The 6th ALGOA Summit “Building Alliances Beyond Asia” – IFOAM Organics Europe contributes with overview and opportunities of Farm to Fork Strategy – 13 October 2020, online

On 12-16 October 2020, over 1,600 participants from 46 countries joined the 6th ALGOA Summit “Building Alliances Beyond Asia” which took place virtually together with the inaugural Summit of the Global Alliance of Organic Districts (GAOD).

On 13 October, IFOAM Organics Europe Director, Eduardo Cuoco, participated in the session themed: Framework for Food Systems Transformation. In addition to a keynote speech by Marina Bortoletti from the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on “Collaborative Frameworks for Food Systems Transformations” and presentations from all over the world, Eduardo presented an overview of the Farm to Fork Strategy. Amongst the topics addressed were the opportunities the 25% organic land target in the Farm to Fork strategy presents, the role of Biodistricts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Farm to Fork’s objectives and IFOAM Organics Europe’s active role in offering organic farming as a political solution to societal problems. Eduardo ended his presentation on a positive note, reminding the participants “Don’t panic, the future is organic!”

On 14 October, Molly Mathews, IFOAM Organics Europe Events and Membership Assistant, took part in the session organised by the Young Organics Global Network on the topic of Local Governance. Representatives from around the world addressed the state of affairs regarding youth and organic farming in their countries. Molly specifically presented the situation for young farmers in Europe and IFOAM Organics Europe’s plans to organise a European Organic Youth Conference in 2021, with the objective of involving more youth in the IFOAM Organics Europe network. Interested in catching up on the topics discussed at the summit? Recordings of all the sessions are available on the IFOAM Asia Facebook page.

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