Keynote Speaker

  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Time: 10:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Organizer: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
  • Theme: Food security and sustainable agriculture
  • Perspective: Global
  • Language: english
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All SD-Learning courses will be held at Room T-7 at the Major Groups/Side events pavilion at the RioCentro Convention Center. More information can be found at our Logistics page.

Organic Agriculture ? Locally Driven Solutions to Global Priorities

This event brings together governments, agencies and major group stakeholders that IFOAM regularly interacts with in its global advocacy activities. The SD-learning event reflects section 5 of the Zero Draft by focusing on the role of organic agriculture in addressing the priority themes, the integration into SDGs and exploring mechanisms and collaborations that assist implementation. Ten Rio+20 priority themes will be explored in 4 thematic learning sessions each with its own organic green economy case study that will reveal the key factors in successfully addressed these issues:

Sue Edwards of the Institute for Sustainable Development in Ethiopia and co-winner of the 2011 Gothenburg Prize for Sustainable Development on the successful landscape and community based livelihoods approach of the Tigray Project, Ethiopia.

MoisesQuispe, Executive Director of the Asociación Nacional de Productores Ecológicos del Perú will explain how ANPE addresses the special needs of mountain communities and their ecosystems in the Peruvian Andes and how they are addressing climate change.

Dr. Vandana Shiva will outline her own Navdanya network of half a million female seed keepers and organic producers spread across 16 states of India and their contribution to gender equality, biodiversity conservation and green jobs & social inclusiveness.

Rogerio Dias (COAGRE-Ministry of Agriculture, Brazil) will outline the diversity of organic green economies in Brazil and the national organic policies that support them; from a network of small scale organic producers in the South that nourish 3 million people a day through public procurement policies, a network in the North East exporting high quality produce and peri-urban farming around Rio.


Organic green economies exist in over 120 countries each one a result of local opportunities and challenges and each based on the 4 principles of organic agriculture ? health ? ecology ? fairness ? care. With 870 m


This learning event will enable participants to understand the global diversity of organic practices, systems and economies and their contribution to the priority issues that will dominate the sustain


INTRODUCTION(10.00am ? subject to further information from UNCSD)
The Prime Minister of Bhutan

WELCOME (10.30am)
IFOAM President Andre Leu (5 mins)



IFOAM President, and experienced


Rio+20 marks the beginning of a new generation of sustainable development. Top-down approaches are failing and in an increasingly inter-connected world where knowledge is much more available. The timing is right for creating the enabling co

Keynote Speaker
Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchoen Jigmi Yoezer Thinley

Instructor 1
Andre Frederick Leu (for overall learning event) (IFOAM)
Andre Leu is the President of IFOAM with almost 40 years of experience as an organic farmers and trainer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Communications, and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education, both from the Univ
Instructor 2
Sue Edwards (Institute for Sustainable Development)
Instructor 2 for Priority Themes: Climate Change / Water / Desertification in the context of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture:
Instructor 3
MoisesQuispe (Asociación Nacional de Productores Ecológicos del )
Priority Themes: Mountains / Oceans in the context of Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
Instructor 4
Rogerio Dias (Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento, Brasília (Responsible for Agro-Ecology))
Instructor 5
Dr. Vandana Shiva (Navdanya International)
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