The fourth meeting of the Thematic Group (28 April 2020) was organised in collaboration with the Walloon Rural Network. Participants discussed how climate change mitigation can become economically viable and attractive for rural actors. Presentations of the day and background documents can be found here.
In the third video of the LEADER achievements series, Local Action Groups from Belgium, Czech Republic and Spain show and explain LEADER connects rural communities.
The video is available in six languages (EN, FR, DE, IT, ES and PL) on EURural, the ENRD YouTube channel, and in the new 'video' section in our LEADER Resources.
The European Commission is taking swift action and proposes additional exceptional measures to further support agricultural and food markets most affected. The EU agri-food sector is showing resilience in these unprecedented times, following the outbreak of the coronavirus. Still, some markets have been hit hard by the consequences of this public health crisis.
In Slovenia, quarantine has been going on for several weeks to prevent the propagation of the COVID-19 infection.
For the Ministry for agriculture, food and forestry, the population has become much more self-sufficient and residents are much more appreciative of local food, local providers and short food supply chains. Demand for food from farms and directly from growers has increased. Grassroots initiatives are promoting gardening and small-scale production of vegetables and spices.
Market places remain available to citizens. They represent a traditional place for the sale of food, seeds, vegetable seedlings, fruits and flowers. Letting them open - with strict safety measures to respect - contributes to preserve a sense of normalcy and a routine.
Local action groups (LAGs) are very active too. To further support local and homegrown food producers during the epidemic, they collect and share useful contacts on their websites.
An online map of farms selling food across the country has been made available with support by Ministry of agriculture and national funding.
The European Food Forum (EFF) summarised its members’ exchange of views on the impact of COVID-19 on the Food Supply Chain, held in a video conference in early April 2020 and further written contributions.
In rural Andalucia (Spain), Local Action Groups have promoted several initiatives to reduce the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For example, LAG Gran Vega de Sevilla has created a web with museum expositions, concerts and virtual trips to wonderful villages, offering entertainment and education to people during the confinement. LAG Guadajoz y Campiña Este developed a questionnaire for mapping the economic and social consequences of COVID-19. The Association 'El Avío' developed a social catering to help community members in need during the quarantine.
The rural world is proving its capacity to resist and adapt in these uncertain times. And in this pandemic, LEADER and the Local Action Groups are proving to be an effective tool for channelling the needs of rural territories, energising the population and tackling new global challenges.
European Commisson's DG GROW (Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) is collecting best practices from social economy and civil society in the fight against the coronavirus. Some of these were shared and discussed during an online event on 1 April and the presentations are available online.