Young European Farmers Elect New President at EXPO

During the annual meeting of CEJA, the Young Farmers Council of Europe elected their new president, young dairy farmer Alan Jagoe, from Ireland. The meeting was held in the Civil Society Area of EXPO, with the election chaired by Joris Lohman, representative of the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) in the Executive Committee of Slow Food International.

Following the decision, Alan Jagoe thanked the delegations for their support, saying, «I am immensely proud to have been elected by the hard-working young farmers present at this meeting here today. I pledge my allegiance, commitment and determination throughout my mandate in order to build on progress already made by CEJA in recent years».

CEJA is a partner of Slow Food and SFYN’s upcoming event Terra Madre Giovani - We Feed the Planet, which will bring 2,500 young farmers from around the world to Milan to discuss the future of food from October 3 – 6. During the event SFYN, CEJA and Groupe de Bruges will launch a new European project "CAP, What’s Cooking" – which entails the creation of a cook book in which Slow Food chefs and young farmers write recipes together to make the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union more ‘digestible’ to a general audience.

«To tackle the issues that surround our food system, it is essential to forge new farmer-consumer relationships. I am very happy to work with CEJA and to be able to connect the new generation of farmers to the consumers, chefs, food professionals and food producers in the Slow Food Youth Network»Joris Lohman said. After the meeting, the young farmers enjoyed a selection of artisanal cheeses and wine in the Slow Food Pavilion at EXPO.