This session will explain the practicalities of lobbying both UK and European parliaments for policies that support small-scale producers. The panel represents a breadth of experience from successful lobbying during the 2013 CAP reforms in Brussels to the Defra campaign launched by the LWA over the past 12 months as well as the experience of conventional lobbying of the UK government and Brussels by the YFC.
Chair: Oli Rodker, Ecological Land Cooperative
Oli is a Director of the Ecological Land Co-operative, and has been so since its inception seven years ago. He is also a Director of a number of other land trusts and co-operatives. Alongside this he is on the co-ordinating group of the Land Workers Alliance.
Rebecca Laughton, Landworkers Alliance
Rebecca runs a market garden in west Dorset and works for the LWA campaigns team. She recently drafted the LWA policy booklet that is being used to lobby the UK’s main political parties in the run up to the 2015 election. She has a background in farming practice and theory including an Msc in Sustainable Agriculture from Wye College and is the author of Surviving and Thriving on the Land published by Green Books in 2008.
Oliver Moore, ARC2020
Oliver is head of communications for the Agricultural Rural Convention (ARC2020), a network of 150 civil society and farming organisations across Europe working on campaigns related to the Common Agricultural Policy. ARC2020 was set up in 2010 in the run up to the 2013 CAP reforms to voice the concerns of producers and consumers and to mobilise and coordinate actions relating to the CAP across the EU. The network represented the views of smaller scale producers to the European Commission throughout the reform process and continues to campaign for a progressive CAP.
Oliver was replaced on the day by Samuel Féret, also from ARC2020
Charlotte Johnston, National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs
Charlotte has first-hand experience of national and European farming policy. She represents the National Federation of Young Farmers at the European Council working to influence the Common Agricultural Policy to help young farmers and new entrants. She has worked as a journalist, and as a shepherdess, and is currently employed by Royal Agricultural Society of England advising on renewable energy and precision livestock farming.