break, our first newsletter 2020 comes with some news and participation opportunities from the movement for food sovereignty, without claiming to be exhaustive, of course!

Unlike planned, our annual meeting will unfortunately not take place this Sunday. The competition between a number of exciting parallel events and the feedback from a number of those who were unable to attend have prompted us to postpone the date again at very short notice. After all, networking works best when as many threads as possible come together, bring their topics and deadlines with them, and can form new nodes together. There is no new date yet, we will keep you updated and still hope to see you soon!

Get in touch when you feel like getting involved and making your perspective and your context visible in the context of our movement. Where are you with? The events and campaigns listed here were for the most part brought in by Nyéléni activists and are partly designed by them. If you also want to contribute something for the next newsletter, you can Until February 15, 2020 we are happy to send you reports, dates and announcements again [email protected] send.

Now there are only a few days left until the We're sick of it! Demo in Berlin, where we will hopefully meet many of you. Or in Tübingen, where there is now a WHES demo for the third time.

We hope you enjoy reading and networking

Your Nyko ( coordination)

Reports and calls

«Documentation and video from the Nyélé congress. 3

«INVITATION: Participate in the - Active - Circle. 3

«Tractor sponsorships for the WHES demo in Berlin. 3

«Report from the conference:“ Good food for everyone! But how?". 5

«Protest actions in the bakery trade - the receipt obligation drives distortions of competition for the trade to extremes. 5

«Food sovereignty: further training and further development of the workshop concept. 7th

«Publication of the insect atlas of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. 8th

«HACKATHON solidarity agriculture and solidarity economy. 8th

«Solawi vegetable growing training is looking for speakers, courtyards and donations. 9

"Call for associations" Digitization in Agriculture. 10

«Radio interview KoLa Leipzig. 10

Dates and events

«Agricultural dialogue: Agriculture and society for a sustainable agricultural policy. 11

«Pot, dance, talk - Schnippeldisko in Berlin. 11

«“ We're fed up with it! ”Demo in Berlin. 11

«" We're fed up with it! "- Demo in Tübingen. 11

«ÖBV women's seminar. 12th

"Free The Soil open plenary. 12th

«What's going on in the yard? Cleaning and rebuilding of grain. 12th

«Reclaim the Fields Meeting 2020. 12

«Climate adaptation in agriculture - two-day symposium .. 13

«Sustainable Food Systems Conference. 13th

«Book presentation: Völkische Landnahme. 13th

«Contact forum handover 2020. 14

«Demo for an agroecological agriculture !. 14th

«Vert. Specialized course: How do I design my self-sufficiency with perennial plants ?. 15th

«World Women's Day. 15th

«Day of smallholder resistance. 15th

«Regio Challenge 2020. 15

«Organic young farmers conference. 16

Further information

«Climate plan from below. 17th

«Scientific publication. 17th

«Scientific publication on the UN smallholder rights. 18th

«Generational renewal in agriculture and the reform of the CAP. 18th

«Crowdfunding Wasser Hof Vorberg. 18th

«Smart farmers !. 18th

«FOOD RELATIONS report. 19th

«Good food for everyone! Foundations of an anti-speciesist agriculture of tomorrow. 19th

«Data protection, deleting and registering. 20th

Reports and calls

After a good year, the detailed documentation is online with excursion reports, thematic, regional and actor group protocols as well as information about the participants from the Food Sovereignty Congress, which took place in Freiburg in December 2018:

There are many points of contact and of course there were new developments in most areas in the past year. Perhaps this documentation, as a general overview, can get some processes going and rekindle the energy that arose at the congress.

Regardless of whether you took part in the congress or not: If you would like to network thematically, regionally or specifically for groups of actors, please write to [email protected]

Comments and remarks on the documentation are also very welcome!

