Last month, COP27 ended with an agreement for a “Loss and Damage” fund without any plans or consensus to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In other words, this means very little progress on climate action and achieving net-zero emissions which has been urged by the UNFCCC to avoid the catastrophic tipping points of a +1.5C warmer planet.
Despite these circumstances, Regeneration International sent a small and dedicated delegation to #COP27, where it joined forces with friends and partners such as AFSA, @IPES-Food, @IFOAM - Organics International, @sekeminitiative, @ONAMIAP and the @4p1000 Initiative to advocate for and present concrete examples of how agroecology, regenerative agriculture and indigenous agrobiodiversity (preserving traditional seeds) can reverse global warming and nourish communities.
The management of soils, their organic matter, and their capacity to build back ecological stability, including sequestering carbon, must be in every negotiation and commitment as it is the best hope we have for a livable planet.
Women Voices from Global South Discussing Food Sovereignty and Climate Change at COP27
During COP27, a group of women from Abya Yala raised their firm and deep voices to speak up about food sovereignty in regions that are so different and yet alike as America and Africa. The talk was organized by Regeneration International and OMANIAP.
At the Green area of the climate summit in the Tutankhamun auditory, the powerful female voices pondered about the impact of climate change in the lives of women and their communities, the consequences for food sovereignty and the importance of ancestral science and knowledge, demanding public policies to guarantee their rights, territories, water, biodiversity, seeds and preserve their traditional foods.
Mercedes López, Vía Organica’s Director in Mexico City, started the discussion in the panel speaking about the need for communities to choose the concept of food sovereignty over food security (used by FAO). Food sovereignty is more comprehensive and prioritizes food, ancestral seeds, territories, and water for the people. It is the people who have the option to choose healthy, local and nutritious food and the right to protect themselves from poor quality agricultural imports foreign to their traditional diet. López insisted on the importance of the participation of communities in agricultural policy; prioritizing and acknowledging farmers’ voices.
Our team also had the chance to interview some important figures in our movement, you can watch them by clicking on the links below.
Interview with Karen Mapusua, President of IFOAM Organics International at COP27
Meet our dear friend Karen Mapusua, President of IFOAM - Organics International, promoting agroecology and regenerative organic food systems
Interview with AFSA's Bridget Mugambe at COP27
RI’s Africa Coordinator Precious Phiri and Bridget Mugambe of AFSA (Alliance of Food Sovereignty in Africa) and gain insight into Africa's most prominent civil society and their actions to regenerate the climate emergency through agroecology.
Interview with Uganda Parliament Member Kayaa Christine Nakimwero at COP27
Watch our interview with Kayaa Christine Nakimwero, a member of Parliament in Uganda who is campaigning for seed sovereignty to ensure climate resiliency and food security in Africa.
Regeneration International, in conjunction with our partners, held a world wide “People’s Food Summit” again this year.
This year’s virtual summit started in Oceania and moved westwards through the time zones of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Each region was self-organized, and they selected discussion themes and issues according to regional priorities.
RI worked organized the event in conjunction with many partners partners — Organic Consumers Association, The Global Alliance for Organic Districts, IFOAM Asia, Navdanya, the International Network of Eco Regions, Savory Hub Africa, Via Organica, AFSA, The League of Organic Municipalities and Cities and BERAS.
Recently there have been a series of articles stating that Sri Lanka’s economic chaos was caused by the government forcing the country to go organic.
Over the past 30 years OCA and our allies across the world have fought hard against gene-spliced GMO foods and crops and the toxic pesticides and chemicals that always accompany them, exposing their dangers, limiting their market share, and in some countries bringing about mandatory bans (Mexico) and/or labeling and safety-testing (USA and Europe).
Manjimup Farmer Jake Ryan Recognised at Australian Farmer of the Year Awards
Jake Ryan sums up his approach to farming in a couple of sentences as he looks over a crop of cabbage on his family farm in Manjimup.
“The environment probably isn’t in the best shape right now,” Mr Ryan, 27, said.
“What we’re trying to do is show that you can farm in a way that’s going to improve that ecosystem and, I suppose, the natural environment.”
He was one of the first growers in WA to adopt several regenerative practices, including strip tillage, diverse pasture species mixes and strip grazing.
For example, he said there were between six and eight types of seeds in his multi-species mixes, which were planted at different times of the year to keep the ground covered and improve soil health.
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