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A Potato Revolt begins in Sweden in response to covid-19

On 11th April 2020 a handful of local citizens in the north Swedish town of Söderhamn marched to the city hall demanding action on food production in light of the Covid-19 crisis. Their actions have sparked similar protests around Sweden, reminiscent of the Potato Revolt of 103 years ago. At the end of World War One, some two hundred women from Söderhamn started a nationwide food uprising on 11 April 1917, due to widespread hunger in Sweden.

In Söderhamn, local NGO Närjord, which is part of Southern Norrland Transition Centre, delivered a list of 22 demands to the local municipality (see below). And while the Potato Revolt of 1917 saw mass gatherings by 1st May that year, the current Revolt found other, socially-distanced ways of demonstrating this 1st May, with flash mobs across the country placing buckets of potatoes and posters urging revolt. Images of community groups planting potatoes together and protest buckets in Malmö, Gothenburg, Molkom and in front of the parliament in Stockholm were shared on social media. And Sävarådalen’s Garden Club near Umeå distributed Potato Revolt buckets to 10 villages to spread the concept.

People continue to post Potato Revolt photos and more local community groups are taking action locally by planting potatoes together, asking for access to public lands and involving more residents in joint food security efforts.

The list of 22 demands presented to Söderhamn municipality on 11th April to be implemented in May-June 2020 are:

1. The immediate establishment of municipal food safety crisis groups.
2. The provision of emergency funds to finance increased self-sufficiency including long-term sustainable food production.
3. Seeds and seeds are immediately purchased on a large scale
4. That the fertilizer supply is secured
5. That other necessary input goods are secured
6. That existing food producers are supported by all available means
7. That all available land is immediately inventoried and made usable
8. That all greenhouses produce edible crops in 2020
9. That a large number of smaller greenhouses are bought and loaned to citizens in civil society who can produce food for several people.
10. That the municipality starts urban cultivation in possible places
11. That “starter packages” for cultivation on balconies and similar places are offered
12. To offer intensive courses in the cultivation of different crops
13. To offer intensive courses in agricultural jobs
14. To regularly blog with tips shared actively on social media
15. To collaborate with local producers, wholesalers, distributors to secure the food chain
16. To immediately contact the Employment Service for emergency work
17. To immediately investigate the possibilities for stock keeping and processing
18. To immediately examine distribution channels, cooling chains, etc.
19. To coordinate opportunities to harvest more in the forest (herbs, berries, mushrooms, etc.)
20. To cooperate with the hunter clubs in the municipality for the autumn hunt
21. To explore other possibilities for alternative food production
22. Immediately start your own seed production of necessary vegetable crops

NGO Närjord also urged people in Söderhamn to write to the municipality about their concern for food security, demanding the municipality to fulfil its legal obligation to have a food security contingency capacity.

Anders Persson of Närjord had calculated that every inhabitant needs some 150 kg of potatoes annually and at an average price of 20 SEK/kg anyone in Söderhamn concerned about the food situation could purchase a local and organic “potato share” for 3000 kronor or roughly 300 EUR which Närjord would cultivate and deliver after the autumn potato harvest.

Article of Transition Sweden, may 2020

RIPESS EU’s online Extraordinary General Assembly

On 23 April 2020, an exceptional online General Assembly of RIPESS Europe was held, bringing together some thirty members from all over Europe (link to the list of members). Several themes were discussed even if the first half of the GA was entirely devoted to Covid-19 and how everyone was managing this unprecedented crisis.

From Portugal to Germany, via Greece and Russia, each of the members enlightened us on the current situation in their countries but also on how their governments were managing the crisis and on their feelings and actions taken to deal with the crisis as SSE actors. We were thus able to perceive a sort of European “panorama” of the problems linked to the crisis, the obstacles encountered and the solutions provided by SSE organisations.

Certain themes were often mentioned, such as the lack of means and support from the authorities and the advocacy work of certain networks, but also and above all the general development of various solidarity practices, such as helping the most defenceless facing the crisis or the growing demand by populations for local and fair consumption, the resilience of SSE but the enormous degree of uncertainty for the future in the short and medium term. You can find all the interventions of the members, classified by country, in the GA notes.

The discussion then focused on the presentation of Ripess Europe’s Strategic Plan for the period 2020-2022. A three-dimensional strategy with the objectives of :

  • promote territorial ecosystems and support the emergence of new networks;
  • pursue the development and recognition of the solidarity economy ;
  • strengthen existing alliances and create new ones.

