This briefing for Geneva-based delegates will be an opportunity to share with member States the highlights of UNCTAD´s action-oriented analytical work on organic agriculture as a trade and sustainable development opportunity for developing countries.
The work has focused on two international partnerships for sustainable development that extend to the operational level:
Results of CBTF work on organic agriculture in East Africa, including:
- Launch of the new CBTF study "Organic Agriculture and Food Security in Africa"
- Information on the East African Organic Products Standard
- An overview of future activities
Results from six years of ITF work, including:
- Two recently finalized ITF tools - the EquiTool and IROCB (International Requirements for Organic Certification Bodies) - which will facilitate organic trade through equivalence and recognition among organic standards and conformity assessment systems.
- Information on the eighth and final ITF meeting to be hosted by UNCTAD in Geneva on 6 and 7 October 2008.
13:00-13:40 hrs. Light lunch outside Room XXVI
13.40-15:00 hrs. Briefing and discussion
Advance registration (below) is requested to facilitate planning and access to the Palais for members of the public.
The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) -- an intergovernmental process supported by over 400 experts under the co-sponsorship of the FAO, GEF, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, the World Bank and WHO -- released its summary report on 14 April 2008.
It stated strongly that "the way the world grows its food will have to change radically to better serve the poor and hungry if the world is to cope with growing population and climate change while avoiding social breakdown and environmental collapse."
The authors found that:
progress in agriculture has reaped very unequal benefits and has come at a high social and environmental cost; and
- food producers should try using "natural processes" like crop rotation and use of organic fertilizers.
The authors call for more attention to small-scale farmers and utilizing sustainable agricultural practices, and specifically mention organic farming as an option several times.