| Thursday, 27 November 2014 |
Global event
Closing the gap on the CAP: young citizens and young farmers discuss the future of farming
3:00 PM » 5:30 PM

The first kick off event took place at Rode de Hoed in Amsterdam.

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The objectives of this public debate are to:

  • Raise youth awareness on the role and contribution of family farming for food & nutrition security and youth/rural employment;
  • Identify the key issues connected with the necessary generational renewal in European agriculture
  • Explain what Europe and Member States are doing to support the generational renewal and setting up of agricultural businesses
  • Engage urban citizens, and in particular urban youth, in the debate about the future of food and farming.

For this public debate, we are looking for strong recommendations and action points to be taken into consideration by different stakeholders, which can contribute in strengthening the engagement of youth in farming.


14.30: Room open for participants

15.00: Welcome and introduction by Arie van den Brand, president of the Groupe de Bruges and moderator of the meeting

15.05: Short presentation of the "Can EU CAP it?” project by Bart Soldaat, project manager

15.15: Lucas van Dessel, vice-chair of Groene Kring, the Flemish young farmers organisation: the future of farming needs young farmers 

15.30: Ms Sharon Dijksma, Deputy Minister for Agriculture: vision of the Dutch government on the future of farming in the context of the new CAP (confirmed)

15.45: Joris Lohman, chairman of the Slow Food Youth Network: the future of farming needs concerned citizens (confirmed)

16.00: Discussion with panel of speakers. Possibility for online participants to pose questions through Twitter using #canEUCAPit hastag.

16.20: Official launch of the project by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Miss Sharon Dijksma.

16.30: Launch of the CAP game: "Can EU CAP it?”

16.45: In the spotlight:presentations of two examples of initiatives by young farmers and by young urbanites concerning food production and food consumption

  • Freek van Leeuwen: young, organic dairy farmer, Zoeterwoude (confirmed)
  • Philip van Traa: GrownDownTown, Amsterdam (confirmed)
17.10: Q&A session

17.30: Announcement of the winner of the local CAP game competition, Closure of meeting

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English / Dutch

Download the speaker's presentations

Joris Lohman
L van Dessel
F v Leeuwen
P van Traa

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