A short video from the congress is also online:

The active group represents the coordination group of Nyeleni in the German-speaking area. It is open to everyone who is currently actively involved in the process. At the moment it is about planning the next Nyélé annual meeting, creating a new flyer, public relations, compiling the next newsletter, working on the international Nyéléni level. Feel free to contact us at [email protected]

2020 will be a decisive year: implementation of climate-friendly arable farming, conversion to animal welfare, reform of EU agricultural policy. Therefore, tackle the agricultural turnaround now with the farmers! For a socially accepted rural-ecological agriculture, for climate justice and good food! For fair prices and a clear political and economic framework.

Supports the farmers who drive their tractor to the demo by sponsoring a tractor. In return, you will be added to the list of tractor sponsors on the homepage. Further information:

Report of the winter meeting of the youngAbL in Weimar 11/28 - 11/29

by Doro Sterz

How political agriculture is can also be seen in Germany. In the decision of consumption, in the decision of the economy and the associated effects on cultural landscapes, biodiversity and local economic structures. The young AbL is a political voice in agriculture (young working group for rural agriculture) for 10 years now.

This year's winter conference in Weimar dealt with rural solidarity in an international context.

The federal manager of the AbL As an introduction, Georg Janßen gave an overview of the political work of the AbL last year: the occupation of the feed port in Brake, the arable farming paper and the demonstration against CETA on the German-Belgian border.

The other achievements in international cooperation were presented by Paula Gioia. It represents the AbL in its international umbrella organization “La Via Campesina” (Spanish: The rural way). It is important to mention the adoption of the UN declaration of farmers' rights, which was initiated by La Via Campesina.

Hopefully this declaration will be a tool to counteract the displacement of farmers here and in the global south, who are threatened by the MERCOSUR agreement, for example. Tobias Reichert from Germanwatch discussed the effects of the agreement on the economies of the countries involved. He fears a further drop in the price of beef and thus greater economic pressure for farmers in Germany.

The second day was marked by another aspect of the political in agriculture. Agriculture as a form of protest. A form of resistance / resistance and also the basis for autonomous projects apart from dependency. This is becoming very concrete in the occupied and bombed cities of Syria. Julia Bar-Tal, a farmer who worked there, showed us impressive pictures of destroyed streets and food transports guarded by the military. But it also showed images of hope in the form of people producing their own food in the open spaces of the city. This gives them sovereignty over the warring parties that occupy the cities.

Further signs of self-determined development can also be seen in the “Make Rojava Green Again” project. This is developing a self-determined ecological agriculture in rural areas in the autonomous region of Rojava in northern Syria. As a young AbL, we were inspired by the enduring peasant resistance and show our solidarity in our political action here and with a view to the international.

In order to be able to go into action after this exciting and intensive conference, we will carry these impulses further into the local groups and look forward to it on January 18, everyone at the We are fed up! Demo together and loudly the rural and ecological To call for a turnaround in agriculture.

From November 1-3, 2019, the Nyéléni Austria Autumn Forum took place in the “School of Disobedience” in the tobacco factory in Linz. Over the weekend, more than 200 interested people discussed, networked and identified common perspectives and obstacles. The main topic of this year's forum was “Good food for everyone - but how?”. What food do we want? Today and in the future? Under what conditions is it produced? Who can afford it? Who is at the stove? What responsibility do consumers have? Over the weekend we found a lot of answers! The contents of the numerous program items could be discussed in a variety of ways and a lot of space was created for inspiration, perspectives and ideas.

Complete report: www.ernahrungsouveränitä / guten-essen-fuer-alle-aber-wie-2 / # more-18698

"Receipt presentations" took place in member companies of Die Freie Bäcker e.V. Namely "exactly at the point where most of the receipts will be found from January 2nd, 2020: on the floor in front of the counter in the customer room," says Roland Schüren from Hilden. He is one of the bakery owners who are addressing the public and politicians with a protest against the receipt obligation.

Blog post about the campaign:

What is it about? On January 1st, 2020 another regulation, also affecting the food trade - the new Kassensicherungsverordnung (KassenSichV) of the Federal Ministry of Finance - will come into force. The essential part of this ordinance is the obligation to issue a receipt. This means that a receipt must be printed out for every purchase and handed over the counter, even if only one pretzel is bought.

