2015 is the year that the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will be fully implemented. Despite the wish to make this important European policy simpler, the outcome is that it has become more complex. This is the case for the direct payments to farmers, but also due to the fact that individual Member States have greater degrees of freedom to tailor measures to local and national conditions.
The end result is, that for the general public and in particular for young people living in urban areas the CAP has become more inaccessible and more incomprehensible.
The objective of the 'CAP, What’s Cooking?' Project is to make the new CAP more ‘digestible’ so that (young) people get a better understanding of this policy and of the future of agriculture, food and rural areas.
What better way to do this than through food and cooking? Central to the project are seven on-farm cooking events across Europe in March 2016. In parallel a CAP Cook Book will be developed to convey in an understandable and light hearted way information about the new CAP to a wide European audience.
CAP Cookery workshops
CAP Cookery workshops will be held in 7 different Member States: Denmark, Scotland, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria and France. All workshops will be held on the same farms that will also be portrayed in the book and in the video. Farms will be located in the vicinity of major urban centers to attract (young) urbanites to participate.
The workshops will be held ibetween March - April 2016. For each local event between 500 and 1,000 people are expected to participate. The programme for these local events will in general terms be:
Presentation by speakers and experts
Lunches / Dinners 'café mangeant et pensant’(eating and thinking café)'
The CAP Cook Book
CAP Cook Book itself is intended to make the CAP more ‘digestible’ for a larger audience that is not familiar with the technical jargon that characterizes so much of the CAP regulations and which hinders the involvement of the general public in the debate on the future of European agriculture and rural areas and related policies.