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Dear Friends, 

Welcome to the October edition of our Newsletter. We will cover our latest project launch in Milan using exciting video, that speaks for itself, announce newest webinar on the LEADER programme, more CAP news, GdB latest members and more. 

- GdB Team
GdB’s new Project: "CAP, What's cooking?" launched
On Sunday October 4 at the Italian Makers Village, over a hundred young enthusiasts about food and farming participated in the official project launch ‘CAP What’s cooking?:  Recipes for understanding the Common Agricultural Policy’, during a public event in the center of Milan.  

Featuring a mix of cookery demonstrations, farmers’ portraits, interviews and presentations on the relation between food, farming and the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the event saw some 125 participants joining the discussion and tasting local delicious food. Continue reading here...

To watch the delicious 'CAP, What's cooking?' Project launch video, click on the image below! Huge thanks to Luca Utassy for an amazing summary of the event. 

In this issue
Free webinar with B. Soldaat - please share with your networks: bit.ly/1VMAhVL 
The CAP Cook Book pre-sale has started! Until the end of October 2015, you can get a substantial discount of 50% off the regular price. See the PDF preview.
'Can EU CAP it?' Project: new CAP Pro course offer & webinar series launched
A new free series of monthly 30 minute webinars for the users of the 'Can EU CAP it?' Platform is available! The webinars involve experts from around Europe. Each month a specific topic related to current CAP issues is addressed.

The next webinar will be held on Thursday, October 29 from 12h30 to 13h00 CET with the topic of: Towards a rural renaissance: LEADER is leading the way! 

Groupe de Bruges secretary and coordinator of one of the LEADER areas in The Netherlands, Bart Soldaat, will give his views on LEADER or as it is now called: Community Led Local Development (CLLD). Is it only a new name or are there other changes? How is this CLLD approach being implemented in the different Member States. Will CLLD be just as effective and at the same time succeed in overcoming the problems of the LEADER approach? Will it contribute towards the necessary rural renaissance? 
 

To register for the webinar and find out the answers to this topic, please follow this link: bit.ly/1VMAhVL 

The first webinar recording with Samuel Féret, Groupe de Bruges president, on 'CAP: greening or green-washing?' and his views on the implementation of the greening measures is now available on the 'Can EU CAP it?' Platform or by clicking the link below. 
 
 
- In other news
- Meet the members
In this issue, we introduce our newest member Paul Swagemakers (Spain). Luca Bellomo (Italy) will be introduced in our next issue. If you would like to become a member, please send your request through our website
Paul Swagemakers is a rural sociologist working in Galicia, Spain, researching farming in relation to agro-ecology, rural development, and social practices. Focus in current research activities is on multi-functional land-use of Monte in Galicia and multi-functionality performance of dairy farmers in Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Close cooperation with people in the field contributing to a sustainability shift in food production is key to setting a research agenda. Although the CAP regulations provide departure points for such a shift, dairy farmers in Galicia suffer from destabilised market systems. While the regional RDP for the period 2014-2020 still is in draft research activities are oriented on assisting farmers and other rural dwellers in finding a promising orientation on making a living in the countryside. For further information see LinkedIn or ResearchGate.
- Upcoming events
"Rethinking the links between farm modernisation, rural development and resilience in a world of increasing demands and finite resources".
2 December, 2015, Brussels. Final conference of the international RETHINK research programme.
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