International Forum on Innovating Alternative Markets Towards Food Security and Food Sovereignty
INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON INNOVATING ALTERNATIVE MARKETS TOWARDS FOOD SECURITY AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
“THE GROWING IMPACT OF COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA) AND PARTICIPATORY GUARANTEE SYSTEMS (PGS) ON THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW ECONOMY"
7 – 12 May 2013
Chulalongkorn University and Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
Five days’ International Forum jointly organized by Towards Organic Asia (TOA), the Green Market Network, Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise, Organic Agriculture Innovation Network and School for Wellbeing Studies and Research with: URGENCI, the global network of CSA initiatives and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), together with partner organizations, including the Asia Today initiative of Maejo University, Chiang Mai, the oldest agricultural institution in Thailand.
In association with the 6th annual Green Fair “community organic”, organized by Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise; and the Organic and Natural Expo 2013 + Organic Symposium of the Ministry of Commerce, Thailand.
ABOUT THE FORUM
As an Asian contribution to the 40st anniversary of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), celebrated at the IFOAM Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, November 2012, the Thai Green Market Network and Suan Nguen Mee Ma social enterprise, in response to the “IFOAM birthday wishlist”, cordially facilitate together with partners a global meeting of the IFOAM PGS Committee at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. The meeting is arranged to coincide with a gathering of the newly formed URGENCI Asia group. URGENCI is the network of CSA initiatives, the most direct approach to farmers’ – consumers’ partnerships. The aim of the International Forum on Innovating Alternative Markets,Bangkok,7 – 12 May 2013, is to create markets for small-scale “organic” (or: “in transition to” organic) farmers by connecting them directly with mindful consumers, and their organizations. In order to bringing the food economy home, a special role is perceived for social enterprises who help facilitate building partnerships based on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS). This effort revitalizes the grassroots origin of IFOAM which was founded in 1972 in Versailles, France, at the initiative of Nature et Progrès, the organization that at that time already promoted and practiced “PGS”, and does so until today.
Over the years IFOAM facilitated a remarkable growth of the organic food market all over the world. But this growth tends to be based on high-end markets and exports, marked by a price difference with industrial agri-business products that discourages many ordinary consumers.
Participatory Guarantee Systems place the responsibility for quality support and control in the common hands of the diversity of stakeholders involved, in contrast to “third party” certification systems, which incur high costs that cannot be met by small-scale farmers.
La Via Campesina, the International Peasants Movement, with millions of member-farmers all over the world, will participate in the meeting in order to join hands with the major organizations in the field of partnership building towards “alternative markets” that aim to constitute a new economy based on food security, food sovereignty, and sustainable development.
ORGANIZERS AND SPONSORS
School for Wellbeing Studies and Research
Towards Organic Asia Alliance
IFOAM - International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement
URGENCI - The International Network of Community Supported Agriculture
CCFD – Terre Solidaire
Thailand’s Organic Agriculture Innovation Network
Chula Global Network, Chulalongkorn University
HOW TO REGISTER?
The registration for this forum is free of charge. Please fill in the registration form (available at the end of page) and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome Dinner with IFOAM PGS Committee, URGENCI the global network of community supported agriculture (CSA) initiatives, La Via Campesina, Towards Organic Asia (TOA), partner organizations and International Forum participants. Registration, introductions and preview of the forum.
Wednesday 8 May
09.00-12.30: “URGENCI, La Via Campesina and Towards Organic Asia: our aims, vision, strategies and common ground”
SASA International House, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Meeting with representatives from international alternative movements for agro-ecology; URGENCI, La Via Campesina and TOA to exchange on the future prospect for connecting local actions for global changes.
13.30-17.00: Shaping CSA Initiatives – Experiences from Japan, India and Thailand
SASA International House, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Shaping Community Supported Agricultur initiatives in your own cultural context. With Joy Daniel, the new URGENCI Asia network, Etona Orito, Teikei Japan, Jane and Payong Srithong, CSA Bangkok and partners.
Thursday 9 May
09.00-12.30: “How alternative food movement can help shaping the future of agriculture and local food sovereignty?”
SASA international House, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Joint exchange and planning meeting with all partners and the global Committee on Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Network. Report and discussion on the previous 2-day meeting of the committee at Chulalongkorn University.
