We do this by campaigning on multinational corporations and their national and international influence spheres and control tools. At the same time we promote sustainable alternatives. Currently ASEED Europe focuses on issues related to the global food chain and climate change: genetic engineering, soy monocultures, power concentration by global agro/biotech giants, seeds and patenting, and international financial and trade institutions. Our general agriculture campaign goal is to promote food sovereignty.
ASEED was established by young engaged people in 1991 in response to the UNCED Earth Summit proceedings in Rio de Janeiro and aimed to forge alliances among young people committed to social and environmental justice. Since 1992, the ASEED decentralised network grew and regional “hubs” were created in Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, Latin America and Japan. Each hub had its own level of activity, linking youth groups and individuals in their region. By now each hub has developed in its own way, working independently from eachother.
ASEED Europe works with about 6 people in the interactive office in Amsterdam, and together with many contacts in the rest of Europe and abroad on the following objectives:
- Initiating and coordinating actions and campaigns on environmental, development and social justice issues;
- Promoting discussion and disseminating information about critical emerging issues;
- Empowering local youth groups and grassroots organisations via trainings, joint projects, and knowledge sharing;
- Establishing partnerships between various organisations and groups worldwide and facilitating international cooperation and networking;
- Preparing projects from the ASEED Europe office and working with local grassroots organisations.
Our board consists of the following persons:
Anne Jessica Assehn Chairperson in the board since 04/07/2007
Johanna, Katharina Jager Treasurer in the board since 31/10/2006
Robert Dirk Blijerveld Secretary in the board since 01/10/2012
The board does not get paid for their actvities, although they do get travel money for coming to our office-council meetings that take place twice a year.