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10th China Community Supported Agriculture Conference

At a time when the CSA movement globally is working to gain greater recognition by policy makers, it comes a jaw-dropping and agreeable surprise to discover the extent to which CSA in China has gained legal status and is perceived as a genuine part of the way forward by all three levels of government in China (local, provincial and national).

 

The 10th anniversary celebrations of the Chinese network marked this achievement in many noteworthy ways. The gathering took place, at Mother Farm, Zhanqi Village, Pidu District of Chengdu, which is about 50 kilometres from Chengdu city centre. Firstly, there are the sheer numbers of CSAs that now exist throughout China. They are over 1000, and have now been successfully mapped, using self-mapping combined with cross-verification mechanisms. The national accord with IFOAM on PGS also ensures an overall respect of fundamental CSA principles. The majority of Chinese CSAs appear to be producer led, which explains why there were a majority of CSA producers rather than consumers present at the conference. All the food for over 1000 people was provided by CSA farmers (and was the ultimate in fresh, seasonal cooking! And as Chengdu is in the Sichuan region, very spicy too!). And throughout the meeting there was a lively farmer’s market, where some of the CSA producers sold some of their produce. It was also a great place for experience-sharing and buying a few Christmas presents!

Title of publication: Urgenci's website
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Author: Judith Hitchman, President of the International Committee of URGENCI
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Organization: Urgenci
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Year: 2019
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Country/ies: China
Geographical coverage: Asia and the Pacific
Type: Blog article
Content language: English
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