- Date: 19 Jun 2012
- Time: 10:00 - 1:00 pm
- Organizer: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
- Theme: Food security and sustainable agriculture
- Perspective: Global
- Language: english
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Organic Agriculture ? Locally Driven Solutions to Global Priorities
SummaryThis event brings together governments, agencies and major group stakeholders that IFOAM regularly interacts with in its global advocacy activities. The SD-learning event reflects section 5 of the Zero Draft by focusing on the role of organic agriculture in addressing the priority themes, the integration into SDGs and exploring mechanisms and collaborations that assist implementation. Ten Rio+20 priority themes will be explored in 4 thematic learning sessions each with its own organic green economy case study that will reveal the key factors in successfully addressed these issues:
Sue Edwards of the Institute for Sustainable Development in Ethiopia and co-winner of the 2011 Gothenburg Prize for Sustainable Development on the successful landscape and community based livelihoods approach of the Tigray Project, Ethiopia.
MoisesQuispe, Executive Director of the Asociación Nacional de Productores Ecológicos del Perú will explain how ANPE addresses the special needs of mountain communities and their ecosystems in the Peruvian Andes and how they are addressing climate change.
Dr. Vandana Shiva will outline her own Navdanya network of half a million female seed keepers and organic producers spread across 16 states of India and their contribution to gender equality, biodiversity conservation and green jobs & social inclusiveness.
Rogerio Dias (COAGRE-Ministry of Agriculture, Brazil) will outline the diversity of organic green economies in Brazil and the national organic policies that support them; from a network of small scale organic producers in the South that nourish 3 million people a day through public procurement policies, a network in the North East exporting high quality produce and peri-urban farming around Rio.
IntroductionOrganic green economies exist in over 120 countries each one a result of local opportunities and challenges and each based on the 4 principles of organic agriculture ? health ? ecology ? fairness ? care. With 870 member organizations worldwide, IFOAM the global organic food and agriculture umbrella organization has for 40 years helped farmers, communities, businesses and governments develop organic green economies the world over. Almost 2 million certified producers contribute to the $60 annual billion third-party certified global organic green economy. Many more non third-party-certified organic farmers are driving socially inclusive grass root local and regional organic green economies that increase local food security, empower both urban and rural communities ? especially women, create green jobs and businesses and in doing so protect and regenerate natural and agricultural biodiversity and ecosystems while nourishing both producers and consumers. Governments are responding to this potential by setting public domestic procurement targets that support local smallholder farmers helping to lift them out of poverty while at the same time addressing local food security. The African Union and a growing list of UN agencies and humanitarian organizations are increasingly supporting OA systems, as accessible and affordable and locally appropriate tools for addressing land degradation, regenerating rural livelihoods and degraded ecosystems and increasing the resilience of farms and rural communities in the face of climate change. And critically the majority of stakeholders recognize that OA is highly suited to empowering rural and urban communities to have much greater participation in the way their food is produced and traded.
ObjectiveThis learning event will enable participants to understand the global diversity of organic practices, systems and economies and their contribution to the priority issues that will dominate the sustainable development agenda for the next twenty years. The organic green economy case studies from Ethiopia, Peru, India and Brazil will provide a flavor of what is already happening in very diverse economies of the world to address the challenges and opportunities facing their people. The event will illustrate the multi-functionality of organic agriculture (OA) and bring to the attention of a wide audience of key stakeholders and decision makers the capability, expertise, track record and potential it has as a dynamic tool for eradicating poverty, ensuring food security and enabling sustainable development. By focusing on 10 Rio+20 priority themes the event will illustrate the importance of food security and sustainable agriculture as a critical cross-cutting issue and of OA as broad sustainable development tool. For instance burgeoning cities cannot become sustainable if food security is not addressed, and likewise gender equality and food security cannot be achieved unless sustainable agriculture recognizes the critical role of women and systematically empowers them. The event will bring together practitioners, agencies and governments that are leading the development of organic green economies in the context of food security, poverty eradication and sustainable development to co-learn and explore ideas for accelerating implementation of OA agriculture, triggering collaboration, integrating OA into potential SDGs and mainstreaming OA into national, regional and global sustainable development policies at Rio+20.
