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Food and Agriculture Restoration Management Involving Networked Groups, Final scientific report of the FARMING project, Nov 2000-Oct 2004

Project ID: FIKR-CT-2000-20064
Funded under: FP5-EAECTP C


Widespread contamination of the foodchain following a nuclear accident could have considerable consequences for European farming and food industries. For the purposes of contingency planning it is important to bring together the many and diverse stakeholders who would be involved in intervention so that strategies can be developed for maintaining agricultural production and food safety. This type of approach has been successfully implemented in the UK through the setting up of the Agriculture and Food Countermeasures Working Group. A detailed report describing the work of this group was published in 2001. Building on the UK initiative, the European Commission provided financial support to develop the FARMING network by establishing similar stakeholder groups in four other Member States: Belgium, Finland, France and Greece. More than 100 stakeholders joined the FARMING network by October 2004. The network comprises those individuals involved in making policy decisions within government departments and agencies, as well as regulatory authorities, the water, milk and farming industries, the retail trade, consumer and green groups, and individuals with specialist expertise. Overall, there is a good balance between government and non-government organisations represented.

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