The unnecessary environmental pollution - caused by 5 billion printed receipts per year only in Germany's bakeries as well as the receipt paper, which is still often a health hazard - would be sufficient as an argument for rejecting the receipt obligation.

But there are other serious arguments - not only against the receipt obligation! Contrary to the innumerable assurances on the part of politicians in the federal and state governments to finally create fair framework conditions for the (food) craft that correspond to the services and risks, the pressure due to distortions of competition continues to increase.

For example, more and more laws, ordinances and standards intervene in the everyday work of our companies. The flood of regulations has not been manageable in the trade for a long time! These regulations, which are primarily tailored to the risks of industrial processing and consequently to very high quantities and area-wide distribution systems, contribute to the displacement of local craft businesses from villages and city districts. As qualified craftsmen who work competently, independently and in close proximity to customers, we are incapacitated and pre-criminalized if we cannot fully comply with the multitude of regulations.

While our craft businesses are subject to tax evasion with the receipt obligation, Germany did not approve public, country-specific tax reporting for large multinational companies (public country-by-country reporting) in the EU Council of Ministers at the end of November. This means that there is still no tax transparency with regard to these companies - and thus no tax fairness. But if you really want to stop tax avoidance, you must finally create transparency. We are fed up with this unequal treatment!

The Freie Bäcker e.V. therefore continue to demand fair competitive conditions. In order to achieve this goal, the association has drawn up a number of proposals. These include:

  • To determine and present the specific barriers in the craft based on an empirical study or meta-study.
  • To impose a moratorium on all regulations for small businesses and to develop a minimum standard of regulations to be complied with in the form of a practical positive list for a self-commitment regulation.
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises: All existing laws and ordinances should be recorded and checked in specialist groups to which the actors of the respective trades belong. On the basis of this recording, graduated, practical regulations should be drawn up according to the size of the company and its structure, in accordance with the risk and hazard potential.
  • For craft businesses, independent regional centers are to be set up for the purpose of coaching, technical support and further development (including imparting industry-independent knowledge from research and development) and as an interface to the authorities.
  • The reconstruction of local / regional value chains and thus regional supply structures (e.g. missing mills, dairies, hose companies ...) should be supported by appropriate funding, e.g. in the area of ​​the development of medium-sized technologies, infrastructure, expanded / cross-value chain vocational training, etc. This serves in particular for environmental and climate protection, the preservation of rural structures and the attractiveness of rural areas.
  • And, last but not least, it is about a socio-ecological form of taxation: prices must tell the ecological and social truth. Work has to be relieved financially and energy, raw materials and capital have to be burdened.

The time is ripe - for fair competition!

Many people have no clear idea of ​​what “food sovereignty” means - or have never heard the word before. On January 10th We have therefore organized a workshop in Lüneburg to learn even more about food sovereignty and to continue working on a workshop with which this knowledge can also be passed on.

In the morning, with the help of an interactive beginner's workshop on food sovereignty that we developed and additional input, we laid a common knowledge and discussion basis.

In the afternoon we further developed this beginners' workshop: What is missing in terms of content? How can the workshop work for different target groups, time periods and group sizes? What do you need to be able to do it independently?

More info at [email protected] and at:

The workshop was organized by JANUN e.V. as part of the EcoNa project and funded by the DBU.

There is an unimaginable number and variety of insects. They are at home in almost every ecosystem in the world. Nevertheless, they are massively threatened. It may be due to the seemingly inexhaustible mass that the extent of the danger was neglected for far too long. A very large part of the plant world is dependent on pollination by insects. In addition, insects are cleaning up our world. They decompose manure and dead plants or animals. In this way, they improve the quality of our floors.

The public reacted all the more clearly to the alarming scientific findings on insect mortality from 2017. Because politics is not acting fast enough for them, citizens, environmental associations, farmers and political parties come together in many places and start plebiscites to protect insects. And there is no getting around it - agriculture has to become part of the solution when it comes to protecting insects. The Insect Atlas 2020 provides the data and facts for this. At the same time, it shows how diverse, colorful and worth protecting the world of insects is.