13.30-16.00: “Community organic” and PGS practices in four regions of Thailand: Experience and lesson-learned
SASA International House, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Representative practitioners from the four region of Thailand shares their experience and lesson-learned on PGS in local contexts.
17.00-20.00: “IFOAM, URGENCI, Towards Organic Asia and La Via Campesina First Encounter in Thailand: New dynamic of alternative food movement towards local food sovereignty
Chula Narumit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Joint meeting and statements on the future of “agroecology” by partner organizations: IFOAM PGS Committee, URGENCI Asia, La Via Campesina, TOA, Asia Today and others. Exchanges with the media and dinner.
SYMPOSIUM: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
Organic Symposium 2013:
INNOVATING ALTERNATIVE MARKETS TOWARDS FOOD SECURITY AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
Day 1 – Friday 10 May 09.00-17.00 hours, hosted by Ministry of Commerce. Morning in Thai with translation in English; Afternoon workshops in Thai.
Day 2 – Saturday 11 May 09.00-18.00 hours hosted by Green Market Network and Towards Organic Asia programme. In English with Thai translation; World Café with Thai language groups.
Andre Leu, Australia, President IFOAM: Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS): maintaining quality of life together
Pablo Solón, Bolivia/Thailand, former UN Ambassador to the UN, Executive Director of Focus on the Global South: The global small-scale farmers’ movement towards the Rights of Nature and a “New Economy”
Global and Thai representatives of small-scale farmers’ and consumers’ networks innovating alternative markets: Etona Orito, Japan; Joy Daniel, India; Shi Yan, China; Wallapa van Willenswaard, Thailand; Mathew John, India; Chris May, New Zealand; Eva Torremocha, Spain; Janet Villanueva, Peru; Comchuan Boonrahong, Thailand; Pham Minh Doc, Vietnam; Flávia Castro, Brazil, Coordinator IFOAM PGS Committee;
La Via Campesina delegation including from Indonesia, Japan, Thailand.
World Café-style discussion: “Multi-stakeholder cooperation for quality support: how can we make it work?”
POST-SYMPOSIUM EVENT: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
Sunday 12 May
14.00-16.00: Thai Assembly Green Market Network
Exchange and discussion on how to move forward the “green market” movement in Thailand?
ORGANIC EXHIBITION: Queen Sirikit National Convention Center
9 - 12 May:
Green Fair 6 “Community Organic” Exhibition
Venue: Hall A, Ballroom and outdoor zone
Organic and Natural Expo 2013
Venue: Plenary Hall
KEY SPEAKERS AND RESOURCE PERSONS
Andre Leu, Australia. (IFOAM)
Andre is the current President of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). He has over 36 years of experience in all areas of organic agriculture from growing, pest control, weed management, marketing, post harvest, transport, grower organizations, developing new crops and education in Australia and in many other countries. He supports strengthening the Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) approach in order to include small-scale farmers in the organic and agro-ecology movements.
Pablo Solón, Bolivia/Thailand. (Focus on the Global South)
Pablo is the new Executive Director of Focus on the Global South, an international NGO with offices in Thailand, Philippines and India. Pablo was the former Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations. As ambassador to the UN, he became known as a tireless advocate for the rights of Nature; he delivered the now famous speech explaining why Bolivia chose to “stand alone” by not signing the Cancun climate agreement in 2010.Pablo is a social activist involved in indigenous “buen vivir” movements, workers’ unions, student associations, human rights and cultural organizations in his native Bolivia. He created Climate Space at the World Social Forum.
Eva Torremocha, Spain. (IFOAM)
Eva works as an independent consultant and PhD researcher to provide support to different emerging PGS initiatives in Spain and neighboring countries. Eva also maintains strong linkages with the French PGS Nature & Progrès. Eva manages a small subsistence organic farm in Andalusia, Spain. She is a member of the World Board of IFOAM.
Chris May,New Zealand.(IFOAM)
Chris is an organic horticulturist and managing director of Bioglobal Consultancy. In 2001-2003, Bioglobal developed “Organic Farm New Zealand”, the national PGS system in New Zealand. Chris is still involved in OFNZ as a certification manager. Chris is also a PGS trainer for IFOAM with experience in Africa, India, South-Asia and the Pacific.
