AgriCultures Network - News from our partners
All members publish a quarterly magazine on small-scale sustainable agriculture and agroecology. But we do much more. Below, we update you on our other activities and programmes.
January 2013: AME Foundation produces five local language editions of LEISA India magazine, in addition to a national English edition. But they do much more than that. In various spaces, they promote agro-ecology and family farming.
November 2012: Major interest in sustainable food & farming at a festival in Wageningen.
On November 24th 2012 we received the sad news that Anita Ingevall has passed away after a long battle with cancer.
On Tuesday 20 November 2012 in Brasilia, the National Commission that will develop the new Agroecology and Organic Production Policy was officially installed. The commission unites government and civil society and is responsible for elaborating a National Plan for Agroecology and Organic Production. Paulo Petersen of AgriCultures Network member AS-PTA has played a large role in the process and is a member of the Commission.
On November 14, 2012, a new law came into effect that prohibits the import and production of genetically modified crops (GMOs) in Peru. AgriCultures Network member ETC Andes, is one of the participants in the platform “For a GMO-free Peru”. They have been participating in this movement together with other NGOs and farmer and consumer organisations since 2009.
Brazil | Rio de Janeiro | November 2012 - Civil society organisations in Brazil, including AgriCultures Network member AS-PTA, have issued an official letter to Brazil’s federal government questioning the commercial release of a specific type of genetically modified maize. Signatories include social movements, civil organisations, scientific bodies and rights-based NGO’s.
On 27 October 2012, Bram Huijsman officially took position as new Chair of the Board of ILEIA, the Dutch member of the AgriCultures Network. Mr Huijsman takes over this position from Teresa Fogelberg, who has completed her term. The AgriCultures Network is very grateful to Ms Fogelberg for her dedication, and warmly welcomes Mr Huijsman.
On Sept. 19, 2012, social movements and civil society members gathered at in Brasilia to meet with the Brazilian Minister of the General Secretary, Gilberto Carvalho, and the Minister for Agrarian Development, Pepe Vargas. They discussed the new National Policy on Agroecology and Organic Production (PNAPO), which will be developed jointly with civil society.
At the opening of the academic year on September 3, 2012, the Chairman of Wageningen University made a simplistic plea for intensive agriculture, presenting it as the savior of the world. According to him, the choice is between intensive agriculture or hunger. This does not do justice to a great number of scientists, farmers and consumers who promote and practice a different kind of agricultural development.
Aug 08, 2012: Much of the news about the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development has rightly focused on the failure of the official conference to come with concrete solutions and commitments of governments.
We are delighted to share the good news of one of our partners, the Kenyan Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) who have been announced as co-winners of the 2012 edition of the UNESCO International Programme for Development Communication (IPDC) Prize for Rural Communication.
There is no dictionary definition of a "green economy". Nevertheless, the term is part of UN documents and will play a part in determining our lives. The Zero Draft for Rio+20 is a good example: the term is mentioned 40 times in 20 pages, but a definition is nowhere to be found.
Our Brazilian partner AS-PTA co-organised the State Seed Festival in Rio de Janeiro in November 2011. The festival aimed to encourage debate on the use of native seeds and provided a platform for a great exchange of experiences with using and conserving biodiversity.
ALIN scores a first in winning coveted global accolade stamping its authority in pioneering the use of ICTs to empower remote arid lands communities with knowledge and information, transforming their livelihoods.