For the online edition:

On the weekend of November 15-17, a hackathon with initiatives of solidarity agriculture and solidarity economy took place in Freiburg. At the invitation of the research company Die Agronauten, it was discussed which software solutions are available for the management of initiatives. The participants were therefore very mixed: farmers, project managers and programmers. Such a mixture is rarely found - but the exchange (in English) worked because it was possible to clearly articulate what is needed and what is still missing. New solutions were also developed in-house as part of the European “Solid Base” project, such as an app for orientation with regard to budget planning.

The 50 guests from 20 countries presented their own solutions and problems, and new software solutions were already being worked on. The meeting, which took place in the rooms of the Chaos Computer Club Freiburg, was very fruitful. For the future of agriculture, we will see more new formats like a hackathon, because agriculture is changing. There are more new forms of cooperation between producers, processors and consumers - as in solidarity agriculture. For this, new management and communication structures and tools have to be developed - ideally by the actors together.

The Solid Base project on the financial sustainability of solidarity-based agriculture has also developed a report that has analyzed the results of the study of farmers, prosumers and coordinators of solidarity-based agriculture projects across Europe in English: /2018/01/Report-for-Trainer-Financial-Sustainability-CSA-SFS.pdf

In addition, an APP was developed under the direction of the project partners of the Solidarity Agriculture Network:

In addition, an overview of existing software for the management of solidarity agricultural projects (CSA) was created:

Self-organized vegetable growing training is in the second round and is looking for support! Learn how we want and what we want. For this reason, people have come together again this year for self-organized vegetable growing training.

In 2017 there was already the first initiative for self-organized Solawi vegetable growing training and in 2018 a group began the first training cycle. A new cycle will start for the 2020 season, this time in two groups of 15 people each. The groups are each independent in their decision-making, structure and content design, as well as in their framework conditions, but network via the Solidarity Agriculture Network and are otherwise in close contact with each other.

We bear responsibility in vegetable growing to varying degrees and in different models. At the same time, in self-organized seminars on different farms, we want to deal with the theory and practice of organic vegetable growing, with socio-political issues relating to sustainable agriculture and food sovereignty, with various Solawi concepts and the specific requirements for Solawi farms.

That's why we're looking for you! Would you like to support us? Can you imagine hosting us for a seminar and showing us your farm and your working methods? Do you know your way around a topic such as soil fertility, culture management or fertilization and can you imagine sharing your knowledge as a speaker with us? You know some, who know what, who know what ...?

Then write to us at [email protected]ä! We're glad to meet you! We try to keep the seminars low-budget. Nevertheless, there will be some costs (speakers, accommodation, travel expenses, ...). This is difficult to manage with our (part-time) salaries or (rather low) internship payments alone. If you want to support our training financially, we are very happy about donations to the following account: Solidarian Agriculture e.V .; IBAN: DE07 43060967 4052 5311 00; BIC: GENODEM1GLS; Purpose: "Donation for training groups 2020".

Greetings, your training groups

The AbL and many other associations have launched the appeal “Digitization: The Federal Government must stand up for sustainable and socially just digitization in global agriculture”.

Press release:

Joint position paper:

Exciting radio interview with Eva Köhler from the cooperative agriculture KoLa e.V. about solidarity agriculture on 35 hectares in Plösitz near Taucha (15 minutes)

Dates and events

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - Berlin

Panel discussion with representatives of the movement Land Creates Connection and the AbL and Nabu: geht-das-z together

As part of the alternative Green Week (January 13-22, 2020) there are various panel discussions at the Heinrich Böll Foundation:

Friday January 17, 2020 - Berlin

Sat January 18, 2020 - Berlin

Right now, more than ever, it is about the future of agriculture. The large demonstrations of the last few weeks - in some cases several thousand tractors united against the agricultural package - show once again that the government's agricultural policy has failed. One thing is clear: we need the insects and clean water - no question about it! But it is also clear: the farmers must not be left alone with the important future tasks. Biodiversity, climate protection, more space for animals - this is also feasible on a broad scale if the federal government formulates clear perspectives and provides the money for them. At the moment it is particularly important to fight for the agricultural turnaround.

