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Conference on Access to land in Europe : learning from the field

Date: 19-21 June 2017
Title: Conference on Access to land in Europe : learning from the field
Country: Belgium
Location: Brussels
Organiser: Access to Land Network

Europeans need farmers to produce good food, feed our communities, foster rural development and take good care of our environment. But growing evidence from farmers, rural development organisations and experts shows that access to land is a significant obstacle for farmers in Europe, as well as being the primary obstacle to entering farming.

Meanwhile, social innovations are emerging throughout Europe to support farmers in securing land to enter farming or to consolidate their farm businesses. Over the past few years, organisations – coming together in the Access to land network – have mapped good practices and explored core issues related to access to land. These issues include how to open up land for new entrants, the role of local authorities, and available legal tools for land tenure and stewardship.

For two days, on 19-20 June, practitioners from across Europe will meet to share experience and analyses about issues and practical solutions to improve access to land for agroecological farmers.

On 21 June, a public conference will focus on drawing lessons and discussing policy levers with other civil society organisations, experts and policy-makers.

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