Local Solidarity-based Partnerships for Agroecology (LSPA) initiatives
typically involve multiple stakeholders from the local food systems:
producers, consumers, researchers, local officials, etc.. They are based
upon partnership, local exchange, or direct relationships where
producers can earn decent livelihoods, and consumers share the risks and
rewards of sustainable agriculture in return for their share of
healthy, nutritious, locally- grown food.
Food citizens are motivated to organise and support food communities. Their often-voluntary work motivates everyday consumers to join food communities for not merely good quality food, but also to raise awareness about the social, environmental, and economic principles of food citizenship. A recognition of the values and guiding principles that inform such communities contributes to the long-term, well-funded operation of these foods systems. The goal of this course is to learn from active and successful mentors within food communities to increase learners’ capacity to develop, sustain, and amplify their local food communities and thus, broaden the base of energetic food citizens in Europe.