24.08.2012

International collaboration. There is an urgent need to develop strong leadership and social networks to serve as a foundation for the expanded capacity all around the world, to overcome the current limited and localised impact of sustainable agriculture. The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) announced at Rio+20 the formation of the IFOAM Global Organic Research Network (IGORN), which will foster international collaboration in organic agriculture research, exchange of information between researchers in organic agriculture, and the dissemination and application of organic research results.

Communicate that organic works. Farmers in emerging and developing countries have developed and improved sustainable techniques that have for centuries proven to be stable, resilient and productive. These systems have been challenged in recent years by urbanisation, concentration of land-ownership, and capital-intensive technologies. Relatively few farmers with access to land, infrastructure, credit and technology have benefitted and put many smaller, undercapitalised farmers under pressure or off their land, which tends to increasingly polarise rural communities.