Planet Diversity World Congress on the Future of Food and Agriculture

Climate Change and Organic Agriculture

Adaptation, mitigation and food miles - key aspects for sustainable farming of the future

Organiser: Luis Armando Malo Peniche, IFOAM, Colombia/Germany

Speakers: Pipo Lernoud, IFOAM World Board Vice President, Argentina (Moderator)

Miguel Altieri, University of California, Berkeley, USA: How to create resilient agroecosystemsbased on traditional knowledge

Johannes Kotschi, AGRECOL, Germany

Clara Nicholls, University of California, Berkeley, USA: Diversification of agroecosystems agroecosystems: an agroecological strategy against climatic variability and pest outbreaks

Jan Van Aken, Greenpeace International, Germany: Major Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture

Juan Lopez Villar, Friends of the Earth International, Spain

Wanjiru Kamau, KOAN-Kenya Organic Agriculture Network, Kenya: Food Miles

Outline
The workshop will discuss three important aspects that have to do with the role of organic agriculture regarding climate change. On the opening panel some experts will discuss their “good” practices on adaptation and mitigation. These can be presented as complementary rather than separated method to deal with climate change. After this, the third discussion topic will be foodmiles, currently coming from mainly western countries, including its effect on development for small holders in the South. Last but not least, to make the workshop more useful for the participants, two questions and answers’ session and participatory methods will be arranged between the speakers’ discussion panels

Objectives
The workshop’s main goal is to /inform/ participants about the role that Organic Agriculture plays as a solution to deal with climate change. At the end of the workshop, they should be aware that through the conversion from “conventional" to organic agriculture, many mechanisms against climate change are activated, that lead to adaptation and mitigation by carbon sequestration. Finally, it can be shown how other mechanisms such as “food miles” open a big discussion between the use by industrialized countries and their indirect effect on developing countries.

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Background Papers and further reading

Background information on presenters:
Pipo Lernoud (Argentina), Vice President de la Junta Directiva de IFOAM
Miguel Altieri (Chile), Universidad de California, Berkeley, USA
Johannes Kotschi (Alemania), AGRECOL, Germany
Clara Nicholls (Colombia), University of California, Berkeley, USA
Jan Van Aken (Alemania), Greenpeace International, Germany
Juan Lopez Villar (España), Friends of the Earth International, Spain
Wanjiru Kamau (Kenia), KOAN-Kenya Organic Agriculture Network, Kenya

Cool Farming: Climate impacts of agriculture and mitigation potential
Published in January 2008 by Greenpeace International, Campaigning for Sustainable Agriculture
Authors: Jessica Bellarby, Bente Foereid, Astley Hastings and Pete Smith from the University of Aberdeen

Small farms as a planetary ecological asset: Five key reasons why we should support the revitalization of small farms in the global South
Miguel A. Altieri, President, Sociedad Cientifica LatinoAmericana de Agroecologia (SOCLA)

More ecology - less hunger?
Published by Appropriate Technology, Volume 32, No 4 (December 2005)
Author: Johannes Kotschi, AGRECOL Seminars

Diversification of agroecosystems agroecosystems: an agroecological strategy against climatic variability and pest outbreaks
Clara Nicholls, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Food Miles
Wanjiru Kamau, KOAN-Kenya Organic Agriculture Network, Kenya:

Climate Change and Organic AgricultureChangement climatique et agriculture biologiqueKlimawandel und biologische LandwirtschaftCambio climático y agricultura orgánica,

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