February 2016- The second ’Voedsel Anders’ (Food Otherwise) conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands, brought together 1000 people working on fair and sustainable food systems.
Over 60 workshops about practical and political ways to make the food transition were organised. The workshops provided space for exchanging ideas and experiences on topics such as agroforestry, seeds, closed-loop farming, short chains, community supported agriculture, new peasants, urban farming, land rights and trade policies. ILEIA as a part of the group that initiated and organised this event, which was supported by dozens of farmer networks, civil society and research organisations.
One of the keynote speakers was Jyoti Fernandes of La Via Campesina and the Land Workers Alliance in the UK.
Voedsel Anders is an emerging movement in the Netherlands and Belgium to make the transition to fair and sustainable food systems. It encompasses farmers, fisherfolk, scientists, beekeepers, students, artists, academics, policymakers, journalists and other active citizens. Voedsel Andersis organised around four major themes: agroecology, short chains and urban agriculture, fair and just trade policies and land rights and access to land.