Here I am back in Manchester, gradually catching back up with the work (and sleep) that awaited me after such an intensive week in Krems. So the final morning consisted of a kind of a debrief, looking at if the forum had fulfilled our expectations and what we would take back with us from it to our countries and food sovereignty work. It's funny I realised I had no idea what to expect of the forum before I came.
The last two days have been amazing, ending in a rousing presentation of a declaration made up of all the work we have done over the last 4 days, which has incredibly been condensed into a 2 page declaration (available below) and a page of action points (well done that summarising team! - including the UK's very own Patrick Mulveny). The declaration will go public on Monday.
This is just a quick up date as it's been a pretty long and full day (I can't quite believe it's only the 2nd full day). Yesterday afternoon we split into thematic groups - I was in 'markets and organisation of food chains/webs'. People were there from across Europe and from a range of different initiatives - community supported agriculture, community gardens, small producers, academics, food co-ops (sounds a bit like a feedingmanchester - but a lot harder to facilitate!).
After a 24 hour long bus journey (touring seemingly the whole of Europe), kept sane(ish!) by inspiring chats with Gerald (organic welsh farmer and activist from GM free Cymru: www.gmfreecymru.org), it is amazing to arrive in Krems, Austria with 400 others from across Europe working towards food sovereignty.