The Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in The Hague, The Netherlands - 31stOctober - 5th November
IFOAM with other Civil Society Organizations helped to thwart a push for food security and climate change strategies based on top-down second green revolution based ‘solutions’. The two IFOAM side events and important keynote speakers such as Kanayo Nwanze (IFAD President) ensured that the final version was more balanced and included Organic Agriculture in its wide-ranging list of recommendations.
Read the IFOAM_report
The conference set-up favored developed countries and agribusiness corporations and illustrates the critical importance of CSO vigilance and participation that is particularly important given that the forthcoming UNFCCC climate negotiations are considering agriculture in expanded market mechanisms including the CDM. The UN also intends to set-up an agriculture working group to explore which type of agricultural practices and systems might be supported under such mechanisms.
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE STATEMENTS AND OUTCOMES
Chairs_summary (official outcome)
IFOAM SIDE EVENTS
Jane_Nalunga from Nogamu
Cristina_Grandi from IFOAM
Richard_Ewbank from Christian Aid
Harrie_Oppenoorth from HIVOS
Adrian_Mueller from FiBL
CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS (CSO) STATEMENTS
Organized by the Governments of the Netherlands, Ethiopia, New Zealand and Norway as well as FAO and the World Bank the event is significant given the forthcoming annual decision-making meeting (CoP16) of the UN for Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico in December. This conference was preceded by a pre-conference in Ethiopia.
IFOAM Food Security Advocacy expert Cristina Grandi will lead the IFOAM delegation and collaborate with the Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC) and NOGAMU (National Organic Agriculture Movement of Uganda).
KEY MESSAGE / OBJECTIVES
IFOAM raised awareness of its campaign messages, high sequestration, low emission, food secure farming which highlights the superior performance of organic agriculture in preventing global warming and adapting to it. However, our most important message was ‘not just carbon’ given our major concerns that international policies in their focus on carbon will incentivize business-as-usual industrial agriculture resulting in biodiversity loss, increased GHG emissions and even greater food insecurity in the developing world.