Petr Jehlička delivers keynote address at the IAMO Forum 2019 in Halle, Germany
Dr. Petr Jehlička gave a talk at the IAMO Forum 2019 conference ‘Small Farms in Transition: How to Stimulate Inclusive Growth?’ held at Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) in Halle, Germany at the end of June 2019. The talk, ‘East European informal food production and distribution: socially resilient, economically diverse and quietly sustainable’, highlighted the significance of informal food production, distribution and consumption for food systems in East European societies. Despite the significant contribution these informal food economies make to food security, social resilience and environmental sustainability, until recently they were overlooked by researchers while policy makers were critical of the reluctance of household food producers to commercialise their production. The talk highlighted the importance of these practices as an integral part of diverse food economies (both non-market and market-based) and their key role in future strategies for more sustainable food systems. It also discussed the relevance of knowledge produced in studying East European informal food systems for ‘transition economies’ such as China.