IFOAM – Organics International, the umbrella group for the global organic movement, and the Inter-American Commission on Organic Agriculture (CIAO), which promotes the development of organic agriculture in North and South America, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on projects to promote and implement sustainable organic practices and organic certification.
Peggy Miars, president of IFOAM, and also CEO of the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), sees the partnership as an opportunity to increase the impact of the organic sector in the Americas region.
“Now, more than ever, we need to collaborate together and achieve common goals,” Miars said. “This is our chance to increase organic operations through common projects with the CIAO. We should integrate the Organic Principles in them.”
IFOAM’s four principles of organic agriculture are: Health, Ecology, Fairness and Care.
The MoU seeks to
- promote certified organic, ecological or biological agriculture or stock farming
- increase the knowledge and dissemination of activities such as presentations, seminars, workshops, forums and conferences
- disseminate actions designed to foster sustainable development, the protection of the environment and consumption of ecological foods
- participate in services with the objectives of both parties