You can find more information about the Strategic Plan in the GA notes.

Finally, various cooperation projects between members were announced: the implementation of a questionnaire among members followed by video interviews organized by the communication group of Ripess Europe; the presentation of Smarketplace, a project of the Swiss Chamber of Social and Solidarity Economy (Apres-Ge); and the project around the  of measurement of the social utility of SSE presented by APES-France.

Crowdfunding: Water for Rojava

Article by Solidarity Economy Association (SEA), Oxford, England May 2020

In the region of North-East Syria, also known by its Kurdish name Rojava, a democratic self-administration system has been built up since 2012 – a system based on grass roots democracy, ecology and women‘s freedom, in which all the different ethnic and religious communities can live together on their own terms, through autonomy, self-determination, and equality.

The system is based on neighbourhood assemblies and councils, with principles of ecology and gender liberation at its heart, and values of ethnic and religious pluralism throughout. Women are at the front and centre of this movement.

But now, Rojava faces some big threats: War, embargo, water shortage

When the revolution in Rojava began, the groundwater level was very low due mainly to industrial monoculture agriculture organised by the Syrian regime over the last four decades, as well as a decline in rainfall as a result of the global climate crisis.

In 2015, Turkey started to use water as a weapon against Rojava by holding back the water on the rivers which flow from Turkey to Syria through the dams it has been building over the last twenty years. (…)

This situation is greatly exacerbated by the threat of Covid-19. In the time of a pandemic, access to water is more vital than ever.

“In the midst of a global pandemic that is overloading sophisticated governance and infrastructure systems, Turkish authorities have been cutting off the water supply to regions most under strain in Syria,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The Turkish authorities should do everything they can to immediately resume supply to these communities.”

Now, the people in Rojava need your help. We want to raise £100,000 for vital water infrastructure in North-East Syria.

A small private foundation in the UK that has previously supported projects in the region has agreed to a match-funding offer to kick-start the project. It will donate £1 for every £1 of the first £50k raised. This means we only need to raise £50,000 to reach the £100k target!

The fund will help women’s co-operatives and democratic local municipalities in Rojava with projects like repairing infrastructure damaged by bombings, digging wells and building water pumps for refugee camps, as well as funding long-term projects like co-operative farm irrigation systems and river cleaning initiatives.
Despite the ongoing war, people in Rojava are still living cooperatively, rebuilding their lives, their ecology and their economy.

You can help support these efforts. Please let other people know about this campaign and donate what you can. 

Water is not a weapon. Av jîyan e – Water is life!

Who are we?

The Solidarity Economy Association are working together with Aborîya Jin (Women’s Economy) in North-East Syria, not-for-profit NGO Un Ponte Per (Italy), UK-registered charity Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê (Kurdish Red Crescent), Roots for Change (Switzerland), and the Save the Tigris Campaign.

See the rest of the article here.

See also: Turkey Continues to Weaponize Alok Water amid COVID-19 Outbreak in Syria

What if the coronavirus helps spread the solidarity economy?
Diego Moratti, RIES

Article of Valori.it, (in Italian) 25/4/2020

Diego Moratti (Solidarity Economy Network): the lockdown imposed a rethinking of habits. Many are approaching the world of critical consumerism. An opportunity to be exploited
By Corrado Fontana

With a coronavirus pandemic still in progress, we try to pick up the signs for a positive outcome. And the world of the solidarity economy, that of gruppi d’acquisto (GAS) and the short supply chain, relations between critical consumers and small producers, healthy food and the right price, is discovering a pleasant truth: it has so far responded well to the difficulties. And that’s not all. The solidarity-based economy has strengthened the certainty that certain well-established good practices can be successful on the model of intensive agriculture. What’s more, thanks to lockdown restrictions, the number of consumers interested in “alternative” purchasing styles is growing.
“Many daily habits have changed obligatorily due to the virus, with the consequent potential to root – or start from scratch – the affirmation of more sustainable practices” confirms Diego Moratti, member of the national board of the newly founded Italian Solidarity Economy Network (its birth as RIES was made official just before the outbreak of the epidemic). “Such practices, if integrated and added together, can affect and bring about effective social and economic change”.

Could this crisis therefore become a watershed?

This is exactly what emerged at the founding moment of the new RIES on Wednesday 22 March 2020. We asked more than 70 representatives from all over Italy: there was a strong convergence on the value of the historical opportunity we are facing.