Alice Varon, USA. (IFOAM)
Alice has been involved with PGS since 2006 when she became executive director of Certified Naturally Grown (CNG). Alice’s background in grassroots organizations has helped her to expand CNG’s membership and operations. In 2010, CNG launched an apiary certification program.
Mathew has worked with the Keystone Foundation in India for the past decade. Keystone has been working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) over the last 17 years (since 1985) with indigenous communities on eco-development initiatives. Mathew is a member of the PGS Organic India Council, which he helped to set-up in 2006. At present he is the only member of the IFOAM World Board from Asia.
Janet Villanueva, Peru. (IFOAM)
Janet is PGS advisor of the National Association of Ecological producers in Peru (ANPE) and is a member of the Peruvian national PGS. Janet has been involved in the development of ANPE’s PGS from the start (2005).
Marc Lewis, South Africa. (IFOAM)
Marc has been practically and academically involved in smallholder ‘natural’ and organic farming for the past seven years. He is currently working as a PGS consultant for the Bryanston Natural and Organic Market in Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition, he is completing his MPhil degree on urban and peri-urban agriculture.
Joy Daniel, India. (URGENCI)
Joy is theExecutive Director at IIRD - the Institute for Integrated Rural Development. Since 1987, IIRD has been exploring into the area of "self-reliant" development through people’s initiatives focusing on organic agriculture, alternative marketing, appropriate housing, micro-enterprise development, community- based health, environmental education and women’s development in the region of Marathwada in Maharashtra. Joy studied at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, and was a Knowledge Management Advisor of UNDP. He is Asia Coordinator of URGENCI, the global network of CSA initiatives.
Etona Orito, Japan. (URGENCI)
Etona Orito is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Tokyo, majoring in Environmental Ethics and Agricultural Philosophy. Her research field is the Japanese organic movement, with an interest in the history of Teikei as well as the system and the relationship between producers and consumers. She also has experience engaging in her own organic farming for a while after taking one year of training at the Shimosato Farm in Saitama prefecture in Japan in 2003 which is one of the leading Teikei organizing farms. Teikei is a pioneering member of URGENCI.
Shi Yan and Cheng Cunwang (China) Little Donkey Farm, URGENCI
They founded “Little Donkey”, the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Beijing in 2008. The Farm is based on collaboration between Beijing’s Haidian District’s Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, Renmin University’s School of Agricultural Economics and the Rural Reconstruction Department. Part of Little Donkey’s mission is to include agriculture in the tertiary industry of culture and heritage through mobilizing not just farmers, but citizens, NGOs, and governments to join the sustainable agricultural movement. Little Donkey also seeks to use international experience to build “civic agriculture” and cooperative sustainable agriculture.
GLOBAL NETWORKS REPRESENTED AT THE FORUM
IFOAM is the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic movement, uniting more than 750 member organizations in 116 countries. IFOAM’s mission is leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity, and its goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sounds systems that are based on the principles of Organic Agriculture. In 2012, IFOAM established its PGS Committee to assists the development of PGS and provides IFOAM with advice on how to develop, facilitate and encourage PGS around the world. IFOAM’s PGS Committee is currently consisting of 6 members.
URGENCI is the international network of Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA). The network is involved in a broad series of activities with other civil society partners with whom we share the ambition of achieving local food sovereignty, preserving cultivated biodiversity and working effectively to overcome hunger and malnutrition, by mobilising grassroots actors. URGENCI aims to develop overall coherence at and between local, regional, national and global levels of projects to emphasize the relevant contribution of Community Supported Agriculture to a sustainable and inclusive world.
TOWARDS ORGANIC ASIA (TOA) Alliance brings together: 24 pioneering partner organizations from the Mekong region & Bhutan. The alliance emerged from a meeting at Ashram Wongsanit, Thailand, in 2011. After an initial two years of activities, including a Young Organic Farmers’ gathering at the PADETC Thateng Organic Farm, Paksé, PDR Laos, a Steering Committee was formed to coordinate growing participation. This committee will meet for the first time during the International Forum on Innovating Alternative Markets.
LA VIA CAMPESINA is the international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature. La Via Campesina comprises about 150 local and national organizations in 70 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether, it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any political, economic or other type of affiliation.