AbL video call for demo:

Help with the We're fed up with demo on January 18th, 2020 +++ please forward +++

Many helpers are still being sought for the collection of donations, as stewards (when the tractors pass through and as stewards in the demo train) as well as for the distribution of food. If you want to support on the day of the demo please contact us by phone or email:

Email: [email protected]; Phone: 030/28482437

Further dates related to the demo:

Sat January 18, 2020 -Tübingen


Fri. 24th - Sun. 26th January 2020 - Graz (Styria), Austria

Fri. 24th - Sun. 26th January 2020 - Bremen

Information about the meeting: [email protected]; general information:

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Haus Düsse, Bad Sassendorf

2nd Polish Forum for Food Sovereignty

Thu. January 30th - Sun. February 2, 2020 - Warsaw

Info: and (in Polish)

Tue 04-09 February 2020, Navarra, Spain

Contact: [email protected] Info:

Resistance on the edge of the plate

Fri. 07. and Sat. 08. February 2020 - Bern

Assembly for solidarity-based agriculture: www.

Fri. 07. - Sat. 08. February 2020 -Münnerstadt (Bavaria)

Organizer: Bavarian Administration UNESCO- Rhön Biosphere Reserve

More information: [email protected]

Fri. 07. - Sat. February 08, 2020 - Giessen

www.foodsystems2020. de / STARTPAGE

“Reaching the Region” - Spring Conference of the Network of Solidarity Agriculture

Fri. 07. - Sun. 09. February 2020 - Käbschützal / Krögis

Cooperating Solawi farms, large Solawi cooperatives, cooperation with nutritionists, gastronomy and educational institutions - the Solawi always extends into new spheres and areas. The Solawi movement started as a contribution to the agricultural turnaround and social change. Now we are growing out of the niche and want to ask ourselves the related questions: Can solidarity agriculture companies significantly contribute to the supply of entire cities and regions? How can Solawi processes and Solawi culture be translated into larger or more complex contexts, what are the limits and what are the conditions?

For beginners, there is a Solawi introductory workshop with start-up advice on the Friday afternoon before the start of the conference.

Further information and registration now at: www.solidä

February 18, 2020 - Freiburg

Andrea Röpke "Völkische Landnahme - Old clans, young settlers, right-wing ecos"

Fri. 21 to Sat. February 22, 2020 -Fulda

Fri. 28 to Sat. February 29, 2020 -Hamminkeln

The event is explicitly aimed at conventional and ecological farm managers as well as all interested farm hunters.

Registrations are possible until February 03, 2020 at

Sat February 22, 2020 - Bern, Switzerland

Agriculture plays a decisive role in the debate about the climate crisis, it has the potential to contribute a lot to the solution! We want to take to the streets together for social, rural and agro-ecological agriculture! Everyone comes, no matter if you are a hobby gardener, passionate farmer or simple vegetable lover! We look forward to a colorful demo on February 22nd, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. on the Schützenmatte in Bern!

Thursday, February 27th - Saturday, March 1st, 2020 - Bretzfeld-Rappach

Registration and information:

Sun. March 8th, 2020 - everywhere

There will be promotions again this year. Here is the link to activities in the last year:

April 17, 2020 - everywhere

There will be promotions again this year. Here is the link to activities in the last year:

Mon 14th to Sun 20th September 2020 - everywhere

Already in 2016, 2018 and 2019 people ate for a week in many places nationwide, including Switzerland, which grew and arose within a bicycle distance. The next round will start in 2020! Regio Challenge, the fourth! Be there! From September 14-20, 2020 together with as many others as possible, in as many places as possible!

You can participate as an individual, you can found a Regio Challenge group and compete together this week, you can get your town or village moving and you can organize events.

Challenge: It could be a bit challenging to do without cane sugar, orange juice, coffee, bananas, avocados, olive oil, pepper, curry and other beloved friends from all over the world for a while. Perhaps by consciously avoiding it, we will discover a local cider factory, a grain mill or a salt dome that we didn't know about before. We are sure to discover new recipes and new perspectives on what is growing around us ... or not growing.