What contribution can the realities of the solidarity economy concretely provide to relaunch the agricultural sector after the coronavirus crisis?
“We have activated relations with other networks of producers and with actors involved in the defence of peasant agriculture in the direction of agro-ecology: the first objective was to propose to the most sensitive members of Parliament the possible recognition of our systems of production and distribution of quality food in government decrees gradually issued. The second objective is now to seek unified lines of intervention for the post-virus within a medium-long period of economic crisis, the most serious in the last 100 years (i.e. since ’29)”.

What role does the solidarity economy play in the sustainable production of food, in the transition to organic agriculture, in the processes of social inclusion?

“The realities of the solidarity economy are mainly aimed at an “internal” market and a “conscious” demand, which knows the producers and chooses them for a series of reasons (not so much for an alleged convenience or supermarket convenience). For these reasons (environmental sustainability, social inclusion, cooperative forms) the consumer decides to be “solidarity” with the producer.

This pivotal concept, even in times of economic crisis, can allow for the “holding” of support for that part of sustainable agriculture – organic, social inclusion – that leverages on our GAS, small producers’ markets and similar practices. Provided that these activities are allowed in legal and security terms in the various emergency decrees”.

The civil economy has flexibility and resilience. In this crisis, have RIES and GAS confirmed similar characteristics?

“A long-distance meeting organized by RIES at the end of March with about a hundred participants, mostly “GAS experts”, revealed “creative” responses from local chains of production and distribution of genuine food with respect to the regulations contained in government decrees. The latter have placed constraints on our relationship systems, to the benefit of large-scale distribution. We have made the most of these experiences, providing those in difficulty with a series of materials to facilitate the recognition, even formal, by mayors and prefects of the activities of the GAS or small producers who have proposed to make home deliveries.
After an initial setback, many purchasing groups got back on track by reinventing ways of sourcing products, storing them and delivering them to families. For example, condominium GAS have been proposed and new spaces for sorting goods designed to maintain social distancing.

Other realities have developed platforms for online or telephone orders or have joined the social aid circuits of the various municipalities, information and delivery of local civil protection or groups of volunteers born for the emergency. In other words, resilience and flexibility are typical qualities of these alternative supply circuits”.

Will you also succeed in inducing a rethinking of the current agricultural model in a more sustainable sense?

“All the subjects of the Italian Solidarity Economy Network – the GAS, Fair trade and ethical finance organisations – are aware that the considerable changes in people’s habits, even if forced, give an exceptional opportunity to reflect on how much our consumption, including food consumption, impacts on agriculture, the environment and the economy in general.

We are certain that the model of the solidarity-based economy responds to many critical issues that the system of agro-industrialism and the depersonalisation of economic relations has brought to extremes. In particular, I am thinking of environmental sustainability and pollution. The crisis caused by the pandemic, therefore, can be used to spread our good practices. Provided that they can be grasped and recognized by citizens and institutions as a better and preferable model, alternative and concretely activated”.

Campaign : For an economy without virus

Article from the Solidarity Economy Portal, REAS, May 2020

This new crisis, which once again makes visible the shortcomings and failures of the current economic system, once again puts into debate what economic, social and political model we want. It is time, therefore, to make visible the contributions of the Solidarity Economy as well as other transforming economies and social movements and to make a firm commitment to other frameworks and logics that are more just, solidarity-based and sustainable.

With this objective, REAS Red de redes launches the campaign #PorUnaEconomíaSinVirus (For an economy without virus) where through the simultaneous publication of 6 articles in various media, it seeks to highlight the proposals and contributions of the Solidarity Economy and other transforming currents and movements such as social ecology or feminisms, and to show citizens once again that it is time to make a decisive commitment to the construction of new economic, political and social frameworks that are more just, solidarity-based and sustainable.

This campaign has texts from people of reference whose reflections and contributions are extremely useful in the present moment of systemic crisis. To begin with, we are privileged to have the collaboration of the Argentinean economist, Jose Luis Coraggio, one of the pioneers of the solidarity economy movement, who shows us the possible scenarios that can be opened up to us in the coming months, depending on whether we continue to bet on the current model where the market is above any other consideration or if, on the contrary, “instead of an omnipresent and individualising market, it is based on a complex network of territorial communities, with relative economic autarchy and political autonomy”.

