|The IFOAM Liaison Office to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)|
In the last few years there has been an increasing interest in organic agriculture by the FAO and other UN agencies, particularly in relation to farmer incomes, poverty alleviation, food security and biodiversity. There is still a long way from convincing the varied FAO departments and related agencies to recognize organic agriculture as an affordable solution to several of the problems faced by world agriculture. The Liaison Office supports FAO staff members that show interest in Organic Agriculture, helping them to set up events and provide tools to facilitate organic agricultural development.
Similarly, the benefits from organic agricultural production have not yet been fully recognised by a majority of national governments, especially developing and CEE countries, which often view biotechnology and high-input agriculture as the solution to food security problems.
Among NGOs working on biodiversity related issues, there is recognition that OA should play a role. However, NGOs working on food security issues and farmer associations could take on a more central role in promoting organic agriculture.
Financed by the I-GO program, the office aims to:
The Liaison office activities focus on the following objectives:
For more information contact:
Cristina Grandi, Coordinator
IFOAM FAO Liaison Office
Via Piave, 14
00187 Rome - Italy
Tel. +39 06 45437485
Fax. +39 06 45437469
Email: c.grandi@ ifoam.org
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