28 Jun Activities of People’s Expo
The first important activity was the selection of networks to invite at People’s Expo forum. It was done following the suggestions of the Italian members of the Organizing Committee. The process was complex and it took more than six months to have 14 of them on officially board. The final list included: the Network of Food Communities of Terra Madre, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), La Via Campesina Europe, La Via Campesina International, IPC – International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty, Nyéléni Europe, World Fair Trade Organization, URGENCI (the international network of community supported agriculture) , RIPESS – Intercontinental Reseau de Promotion de l’Economie Sociale Solidaire, Climate Action Network, La Red Vida – Vigilancia Interamericana para la Defensa y Derecho to Agua, Our World is not for Sale / Agriculture Group, Hungry for Rights and a delegation of the Food Smart Cities for Development partnership.
The 14 networks created an international steering committee, made of 7 out of 14 focal points, with the goal to collectively decide the format of the forum and the methodology to be used for its works. The international steering committee had 3 meetings (Brussels 4/5 March, Milan 7th April, Brussels 7th May) and ended with a so called “Input Document” that shaped the programme of the 3 days gathering.
The international Forum 2 – 6 June 2015
The first day of the Forum was the opening event and launch dedicated in particular to schools and teachers, made at the Cascina Triulza, within the site of Expo 2015. The event “Food sovereignty at school”, organized in collaboration with CoLomba (Cooperation Lombarda), was aimed at presenting the tool kit for teachers and educators developed under the project.
The three days core of the Forum had the following program:
3rd June – a Plenary session in the morning and 5 Working groups + Speaker’s corner in the afternoon and evening Concert
4th June – a Plenary session in the morning and 5 Working groups + Speaker’s corner in the afternoon and evening Comedy
5th June – a Plenary session dedicated to the Working groups and a Plenary session open to the public in the afternoon.
The plenary sessions were open to the public, while the afternoon working groups were reserved for delegates representing the 14 international networks.
The detailed programme of the Forum with sessions and speakers
Videos of all the speeches
Grand Tour around Italy to present the Final Declaration of the People’s Expo Forum
On two minivans Volkswagen T2 with the People’s Expo logo and together with a team of video-makers and photographers, we travel around Italy to organize public events in the main squares of 8 cities.
The intent was to create moments to present the Final Declaration of the People’s Expo Forum and to collect stories of Italian good practices in food production and consumption along the way. The result is a very colorful picture of small-scale agriculture and responsible consumption in Italy.
The public events lasted 3 hours and consisted of:
- one Exhibition on “10 Strategies for Food Sovereignty” which display trrough comics the Final Declaration (in collaboration with Becco Giallo and Cartografare il Presente)
- distribution of the related booklet
- one Speakers’ corner area for the presentation of local food sovereignty stories and the experiences of the testimonials of the Southern countries invited for the tour (4 farmers/activists from Mexico, Ecuador, Brasil and Benin)
- one movie show with the best video stories shot along the Grand Tour
Pictures and videos of Grand Tour
Thematic international conference “Food Sovereign Cities”, Naples 31 October 2015
The final stage of the Gran Tour was the international conference on “Food sovereign cities” organized by the People’s Expo Committee in collaboration with the Municipality of Naples and the Municipality of Milan. It was held in Naples on the 31st October 2015.
The aim was to foster the idea that local administrations and organized civil society can bring about changes in the production of food, and the consumption patterns, thus contributing to the emergence of inclusive, equitable and sustainable food systems.
The conference saw participation of many actors involved in the project “Food Smart Cities for Development”, representatives of European Local Authorities who brought their experiences of change in the management of local food systems. The participation of Blandine Sankara from Burkina Faso was an opportunity to create a bridge and a link between the North and South of the world.
Program and videos