V Latin American and Caribbean Meeting of producers, experimenters and researchers in organic agriculture and the V Fair of the Latin American and Caribbean Organic Producer
September 5-9, 2010 Campus of the National Agrarian University La Molina Lima, Peru
The International and National Organizing Committees announce the V Latin American and Caribbean Meeting of producers, experimenters and researchers in organic agriculture and the V Fair of the Latin American and Caribbean Organic Producer. In the International Year of Biodiversity, the event this year is dedicated to enhance the contribution that ecological agriculture delivers to climate change mitigation and adaptation, for promotion of agricultural biodiversity, improved water and soil management and, in general, for food sovereignty, rural development and living rural areas.
The meeting and fair is intended to be a space for dissemination, reflection and exchange among the diverse stakeholders of the organic food chain, highlighting the on-field trials carried out by farmers’ families, their organizations as well as the results and actions carried out by research centers, companies and several institutions either public or private. It is also meant to connect Latin American and Caribbean stakeholders with the last developments in ecological agriculture practice and promotion in Peru among which are gastronomy linked to organic smallholders’ organizations, participatory guarantee systems and local fairs, as well as use and conservation of genetic resources.
The Agroecological Consortium of Peru has created the national organizing commission headed by the National Association of Ecological Producers (ANPE), where also participates the Peruvian Government represented by the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment as well as the National Agrarian University La Molina UNALM.
The V Meeting and V Fair will be carried out in previous days of the Gastronomic Fair of Latin America, Mistura Fair, expecting to celebrate the alliance among small farmers and cooks.
The Meetings and Fairs have their origin in year 2003, with the organization of the Central American Meeting in Costa Rica. After that, similar events were held in Cuba (2004) and Mexico (2005). The first Latin American meeting was held in Nicaragua (2006), followed by Guatemala (2007), Bolivia (2008) and El Salvador (2009), having being involved several organizations from Latin America and Europe (Switzerland).