Last 28 & 29 April, high-level policy experts gathered at the digital event “Scaling up Agroecology in the Himalayas Together” to discuss and inspire key decision-makers on policies supporting agroecology and organic agriculture in the region.
The Himalayas event was organised by IFOAM – Organics International and the World Future Council, with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The two-day sessions provided in-depth analyses of approaches and tools to help promote and implement the 10 elements of agroecology and the four principles of organic agriculture on a policy level in the Himalaya region, where there is a building momentum of policies driving transformation.
The Himalayan region: a successful case for organic
For Gábor Figeczky, Senior Manager Global Policy at IFOAM - Organics International, these policies are already showing promising results "farmers have increased incomes through diversification, integrated traditional farming systems, reduced their dependency on external synthetic inputs, increased climate resilience, found alternative marketing channels, and promoted greater empowerment of women. This is right moment to share this success story, find ways to support them and show other policy makers that organic can be part of the solution to improve our food systems"
During the event, several voices raised in favour of promoting agricultural practices that can both nourish our communities and heal our planet.