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And food systems need to be compatible with food sovereignty and community access to food.

Processes to reinforce

Farmer education. As a farmer-centred and grassroots movement, organic agriculture has largely relied on farmer-to-farmer networks and exchanges to disseminate information. Research has to support the linking of the farmers with the other stakeholders in the food supply chain, specifically markets for organic food in developing countries. At the same time, farmer knowledge needs to be valued as a source of experience and a base for innovation. This can be accelerated by investing in farmer education, which will also empower the rural communities.

Networking. Organic agriculture research is still at a formative stage, and needs to build related human capacities. Farmer innovators and farmer organisations grouped around value chains have to build networks to commonly solve their many problems and address their specific research needs to the scientists.

Knowledge dissemination. Organic farming research stands to benefit all farmers and consumers.