JOIN US AT THE INOFO GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN ISTANBUL!
The INOFO General Assembly (GA) is held on 12 October 2014 at the Yeditepe University in Istanbul from 08:30 – 18:30 as part of the pre-conference events of the Organic World Congress 2014. Apart from the election of the new Convenors Council, working groups will be formed and the INOFO organisational agenda 2014 - 2017 will be proposed.
Any farmer delegate can join the INOFO GA! No online registration is needed. Your registration will be carried out on October 12 in the morning.
If you wish to vote and speak at the INOFO GA, please ask your own farmers organisation to print and fill in the Delegate’s Mandate and bring it with you on 12 October.
If you wish to stand for election to the Convenors Council, please ask your own farmers organisation to print and fill in the Delegate’s Mandate as well as the Convenors Mandate, indicating which other OFOs in your region have consented to the convenorship function. Please bring both documents with you on 12 October.
Any Organic Farmers Organisation that is not sending a delegate can issue its mandate directly to another organisation whose delegate is attending the INOFO GA. You may also do this indirectly via INOFO secretary Anton Pinschof (apinschof [at] fnab [dot] org), mandating "the bearer".
For more details, please have a look at the INOFO GA Agenda:
Please contact us under info [at] inofo [dot] ifoam [dot] org, with copy to the INOFO secretary apinschof [at] fnab [dot] org should you have any questions.
INOFO is an autonomous self-organised structure within IFOAM, intending to set up minimal infrastructure that belongs specifically to Organic farmers organisations, that can facilitate a relationship allowing them to consult, cooperate and, eventually, to speak with a legitimate common voice on matters of common concern.
IFOAM is currently implementing a project to strengthen INOFO and to define and manifest farmers’ strategic priorities, contributing to the empowerment of organic smallholding family famers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
- The organisations establish their own network of Convenors and Deputy Convenors from the grass roots upwards, that is, mandated by the full consent of existing organisations in each Convenorship.
- Convenors facilitate a relationship, specifically between Organic farmers organisations within each continent in the first instance.
- Each organisation mandates a farmer and a staff member to be commonly responsible for external relations, thus relating to the network via the Convenors mandated by the farmers organisations in each country.
Having identified all organisations and understood their exact nature and activities, the Convenors will be informed of what is wanted on the agenda, can circulate reports, statements and proceedings and can facilitate internal and external consultations. Each Convenorship organises its own translation services where necessary.
Thus, the Organic farmers organisations can be clearly represented within IFOAM and beyond, and can cooperate in pursuing their common objectives as they relate to food sovereignty in general and, in particular, to public policy and land rights, climatic adaptation, production standards and guarantee systems, marketing and pricing negotiations, participatory research, technical exchanges, education and other farmers concerns.
Each Convenor (with a Deputy from another farmers organisation) facilitates occasional or annual consultations at national or regional level, as well as helping organise the inter-continental assembly every three years. The 2011 INOFO Assembly in Korea brought together delegates and convenors from fifty organisations in 27 countries, representing about half a million farming families. The Assembly set the organisational and thematic Agenda and elected an inter-continental executive for the following 3-year period.
The following Convenorships have been or are being established. Farmers organisations are invited to mandate a person to keep in contact with the nearest Convenor, whose name and address will be known among organisations that have consented to the mandates Africa, Europe, Asia/Australia/New Zealand/Pacific and America.
Enquiries can be sent to Anton Pinschof from FNAB, France, Executive Secretary of INOFO Council of Convenors under apinschof [at] fnab [dot] org or to the INOFO team under info [at] inofo [dot] ifoam [dot] org.
INOFO delegates at the Food Sovereignty Forum, parallel to FAO Food Security Summit Rome, 13 - 17 November 2009
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