Call for Submissions: Best Organic Farming Practices in Mountain Areas


The FAO's Mountain Partnership is seeking case studies for its publication “Agro-ecological and Organic Farming Practices in Mountain Areas” (exact title TBD). To raise awareness around sustainable agricultural farming practices in mountainous areas, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS) will have the publication highlight the role of agro-ecological or organic farming practices while enhancing livelihoods and food security.

Mountain agriculture largely consists of family farming and pastoralism and is crucial in ensuring household food security and shaping mountain landscapes. Sustainable production practices and the conservation of agrobiodiversity in mountainous areas ensure dietary diversity and quality, generate income for sustainable smallholder farmers, and aid in the restoration and preservation of ecosystems.

SUBMIT your case study today!

Your are invited to contribute a case study for this publication. Submissions should highlight one of the following themes:

  • Agro-ecological Farming Practices: an example that demonstrates one of FAO’s 10 elements of agroecology;
  • Organic Farming Practices: an example that shows the impact of organic farming practices linked to the 4 principles of organic agriculture. A focus on Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) is welcomed.

Please send your case study to Michelle Geringer at michelle.geringer [at] (subject: Mountain%20Partnership%20Case%20Study%20Submission) by June 14, 2019. Your submssion should contain the following information:

  • An abstract summarizing the contents of the case study (maximum 1 page), e.g. explaining the farming practice and describing the role of agro-ecological or organic farming practices in mountain areas that enhance livelihoods and food security, and improve resilience of mountainous communities and ecosystems;
  • Country (or countries) of the case study; and
  • Focus theme(s) of the case study.

Case studies featured in the publication will be chosen from received submissions. You will be contacted by FAO's Mountain Partnership in June if your case study has been selected for inclusion. Should your proposal be selected, you will be asked to provide a full case study (up to 1,000 words) with a maximum of five high-quality images. The Mountain Partnership will determine which submitted images will be appear in the publication.

All case studies selected for inclusion will be acknowledged in the publication. Two case studies will be selected for presentation at the forum 'Origin Diversity and Territories'. The authors of these two case studies will be invited to Lausanne, Switzerland from December 4-6, 2019 to participate in the forum and present their case study.

About the Mountain Partnership

fao_mp_logo.pngThe Mountain Partnership is a vibrant voluntary alliance of governmetns and organizations committed to working together with the common goal of achieving sustainable development around the world. By tapping the wealth and diversity of knowledge, information, expertise of and between its global membership, the Mountain Partnership stimulates concrete initiatives at all levels to address threats, improve quality of life and sustain healthy environments in the world's mountain regions.

IFOAM - Organics International is now a member of the Mountain Partnership. 


For the original announcement of this call, please read here.

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