We continue to deepen the solidarity initiatives that are being generated to attend to the multiple needs that are emerging in this pandemic, in accordance with the Guide to Initiatives that we promoted a few weeks ago, which has exceeded 100 initiatives. With the help of Genoveva López and Carlos Rey, we will go into some of the most representative initiatives.

We interviewed Amaia P. Orozco and her colleague from Colectiva XXK Silvia Piris, together with Álvaro Porro, from the Barcelona City Council’s Commissioner for the Social Economy, Local Development and Consumer Affairs, like-minded people from the network, to continue revealing together the flaws in the current system and find clues for this necessary transition, courtesy of Blanca Crespo.

Jordi Garcia, the father of the Social Market proposal, invites us to continue exploring the proposals and tools of the solidarity economy, to take advantage of the maturity and trajectory of the network and the movement generated over these 25 years, as well as the opportunity that these moments of crisis offer to project ourselves as the way out in a “decisive period for the history of humanity”.

And to do this, to get out of this “triple pandemic (health, economic and care) caused by the COVID-19” and which, “has broken the current model by highlighting the deficiencies that existed in the provision of public resources for basic services such as health, as well as the fragility of the care system and the precarization of much of the economic fabric,” Sandra Salsón and María Atienza show us what the proposals for public policies should be from the perspective and contributions of the Solidarity Economy.

Finally, from the hand of the Feminist Confluence, product of the process of articulation of the World Social Forum of Transforming Economies, we enter into the reading of the crisis from a feminist perspective, highlighting the contradictions of the system in times of pandemic and before this one, as well as outlining the elements for a transforming agenda for an economy for life.

This series of texts will later be collected in a digital publication addressed to the social base of REAS Red de redes in the framework of its 25th anniversary.

Bringing relief and resilience to producers: 3.1M EUR in Funding Announced by Fairtrade International

Article from Fair Trade International, May 2020

On World Fair Trade Day, Fairtrade International announces the launch of a “Fairtrade Producer Relief Fund” and establishment of a “Fairtrade Producer Resilience Fund” in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The two funding mechanisms, with initial investments of €3.1 million, are intended to meet immediate needs of farmers, workers and their communities, while also establishing a foundation for longer-term economic recovery efforts.

Darío Soto Abril, CEO of Fairtrade International, said, “As a system, Fairtrade works every day to change trade so that farmers and workers can earn decent livelihoods. In times of crisis, we must do even more to ensure the health, safety, and future of those who work so hard to supply us with the products we love. We realize these funds aren’t enough to meet all the needs of every producer affected by the pandemic, which is why we’re committed to continuing to look for additional funding sources within the system, as well as with partners.”

The Fairtrade Producer Relief Fund initially makes €2.1 million available to Fairtrade certified producer organizations for urgently needed investment in safety and livelihoods. Relief initiatives could include purchase of masks and basic protective and medical equipment, temporary payment of wages for suspended workers, setting up local food security initiatives, raising awareness of safety precautions, building emergency medical facilities, and business continuity costs, among others. The fund has been established through contributions by national Fairtrade organizations.

“Producer organizations quickly mobilized themselves to support their members and communities, like coffee producers in Colombia distributing food and hygiene packages to the elderly in their community, Brazilians helping to sanitize their cities, or Belizeans delivering masks. This has been the case in most of the producer organizations around the world. Having this additional financial support will make a significant difference in the level of relief that can be provided to some of the communities that are in the most need of assistance,” said Xiomara Parades, Executive Director of CLAC, the Fairtrade Producer Network in Latin America and the Caribbean.

While the Relief Fund targets immediate needs, it is clear that the pandemic will also have an extreme effect on global supply chains and trade worldwide, often with the impact only to be felt in the next planting/harvest season. The Fairtrade Producer Resilience Fund, currently funded at €1,000,000 by members of the Fairtrade system, is being established to meet the longer-term needs of producers as they begin to look at life after COVID-19.

The Fairtrade Producer Resilience Fund is intended to support longer-term economic interventions, such as business restoration, technology-based capacity building, addressing human rights risks in value chains through programmatic interventions, support for strengthening finances to tackle future risks, and advocacy, as a few examples.

“In addition asking our national organizations to contribute funds, we are looking for partners to help us grow this forward-looking fund to ensure that, as farmers and workers start to recover from the effects of COVID-19, they are able to secure their livelihoods, while building resilience in supply chains,” said Soto Abril.

