Agriculture

Greenpeace International's EC Unit has been circulating information about an NGO initiative to develop an International Ecological Agriculture Network (IEAN). The initiative was successful in gaining supportive wording in the Agenda 21 chapter, "Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development". This in turn has generated further interest from other NGOs and international organizations such as UNDP and FAO. The long term goal is to establish ecological agriculture as the agricultural production system.

Kenya Consumers' Organization and the Kenya Institute of Organic Farming, in an effort to foster sustainable agriculture in the face of climatic changes, are promoting organic farming by establishing a marketing association for organic growers and consumers in Kenya.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Council of the United States held its first working session in February 1993 in Washington, DC. The Council seeks to broaden agriculture policy reform through active participation in the dialogue by farmer, consumer, environmental, animal welfare, religious, labor and other public interest organizations. The overall goal is to develop common policy agendas and strategies for the 1995 farm bill. Hundreds of grassroots workshops have been and will continue to be held across the country to give local citizens the opportunity to consider draft policy options and make recommendations for action.

Bringing Rio Home: Using Agenda 21 to Promote Sustainable Agriculture was held from August 31 to September 3, 1993 in Ruhr, Germany. The conference was organized by the European Ecumenical Organization for Development (EECOD).

The Experience of Integrated Resource Management (IRM) for Sustainable Agriculture was held from September 5 to 13, 1993, jointly organized by Beijing Agricultural University, Peoples Republic of China and the Department of Agronomy and Range Science, University of California, Davis.