Growing Together Project

The project will provide high-quality and innovative transnational training opportunities for young people from 6 countries to develop the specific skills and in-depth knowledge that is required for effective organising with rural (youth) communities, on issues of food sovereignty and possible policy and practical solutions to address these issues on the local, national and international levels.

More than 150 dissemination activities conducted at local and national level will engage and empower at least 3,300 young people from rural communities, including many who are not yet politically engaged, in active debate and civil society actions on issues linked to food sovereignty. These activities, based on techniques of popular education and accessible communication, will include workshops and seminars, opportunities for dialogue and taking positive action at local and national level.

Further, more than 30 broad outreach activities (including social media campaigns, events and bringing project activities to festivals and other large-scale gatherings) at local and national level will reach a wide number of young people. Activities at EU level will ensure that the voices of young people are brought to European decision-makers.

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The way that food is produced, consumed, and distributed is a major issue facing Europe – and one that directly impacts the lives of young people across the continent. Yet, the voice of young people is not often heard when our food system is being discussed. The ‘Growing Together’ project will provide a voice for young people, particularly those from rural areas who are directly impacted by our food system, to engage with crucial debates on the future of food production, and the wider debates on the future of Europe.

The project aims to increase civic engagement and democratic participation of youth at risk of marginalisation by unsustainable agricultural development and policy-making in relation to food sovereignty, by increasing cooperation between youth organisations, youth from rural communities and decision-making institutions.