Just Transition in Rural Areas [PL] 

July 15, 2022 from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm

Description: This session will focus on the issue of sustainable and socially just food production in relation to rural development, considered in the framework of food sovereignty. During the session, we will discuss the different visions for the future of food systems, paths for its transformation and the necessary political actions. We will raise questions about alternative supply chains, various ways of shortening them (e.g. through Community Supported Agriculture, farmers’ and consumers’ cooperatives), and exchange good practices and experiences from different European countries (Poland, Romania, Italy, Ukraine). During the discussion, social aspects of food systems transformation will be stressed. We will raise a question of the availability of sustainable food for the rural residents, and for the lower-income groups in the light of inflation that affects many European countries.


  • Ruta Śpiewak

I am a researcher working at the Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences and an active member of one of the oldest food co-operatives in Poland – kooperatywa Grochowska and from a year I am a member of the Food Co-operatives Network. I was a fellow at Indiana University, USA and at Ruralia Institute, Finland. In my research as well as in my activism I am focused on the issue of high quality food, as well as climate and environmental issues, because with climate catastrophe the disparity in the quality of life between the inhabitants of the planet deepens. This in turn becomes a source of further conflicts.

  • Anna Jakubowska (moderator)

Head of European Agricultural Policy Programme at Heinrich Böll Foundation in Warsaw. Cultural anthropologist studying contemporary rural areas and agriculture in Poland.



  • Andrea Ferrante

Agroecologist, specialized on agricultural policies and agroecology: over 20 years’ experience in international food and agriculture policy development and rural development.



  • Anna Danyliak

Anna’s academic background is in the natural science field (geography and ecology) and later extended my education with a focus on sustainability science. I was involved in the youth climate movement, sustainable consumption & urban gardening initiatives which later brought me to the agriculture & environment topic. For the last five years, I have been working together with Ecoaction team on environmental and social issues related to agricultural development in Ukraine.


  • Ramona Duminicioiu, EcoRuralis, ECLVC 


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