Working session in Paris as part of the Ruralization H2020 project

One of the contributions made was to identify and promote innovative social practices that make land more accessible to new rural generations.

On January 20th and 21st, the group of universities and entities that belong to the consortium to develop the Ruralization project met in Paris for two intense and stimulating working sessions. These sessions have forced the pace of the project and have defined the path that, during next year, one of the main lines of action, access to land to the new rural generations of young men and women, will follow.

Terre Liens organization, which shares XCN’s objectives and projects (mainly within the framework of the European Access to Land Network), served as host, promoting debate and teamwork at all times. The meeting started with a general review of the objectives and results that must be archived as part of the framework of this line of research (one of the four that make up the project). Afterward, the organization of the specific tasks to be completed jointly in the following months was discussed.

In this context, the first objective is the qualitative analysis of the legal and political mechanisms that limit the conditions for access to agricultural land. Furthermore, this will be implemented with the assistance of experts in each EU country (including the United Kingdom, despite the upcoming Brexit). In XCN, we consider that this work must serve to break down various legal instruments that are pertinent to Catalonia, such as the recently adopted Llei d’Espais Agraris (Law on Agricultural Spaces). Following the qualitative analysis, a quantitative will be designed to observe latest trends in the land market (prices and volume of transactions). In any case, XCN will dedicate more attention in the second half of the year to identifying and promoting (formal and informal) innovative social practices that make land more accessible to new rural generations as part of this framework. In this regard, it is time to combine efforts with local entities that already work in this field and have previously collaborated with us, such as l’Escola de Pastors de l’Associació Rurbans or Terra Franca, among others.

Apart from defining the specific tasks that make up this line of action, the meeting in Paris has also helped to update and to share the general vision for the project’s next steps with the rest of the entities. For example, the

participatory workshops with young people or case studies on the new generations of farmers. Moreover, the relaxed atmosphere between the working sessions and the meals has allowed us to make further progress in team building and in the construction of a shared vision and strategy. This was not an easy task due to the cultural diversity of the member and the different perspectives of the academic world and the base entities.

As always, XCN will keep you updated on the project’s progress. We also invite you to subscribe to the Ruralization newsletter, which will keep you updated on the project’s progress and outcomes in all the European countries where it is being implemented.