Commitments to action

Governance—an Alliance for the Broad Adoption of Policies and Practices Based on the Principles of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology

IFOAM - Organics International

Our world’s food and farming systems currently face multiple challenges ranging from increasing hunger, climate change, and biodiversity loss to farmers and food workers not earning a decent income. The way we produce and consume food can either alleviate or exacerbate these conditions. IFOAM – Organics International wants to be a part of the solution. Through our work, we build capacity to facilitate the transition of farmers to organic agriculture, raise awareness of the need for sustainable production and consumption, and advocate for a policy environment conducive to agro-ecological farming practices and sustainable development.

Together with our more than 800 members in over 100 countries and territories, we are leading change, organically.

We foster the broad adoption of truly sustainable agriculture, value chains, and consumption in line with the principles of organic agriculture.

Our strategy to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, implemented jointly with the Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers’ Organizations, includes six features, consistently promoting the diversity that lies at the heart of organic and recognizing there is no ‘one-size-fits-all approach:

  • A culture of innovation, to attract greater farmer conversion and adoption of best practices. We proactively scout for traditional and newly arising innovations and assesses them against impact risks and potentials.
  • Continuous improvement toward best practice, for operators along the whole value chain covering all dimensions of sustainability: ecology, society, economy, culture, and accountability.
  • Diverse ways to ensure transparency and integrity, to broaden the uptake of organic agriculture beyond third-party certification;
  • Inclusiveness of wider sustainability interests, through proactively building alliances with the many movements and organizations that have complementary approaches to truly sustainable food and farming. However, it also clearly distinguishes itself from unsustainable agriculture systems and ‘greenwashing’ initiatives;
  • Empowerment from the farm to the final consumer, to recognize the interdependence and real partnerships along the value chain and also on a territorial basis; It particularly acknowledges the core position of smallholding family farmers, of gender relations and of fairness in trade; and
  • True value and cost accounting, to internalize costs and benefits, encourage transparency for consumers and policy-makers, and empower farmers as full partners. We call on governments to adopt a similar strategy and create an environment conducive to empowering stakeholders by setting legal frameworks and public investments that support this concept. Governments should partner with and enable the participation of civil society and foster private initiatives in the sector.

Constituency

Civil society
Producer organizations

Action Area(s)

Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production

Location

Global

Key contact

Gábor Figeczky, IFOAM – Organics International
[email protected]

Keywords

Governance
Policies
Agroecology

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