international federation of organic agriculture movements
Organic Agriculture and Rural Development
Rural development aims to improve the quality of life of ruralcommunities, by satisfying their socio-economic and culturalaspirations and strengthening their social organization, whileprotecting natural resources.Organic Agriculture, thanks to its holistic approach, contributesto rural development in the following ways:
It puts the farmer at the center of thefarming strategy restoring a decision-making role to localcommunities, guaranteeing their right to control their ownresources and engaging their active participation in a value-added food chain.
Creates a vibrant economic space.
Reduced mechanization andavoiding use of agrochemicals create employment and increasereturns to labor. Diversified production of quality productsdecreases the impacts of crop failures and increases marketingopportunities. Income and food security is achieved throughdiversity.
Maintains a healthy environment
. Through its ecologicalapproach, it maintains the integrity of the ecosystem and theproductivity of natural resources. It preserves natural landscapesand wild species, restores life to soils and maintains agro-biodiversity by using and developing local seeds. In reducing theuse of chemical inputs, organic agriculture provides a healthierworking environment to farmers.
Builds the social capital of rural areas.
Being knowledge-intensive, rather than capital and resource-intensive, it utilizestraditional knowledge and promotes farmer-to-farmer exchange.It provides tools for inspection and control, like Internal Controland Participatory Guarantee Systems that strengthen socialorganization and empower rural communities.
Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils,ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cyclesadapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects.Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit theshared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.