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IFOAM, Fairtrade International and the UN together for family farming

  • IFOAM, Fairtrade International and the UN together for family farming

    by Market Insider

    Tuesday, 04 Feb. 2014

    In the year dedicated by the United Nations to Family Farming, the largest institutions in the world for organic and fair-traded products - International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and Fairtrade International - have given rise to a large and structured international cooperation project with the participation of FAO and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

    The action network “Family Farming: Ecologically and Socially Responsible” is coordinated by ICEA (Institute for Ethical and Environmental Certification) that had a fundamental role in coordinating the network since its inception succeeding in creating an alliance of the leading global organizations on a crucial issue for sustainable development: the family agriculture whose importance is evidenced by the large number of organic and fair-trade farms engaged on all dimensions of sustainability: environmental, economic, social, cultural and social responsibility.

    The network will debut at next BioFach scheduled for 12 to 15 February in Nuremberg, not only with its stand but also with a prologue the day before the inauguration, with a public lecture and other events.
    The aim is to highlight the value of organic and fair-trade for farming families around the world; about 70% of the arable land of the globe is ploughed, tilled, planted, fertilized and harvested by family farmers. To safeguard the ancient and, at the same time, present concept of 'life of the Farm’ and run it according to the perspective of the biologic, the world begins to move with ad hoc measures: recently the Brazilian government, for example, has launched a plan that aims to convert to organic methods and agro-ecology at least 10% of the rural households or about 400 thousand families.

    It is no coincidence that BioFach will be attended by technicians and farmers of thirteen Bio and Fairtrade Brazilian cooperatives accounting for more than 5.200 farm families. In addition the stand will be enhanced by the presence of delegations of small producers linked to IFAD projects from Senegal, Liberia, Sao Tome and Principe, and Nicaragua with a large range of products. The concepts and values of family agriculture will also be reinterpreted and conveyed through the language of art, thanks to a video and a theatrical spectacle.

    But BioFach is just the beginning of a long journey that will bring the network to promotion actions creating awareness in the biggest international events of the biological (including the Bologna Sana, the World Congress of Bio Istanbul and TerraMadre Slow Food) with the goal to arrive then at 'Expo 2015’ in Milan.

    Source: ICEA

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