Fairtrade invites contributions to the Producer Resilience Fund from retailers, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies. The monies from both the Fairtrade Producer Relief Fund and Fairtrade Producer Resilience Funds will be allocated proportionally to the three regional Fairtrade Producer Networks. The Producer Networks will, in turn, administer and manage the distribution, monitoring, and impact of the funds to Fairtrade certified producer organizations on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis.

“The crisis won’t end when COVID-19 stops spreading. We’re already seeing a global economic crisis looming,” said Nyagoy Nyong’o, Executive Director of Fairtrade Africa, the producer network covering Africa and the Middle East. “Farmers and workers are resilient and creative. This additional fund will enable them to identify opportunities or alternative business models, as well as continuing to invest in the future of their communities.”


For further information, please contact:
Johnna Phillips, Director of External Re
lations, press[at]fairtrade.net

Cresaçor celebrates its 20 years!
Cresacor 20 anos

20 years Promoting Ideas, Realising Wishes, Building the Future.

Years of challenges, of innovation and social entrepreneurship, with many initiatives and projects that sowed seeds, clung to the earth, blossomed and bore fruit.

The present is uncertain and we cannot fail those who count on us.

CRESAÇOR continues, firmly, committed to its Mission, at the service of its Cooperators, the People and the Region. Determined, to fight, to reinvent itself, creating new dynamics and ways of working, committed to contribute and make a difference, with a longing for normality and dreaming of the future.

THANK YOU for believing in the Solidarity Economy movement in the Azores.

Watch the teaser “CRESAÇOR 20 anos”:

Corona-crisis affects small Greek farmers. A campaign to unite producers & consumers on local level!

Report by Jenny Gkiougki, President of Agroecopolis – The Hellenic Network for Agroecology, Food Sovereignty & Access To Land

Greece is experiencing low corona-related mortality rates, but the measures imposed came early and were as harsh as in other, more stricken countries, posing severe strain to a society and an economy in shambles due to the ongoing economic crisis. In an understandable move to protect an already depleted National Health System, on Feb. 27, a day after the country’s first Covid-19 case was diagnosed in Thessaloniki, all Carnival celebrations got cancelled everywhere. On March 11, schools closed down, and two days later, Greece limited non essential travel and closed down cafes, restaurants, libraries, museums, etc. From 23/3 till 4/5 (a proper 40 days of ‘quarantine’) the country has been on strict lock-down where citizens are only allowed out for limited time and for a set of specific reasons, and need to notify via SMS of their moves.

Small agroecological farmers were hit very hard by COVID-19. Strict restrictions in movement and the provisional closing of many businesses meant that places like small restaurants, hotels and farmers’ markets suddenly became inaccessible for most of them -who do not receive subsidies or compensations and rely on short supply chain for their survival. This is critical, not just for their livelihoods, but for the continued existence of family farming in Greece. CSA farmers, who usually operate in more local scale, also faced difficulties as in many cases they were not allowed to travel and had to use the services of already overwhelmed delivery companies instead, adding cost and subtracting quality from their produce. Furthermore, most CSA schemes in the country, until now, are informal, there is no ‘contract’ signed between the two parties, and there is no formal national association to promote, or advocate for their interests.

The movement restrictions served to highlight many underlying pathogenicities pertaining to the agricultural sector and food production in Greece, but also to bring forth how the globalised food systems we rely on can collapse, and how the most effective solutions for food security, let alone food sovereignty, have got to be based on the foundations of agroecology and localisation. The consumers were suddenly faced with a new reality: that the place were the majority of them procure their food (the supermarkets) is not safe any more, and that foods purchased there will have to be washed with soap in order to eliminate the possibility of getting infected. The problematic of a food system fraught with intermediaries is showing its face again, not in terms of profit accumulation, but in terms of endangering public health.

Agroecopolis The Hellenic Network for Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and Access To Land (AEP) instigated an e-meet with small producers from all over the country in mid-March; with representatives of organic growers’ associations, members of EcoFest networks and individual farmers, in order to assess the situation and decide on collective action, as assembly. As an urgent and immediate response, it was decided to run a nationwide digital and social media campaign promoting local direct links between producers & consumers all over the country.

Within a few days, a collection of food activists with no direct personal gain, under the coordination of Agroecopolis, started developing the campaign and were even able to create a short promotional video while being unable to shoot new footage! We all came together because we realise the importance of standing by our farmers; now more than ever! Out of the blue, without any access to resources or prior organisation, at a time of extreme uncertainty, we were able to organise four different groups, working on aspects of the campaign, including content creation, dissemination, liaising with producers and organising the final ‘match-making’.