ProgrammeINTRODUCTION(10.00am ? subject to further information from UNCSD)
The Prime Minister of Bhutan
IFOAM President Andre Leu (5 mins)
ORGANIC GREEN ECONOMIES AS TOOLS FOR ADDRESSING THE RIO+20 PRIORITY THEMES:
Organic Green Economy Thematic Facts, Case Study and Key Success Factors
? Dr. Vandana Shiva: Gender, Biodiversity and Green Jobs & Social Inclusiveness in the context of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture (15mins + 5 mins questions from participants)
? Moises Quispe: Mountains, Climate Change and Green Jobs & Social Inclusiveness in the context of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture (15mins + 5mins questions from participants). To be consecutively translated from Spanish to English
? Sue Edwards: Desertification (Land Degradation), Water and Green Jobs & Social Inclusiveness in the context of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture (15mins + 5 mins questions from participants)
? Rogerio Dias: Sustainable Production & Consumption, Cities andGreen Jobs & Social Inclusiveness in the context of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture (15mins + 5mins questions from participants). To be consecutively translated from Portuguese to English
Policy Panel Brainstorm - Accelerating Implementation & Mainstreaming of Organic Agriculture at Rio+20
Policy experts will brainstorm ways in which the sustainable development approaches outlined in the learning events could be promoted through their policies and activities and mainstreamed through the Rio+20 process including inclusion in the Outcome Document, integration into relevant SDGs and inclusion in voluntary commitments. Panelists include; Miguel Saravia (CONDESAN and representative of the Mountain Partnership) (confirmed), Renaud Layadi (government of Brittany & representative of nrg4SD) (TBC), Governments of Bhutan (TBC), Colombia (TBC) and South Africa (TBC) and WFP (TBC), UNCCD (TBC) and IFAD (TBC).
IFOAM President, Andre Leu will close the event by summarizing the learning?s and recommendations on how to mainstream organic agriculture into sustainable development policies and voluntary commitments at Rio+20 and thanking the participants (5mins).
MethodWELCOME & INTRODUCTION (PLENARY):
IFOAM President, and experienced and qualified trainer Andre Leu will welcome the expert instructors who will lead the 4 thematic sustainable development-learning sessions. Participants will be informed of the two discussion points (below) that will guide the panel discussion in both the thematic sessions and the concluding plenary session:
? Discussion Point 1: Implementation: How can organic green economies be replicated and scaled-up? what mechanisms and partnerships are needed ? especially for capacity building and appropriate technology development & transfer?
? Discussion Point 2: SDGs: How can organic agriculture as a sustainable development tool be integrated into relevant SDGs?
? Discussion Point 3: How can organic agriculture be mainstreamed at Rio+20 ? including voluntary commitments, inclusion in the Zero Draft and integration into relevant SDGs as a sustainable development tool?
FOUR THEMATIC MINI LEARNING SESSIONS: Four thematic sustainable development learning sessions will demonstrate, in the context of sustainable agriculture and food security, how organic green economies address the majority of the Rio+20 priority themes and cross sectorial issues and areas. Global leaders in developing and implementing organic green economies from India, Peru, Africa and Brazil will explain how their initiatives address specific Rio+20 themes and how they increase green jobs, social inclusiveness and food security. A panel of policy leaders from Government, agencies and major groups with specific interest and leadership in the themes will brainstorm how organic green economies can be replicated and how organic agriculture can be mainstreamed at Rio+20 as a cross-cutting, multi-functional, locally adapted sustainable development tool for the global community.
ImpactRio+20 marks the beginning of a new generation of sustainable development. Top-down approaches are failing and in an increasingly inter-connected world where knowledge is much more available. The timing is right for creating the enabling conditions for grass roots initiatives that turn challenges into opportunities through people-centered green growth. Organic Agriculture (OA) inspired by productive and sustainable traditional farming systems that embrace ecological functions to secure food and nutrition security now has over 70 years of locally adapted experience in over 120 countries to bring to the global sustainable development agenda. This learning event in the heart of the Rio+20 negotiations will provide an important platform for joint learning of the benefits of OA, for collaborating in the acceleration of the implementation of locally adapted and inspired organic green economies and exploring how the SDGs and Zero Draft can recognize and support as a key sustainable development tool.
Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchoen Jigmi Yoezer Thinley
Andre Frederick Leu (for overall learning event) (IFOAM)
Andre Leu is the President of IFOAM with almost 40 years of experience as an organic farmers and trainer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Communications, and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education, both from the University of Technology Sydney. Andre has post-graduate qualifications in Education specializing as tertiary qualified adult educator. He worked in the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector in Australia for 19 years, in two Australia States, NSW and Queensland. He developed and ran training workshops on tropical organic agriculture in conjunction with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries &Forestry for as well as presenting variations of these workshops in Vietnam, Thailand and in Bhutan in 2011. He is currently running farmer training workshops in Laos. He co-authored the manual for training farmers on the adaptation to and mitigation of climate change for Government sponsored workshops delivered in every state and territory around Australia.
Sue Edwards (Institute for Sustainable Development)
Instructor 2 for Priority Themes: Climate Change / Water / Desertification in the context of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture:
MoisesQuispe (Asociación Nacional de Productores Ecológicos del Perú (Executive Director))
Priority Themes: Mountains / Oceans in the context of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
Rogerio Dias (Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento, Brasília (Responsible for Agro-Ecology))
Dr. Vandana Shiva (Navdanya International)