Closing the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021!

IFOAM - Organics International was proud to be part of the activities of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV) 2021!  The activities organized were a great opportunity to talk about how organic can be part of the solution to protect our planet, our farmers, their families and their livelihood.

IFOAM - Organics International produced a short video, where we can hear the organic farmers; Sivaraman from India and Sylvia from Kenya, talking about their experiences of growing fruits and vegetables. This was organized, together with FAO, the successful WebinarHow to build sustainability and prosperity in Fruits and Vegetables food systems. Organic and agroecological growers tell their stories”, on 2 December 2021.

At the same time IFOAM - Organics International Ambassadors represented the organic movement at the highest IYFV2021 events. The former President, Andre Leu, was one of panelists at the Opening Ceremony and now Sylvia Kuria will address the audience at the Closing Ceremony that will be held online on 24 February 2022, 13:00 - 14:30 CET.  

Please pre-register to join the closing event here

Agenda of the closing ceremony

Moderator: Ms Marcela Villarreal, Director, Partnerships and UN Collaboration, FAO

Screening of the official video for the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

Closing of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

  • Mr QU Dongyu, Director-General
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • Video message: Mr António Guterres Secretary-General, UN

  • Her Excellency Raquel Arbaje de Abinader First Lady of the Dominican Republic

  • Her Excellency Maria Emilia Undurraga Minister of Agriculture of Chile

  • His Excellency Stefano Patuanelli
    Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies of Italy

  • The Honourable Peter Munya
    Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock Development, Fisheries and Cooperatives of Kenya

Screening of the video of ISC members

  • Ms Patricia Araya, IYFV ISC Chair

  • Ms Dilara Koçak,
    Social media influencer, Turkey

  • Ms Sylvia M. Kuria
    Young farmers’ leaders engaged in the organic movement and growing fruits and vegetables, Kenya

  • Ms Tahmina Isayeva
    Small business of drying fruits and Food Hero, Azerbaijan

  • Dr. Benny M. Corcolo
    Vice President, Research and Development for Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc (Tadeco), the Philippines

  • Prof. Dr. Ted M. DeJong
    (ISHS, Chair of Division Temperate Tree Fruits) Davis, USA

Marcela Villarreal, Moderator