The time is ripe for food sovereignty!

If you have any questions, please email us: [email protected]

Fri 06 - Sun 08 November 2020

Further information

For the climate plan from below, the writing process continues. We had some decentralized write-ins in different cities at the end of 2019. EkiB invites you to another write-in in Freiburg on January 20th (see under Events on our homepage

You can also check out the date of the big one Writing workshop from March 27th to 29th note. We also invite you to organize a write-in in your city. There is a whole package of moderation aids and advertising material for preparation. Get in touch if you are interested.

If you generally feel like helping with the campaign, regardless of what you would like to do with it, we cordially invite you to our next one Planning meeting on January 17-19 near Göttingen (with subsequent office time in the seminar rooms until January 24th). To register, an email [email protected] is sufficient

So hopefully see you soon, your climate plan from below-Orgacrew

This link leads to the writing platform and already created measures: There is, among other things, the area "Food sovereignty, agriculture and forest use"

More information about the campaign in general:

The rural way of a more than radical democracy: the fall of the Via Campesina

We examine the rural resistance of one of the largest social movements in the world, La Via Campesina, as an effective implementation of radical democracy in practice. In addition, the paper describes how the movement questions the framework of radical democracy by pointing out the ethical importance of recognizing the relationship between human dignity and nature and taking into account ethical-political values ​​that reflect the way of life Farmers are inherent. Their resistance is a rejection of the depoliticization of silence, and their everyday life is a commitment to a “more than human” radical democracy in the most radical sense, since they are always “in parliament with land”. In conclusion, we outline a perspective that is both more radical and more democratic, taking into account those who have not yet been heard, but also those who, in the face of radical democracy, have not been counted as part of the political body at all: nature.


Further information: [email protected]

And here is an interesting publication on the process of adopting the UN declaration on the rights of smallholders and other people who work in rural areas: "The United Nations Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas." Just recently published!

The digital version of the book “Generational Renewal in Agriculture and CAP Reform: A Glimpse from the Basque Peasant Movement for Food Sovereignty” is online. English version:

This book analyzes small projects that have promoted a model for sustainable agriculture (and that have prevailed despite hegemonic policies that promote intensive and dependent models). It visualizes profiles of baserritarras (farmers) who are not so recognized and finally explains the current moment of CAP reform and the main keys to understand it.

“We believe that it can be useful to look beyond the agricultural policy in Euskal Herria, to stimulate a broad and social debate and to strengthen alliances. But also to expand the discussions at European level and as a reference for other regions. "

The last two years have also been characterized by extreme drought at Hof Vorberg. That is why the idea is to collect and store surface water in times of heavy rainfall. The first step is to create a pond. In the second step, part of the courtyard area is to be paved and the surface water is to be channeled into the pond. A nice side effect is that journeys to work become mud-free. The aim of the crowdfunding project is future-proof and more sustainable water use in times of climate change.

Take part in crowdfunding - more information:

A new website with stories about the handover of the farm outside of the family is online:

The European food relations project on the inclusion of refugees through agriculture / gardening / cooking has results to show: The report that summarizes our research results over the past 1.5 years (in German):

The report is flanked by a film that has also been released: zusammenlebeneV/videos/991565934513968/%20

In general it can be said that there are great initiatives on the subject all over Europe and that information on the practices, challenges and solutions and further exchange can be rated as very valuable. After all, it is very important that the social discourse is constructive and positive.

At the end of 2019, an article was published that attempts to combine ideas and concepts of various emancipatory movements (food sovereignty, solidarity-based lifestyle, climate justice, feminist movements, degrowth and animal liberation) with (natural) scientific findings in order to create a (real) utopia of a sustainable and non-exploitative one Draw agriculture:

Schwerdtner, Ulrike (2019): Good food for everyone! Foundations of an anti-speciesist agriculture of tomorrow. Journal of Critical Animal Studies 2: 155-179. Animot Publishing House. 14.00 € plus shipping costs

Further information:

FIAN study and postcard campaign against land grabbing

Postcard campaign:

Link to the study


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