Rome conference message

Organic farming is the model to feed a hungry world running low on fossil fuels. That’s the clear message coming from a key conference in Rome.
From today (May 3rd) until Saturday May 5th, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is hosting the conference – Organic Agriculture and Food Security at its Rome headquarters. The conference is organised in partnership with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

The overall objective of the Conference is to shed light on the contribution of organic agriculture to food security through the analysis of data from the different agro-ecological areas of the world. The conference aims to identify organic agriculture’s potential to address the food security challenges, says IFOAM.

According to the paper Organic Agriculture and Food Security that the FAO has published in connection with this conference, “The strongest feature of Organic Agriculture is its reliance on fossil-fuel independent and locally-available production assets; working with natural processes increases cost-effectiveness and resilience of agro-ecosystems to climatic stress.” The paper calls on governments to “allocate resources for organic agriculture and to integrate its objectives and actions within their national agricultural development and poverty reduction strategies, with particular emphasis on the needs of vulnerable groups.”

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