It was a welcome break from the Expo Transilvania site to spend Friday in the sunshine with around 70 other delegates visiting the small village of Alunisu, about 62 km outside of Cluj.

The small population turned out to welcome us at the village centre, with three horse-drawn wagons and cakes straight from the oven.  The tour was led by Lars and Robyn Veraart, who moved the area from the US and the Netherlands around 6 years ago to learn how to live a simpler life in harmony with nature.


La tarde del 26 dio paso a los primeros debates del Foro Europeo Nyeleni. El objetivo consistía en hacer un repaso colectivo de lo conseguido desde el primer foro, así como plantear los retos presentes y futuros del movimiento. Los cuatro debates, relativos a la producción y consumo, distribución, bienes comunes y condiciones de trabajo, siguieron la misma metodología de trabajo. Los participantes nos dividimos en grupos por idiomas, respondiendo a las tres preguntas planteadas y, finalmente, poniendo las ideas de todos en común.


La tarde del jueves dio continuación a los debates de la mañana y sirvió para proponer nuevas temáticas de debate para el resto del día. La sesión empezó con un plenario en el que se resumieron las conclusiones obtenidas en los grupos de debate de los diferentes niveles de gobernanza. Siguiendo la línea de las conclusiones obtenidas, se plantearon seis temáticas a partir de las cuales coordinar acciones:


Three powerful speakers from three continents delivered one message for the delegates to take away from last night’s session, “Struggles from the Global South”– we need to stick together if we are going keep our land!

Fernanda Aparecida Matheus from MST Brazil, the landless workers movement, said that the fight was no longer against old fashioned landowners but against Business.  “We need international movements because you can’t get back land if you don’t go up against the multinationals”.



Crónica del Plenario de Apertura

Empieza el 2º Foro Nyeleni Europeo por la Soberanía Alimentaria. Esta mañana a las 10:00, en la ciudad rumana de Cluj-Naploca, mas de 40 delegaciones de toda Europa y algunas mas de otros continentes mostraron toda su energía en el plenario de apertura del foro. El evento consistió en el testimonio de múltiples representantes de varios países y varias organizaciones europeas que recordaron a los participantes la importancia del creciente movimiento por la soberanía alimentaria.


The first thematic meetings are underway at the Nyéléni Europe Forum. About 150 people gathered in a cold wing of the Transilvania Expo to discuss achievements and challenges around access to land and natural resources in Europe.

Attendants split up in 9 different working groups to discuss three questions that will feed into the Thursday’s plenary session on the local, national and international policies that we want to target or influence.


With less than a day before departure, the Swedish delegation are ready for the week in Cluj-Napoca! We are 16 swedes eager to learn and share more about food sovereignty in Europe, to further develop and establish our movement here in Sweden. We are both small-holder producers, activists and work from different Solidarity-NGOs that have these questions at heart.


On the 18th of October, Grape Producers Union (Üzüm-SEN), a member union of the Small Farmers Unions Confederation (Çiftçi-SEN) organised an assembly of grape producers under the banner 'The problems of grape producers and food sovereignty'.


Enike and Istvan run a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm that provides many of our Ecoruralis hosts with their weekly box on a year-round basis. The essential aspects of shared risk and benefits are in place, as is the year-long commitment to their farm, even if payment is made on a weekly basis. This is not unusual in countries where family income is as low as it is in rural Romania. On our recent and final face-to-face Nyéléni Europe Coordination Committee meeting in Cluj, I had the extreme good fortune to stay at their home that is also an urban farm.


On July 23 and 24, the farm “Bufflardenne” in the village Semel hosted the gathering of the year for Belgian peasant farmers and their solidarity movement.