INOFO becomes member of ALGOA in South Korea

New chairperson Ms. Shamika Mone
represented INOFO at the 4th ALGOA Summit from April 24th to 26th, 2018 in
Goesan County, Chungbuk Province, South Korea. Asian Local Governments on
Organic Agriculture (ALGOA) is a unique initiative started by IFOAM Asia in
2015 to bring all Asian Local Governments working on Organic Agriculture
together on one platform along with many civil society and farmer
organisations. First platform, where Government officers, civil society
organisations and Organic farmers are no more separate parties; but are
friends, buddies or comrades working hand in hand for better healthy future by
supporting organic agriculture. This year the focus of the summit was on
“Family Farming and the Role of Local Governments in Organic Agriculture”

To understand the importance of this year’s
focus on Family Farming let’s look at a brief background behind it. On December
20th, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly, in its 72nd Session,
officially adopted a resolution for the “Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028”.
The resolution allows for better public policies on Family Farming and offers a
unique opportunity to contribute to the alleviation of hunger and poverty as
well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The resolution was
proposed in early October by a group of 14 countries led by Costa Rica,
co-sponsored by 104 states and unanimously approved at the General Assembly
plenary session.

The adoption of the IYFF+10/Decade of
Family Farming 2019-2028, is the result of a long process which started in 2008
with the campaign for the Declaration of the International Year of Family
Farming (IYFF-2014). The campaign was coordinated by the World Rural Forum as
well as over 300 civil society organizations, governments, research centers,
international organizations and cooperatives. It was also supported by
international organizations such as FAO, IFAD, International Land Coalition
(ILC), etc.

In lieu with such international
developments, it is timely that ALGOA takes measures to recognize the role of
family farming, small and marginal farmers in local organic agriculture
development and bring forth relevant support policies from the local
governments. ALGOA takes note that “the integrating concept of family farming
includes forests, aquaculture, pastoralism and family fishing, as well as the
fundamental role that women and young people play in family farming.” Local
governments can play a big role in manifesting the objectives of the
IYFF+10/Decade of Family Farming.

Purpose of this Summit was to understand
and define the concept of family farming in organic agriculture in the Asian
context and to develop policies/ guidelines by local governments to support family
farming in organic agriculture. ALGOA now has grown to 91 members in 16
countries in Asia. The new members including INOFO have signed the “Membership
of Commitment” in Goesan at this ALGOA Summit.

Become a member and let your voice be heard!

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Regular local and global events

Farmer certification and training

Become a member and let your voice be heard!

Grassroots movement

Participatory development

Regular local and global events

Farmer certification and training