Mathew John is co-founder of the Keystone Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that has been supporting environmental and rural development in South India for nearly 20 years.
Keystone’s primary aim is the facilitation of sustainable livelihoods for communities living in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, an area protected by UNESCO for its ecological and cultural significance. Organic Agriculture and Participatory Guarantee Systems play a fundamental role in Keystone’s development strategies.
Through his experience, Mathew John brings a wealth of insight on linking small farmers, harvesters and artisans to markets, not only to the IFOAM World Board, but also to the IFOAM PGS Committee. His grassroots development background is complemented by significant involvement in shaping national and international policies governing smallholder markets.
Mathew joined the World Board in 2011.