The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
The Urgenci network is being built since 2014 in the form of an international network of stakeholders, citizens, producers and consumers committed and working in solidarity. The movement has to be repaced in the context of a global movement questioning the domninant socio-economic model. The financial and social crisis is primarily economic and environmental and has a strong impact on agriculture and food issues. All over the world, the movements defending food sovereignty and solidarity economy offer systemic and sustainable responses to these problems. Part of the most innovative solutions comes from a nebula of initiatives the Urgenci members have named Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA), and from a consistent local development of food systems. By documenting and linking those experiences and know-how, Urgenci contributes to the reinforcement of larger movement for food sovereignty, agroecology and solidarity economy that are the driving forces of the called for systemic change. The logic of short circuits allows equity for both producers and consumers. Their economic model contains a strong dimension of social inclusion and an important local foothold.
URGENCI aims to identify the many existing Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) experiences as possible, to have them exchange on their practices and to promote those partnerships and the efficient solutions they offer to the issues associated to global production and distribution farming markets. Urgenci thus particpates to a larger effort of civil society organisations to promote a new responsible and sustainable food and farming policy and a solidarity economy system.