The main message of the campaign is: #Support local small food production# #We are staying in our fields and cater for your household needs# We aim to reach a much larger audience than the ‘usual receptors’ of similar actions organised by eco-activists and bio-farmers in the past. We are addressing the average coronavirus ‘quarantinees’: consumers living in urban setting (from big cities to small towns), who are now, concerned about the safety in big crowded stores; are interested in eating healthy; and wish to protect and cater for their families in times of uncertainty. The campaign will run till July, each week focusing on a different aspect -why it is important to eat locally; why agroecology is the solution; showcasing producer profiles from different areas, etc.

As this is an urgent mater, and not a planned campaign, it is quite tricky to organise resources and create a model that works, immediately! Our first goal is to make sure ‘not one more leaf rots unpicked in a field’. Drawing from the principles of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Reko (The Finnish alternative), the interested consumers in one locality and the chosen producers (experienced volunteers have created a ‘vetting system’ to make sure they comply to the same principles as us) are brought together using Facebook groups, where our volunteers set up each group, instigate interaction and monitor first steps until members take over and self-organise. The idea is to promote self-management of needs and citizens’ mobilisation on local level -thus creating conditions for higher levels of autonomy and food sovereignty in local terms. We have teams of volunteers working on the creation of content and the dissemination of the campaign so it generates responses from consumers all over Greece, and we aim to have groups in each major city, in each prefecture, by the end of June, to make sure all these small farmers are supported by networks of consumers.

In the first four days of going ‘live’ we’ve had more than 400 responses from consumers and the goal now is to make sure we can match demand with supply.

This project started as an immediate and urgent response to the fact that small bio producers everywhere in Greece are facing difficulties accessing markets due to corona restrictions. It aims at connecting, on a local and direct level, producers and consumers in all prefectures of the country, so their sustainability is assured. But, it will also serve as fertile ground for the creation of PGS (Participatory Guarantee Systems) and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) networks that will further solidify the Food Sovereignty movement on a national level -a necessity in the uncertain times that are coming, in a country that has already been exhausted by the ongoing, ten year economic crisis.

For more info, or to join the campaign visit https://www.agroecopolis.org/covid-19/ (only in Greek)

APRES Manifesto

What if the “return to normality” was accompanied by real changes for the environment, the Human being and society?

The Manifesto of Après-Ge regroups proposals for political and concrete actions to make the ecological and social transition our compass to get out of the crisis!

Complementary to the Call of May 4th (in French), this manifesto proposes concrete solutions for a sustainable future.

> Consult the Manifesto < (in French)

This health crisis is an opportunity
Covid-19, one crisis too many in an already sick society The simple revival of the economy of Befor is out of the question The State must increase its regulatory role
Debt as a response to this crisis is unsustainable The pursuit of financial profit alone is unsustainable

Let’s build an economy of solidarity-based sobriety
Let’s share, let’s cooperate
Let(s favour short circuits and the regional economy
Let’s work differently, let’s govern our organizations differently
Let us reappropriate our time, our lives, our health and our citizenship capacities Let us develop a policy of “commons” to cover our basic needs Let us develop an international Geneva as a conductor of sustainability, and of global and local balances

The ecological, social and solidarity transition as a compass for emerging from the crisis
The creation of a fund and a network of expertise as pilots of the transition
Public aid linked to this crisis as a lever for tomorrow’s economy
Innovative financing as an alternative to “classic” private and public debt ” Our savings as the driving force of our economy
Leman currency as a stimulator of local trade
A secure platform for short circuits as an alternative to the giants of globalization like Amazon.
Cooperation and Mutualisation as models of development
Neighbourhoods as living and basic units for transition
Independent information as a guarantor of the construction of our free will
Culture as an expression of creativity and a catalyst for sustainable futures
Social and solidarity economy networks as transition networks
Taking the right exit from the crisis

Greetings from Fair & Bio Cooperative, Czech Republic

Fair & Bio Roastery is joining the wave of solidarity! Despite the country lockdown (with closed cafés, restaurants, open-air markets, caterings, most offices etc.), we’re still running thanks to our online supporters from all over the country. People do care about fairtrade and organic production, small livelihoods and businesses either here in the Czech Republic or abroad and show their solidarity by purchasing such goods – with clear origin and produced under decent working conditions and with the respect to our planet.

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