Due to the great response and high demand for leadership training around the world, IFOAM launched the course for Latin America in 2013, after Asia and Europe. The objective of the course is to train leaders in the region, to promote a common understanding and a shared vision of Agroecology and Organic Production. Hence, the organic movement can grow and get more voices for the development of a true sustainable agriculture based on the Principles of Organic Agriculture: Ecology, Health, Fairness and Care.
Although the pioneers of the organic movement have proposed philosophies, principles and practices since the 1920s, Agroecology in Latin America only arose in the 80s as an alternative paradigm to the green revolution, but also as a tool for social and political change. In addition, there is the heritage of local cultures that knew how to manage their environment for food supply and spiritual needs, in a sustainable way.
Therefore, the OLC in Latin America has a particular complex dimension, but is at the same time holistic and integrated into the different approaches and philosophies.
For IFOAM, launching the OLC in Latin America represented an invaluable opportunity to support and strengthen leaders’ skills and to facilitate the construction of knowledge networks and wisdom exchange, of innovation and interaction, among the different stakeholders of the movement and the organic chain.
For more information, please consult the OLC Latin America 2013/14 Course Brochure.
See more photos of the OLC Latin America 2013/14 here.