World Farmers Organisation
- Date submitted: 31 Oct 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
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Rio +20 Summit
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, a high level session will be convened ?to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assessing the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.? ? General Assembly resolution.
The focus of the Conference includes:
a green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development
and the institutional framework for sustainable development.
The implementation gap on sustainable development commitments is the primary point of discussion for the Earth Summit. The green economy should be part of the means to implement overarching sustainable development commitments made at the original Earth Summit and in Johannesburg.
We believe the Summit could further policy coherence on food security, drawing on the CSD-17 findings and the work of the High Level Task Force on Food Security.
Role of Farmers
Farmers represent one-third of the world‟s population and one-half of its poor. As the planet‟s primary ecosystem managers, farmers‟ activity depends on a sound environment. They are best placed to ensure sustainable development thereby contributing to a green economy. Farmers provide multiple goods and services to society, such as production of food, non-food products such as renewable energies, delivery of ecosystem services and land stewardship to protect and enhance biodiversity. They also play a key role for rural development and rural employment. Thus, the farming sector contributes to economic growth and to reducing poverty and hunger in developing countries, while still being an important part of the economy in industrialised countries.
Farmers are at the core of the green economy as there are significant synergies between poverty alleviation and sustainable farming. Farmers‟ organizations want to be a key partner in all levels of discussion.
What is the Green Economy
Though it is notoriously difficult to reach an agreed definition of a green economy, broadly it is aligned with the goals of sustainable development: social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The green economy recognizes that protecting and conserving environmental resources can be a significant driver for the economic growth.
What are the primary goals for Agriculture in the Context of the Green Economy?
1) Produce more with less by finding ways to meet global requirements for food while minimizing the need to encroach forests, jungles, and other eco-systems and maximising the efficiency of production.
2) To use a knowledge-based approach of best practices that sustains production and minimizes the negative impacts of farming activities on the environment.
3) Develop new approaches to reward farmers for adopting practices decisions that protect and/or enhance the provision of goods and services from functioning ecosystems that also foster sustainability and address poverty by enabling smallholder farmers to break the subsistence cycle.
4) Reduce poverty since farmers represent one half of the world‟s poor and despite high profile promises, woefully few resources have truly begun to flow to help farmers break the poverty cycle.
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