The Organic World Congress -- being organized by India's Organic Farming Association in New Delhi this year from 9-11 November (2017) -- will be the largest such gathering ever held anywhere of organic farmers from across the world.
A total of 3,000 organic farmers from all continents will migrate to New Delhi to form a critical mass and share their techniques of raising food and crops without damaging soils and without ruining people's health. These farmers have chosen to produce safe food, i.e., food grown without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. They want to show the rest of the world how. And they want to be heard by governments everywhere.
Most of the remarkable innovations these farmers have evolved deal with ways of restoring soil health -- largely by bringing life back to soils through a host of self-generated microbial nutrients. But others deal with benign ways of controlling insect populations, reducing use of irrigation water for crops, and harvesting bio-diverse crops in the same field at different times.
At the Congress, additionally, seed keepers from across India, Africa, Latin America, China and Europe – largely women, who proudly conserve a huge variety of the seeds they use in their communities – will engage with each other, to network an international alliance to conserve, protect and multiply organic and heirloom seeds in the face of huge corporate monopolies that are threatening to take control of the planet's food systems. The Organic World Congress is a way to make sure that the food on your plate is healthy, nutritious and grown by economically stable farmers. The food on our plate should not come at the cost of the farmer’s financial self-sufficiency.
The farmers attending the Organic World Congress represent the leading organic farming communities of the world, drawn from across continents to reflect the variety of climates, geographies and growing practices from around the world. These farmers are, at their own cost and risk, integrating traditional techniques of farming with their own insights to develop unique and ecologically regenerative ways to nourish soils, plants and us. Their work is our hope for a green agriculture in the years and decades to come. They have been selected to speak at the Congress by a 12-member peer review group of the most experienced organic farmers.
However, many of these organic farming pioneers are finding it difficult to attend the November Congress without financial assistance. For farmers outside India, the cost of travel, accommodation and registration charges (though the latter are being subsidized as much as possible) is still high and mostly unaffordable. Unlike other sections of the agricultural fraternity, the farmers who grow our food are themselves unable to garner the financial resources needed. And without their presence, the Congress would not have the impact it needs to have.
This is where you come in. If you recognise the significance of this mammoth encounter and exchange, we are confident you will go out of your way to support farmer participation.
The Organic Farming Association -- a not-for-profit body as well as the India host of the Congress – is launching this crowd funding appeal to help cover the expenses relating to the participation of these farmers which is estimated at around $50,000. That is the target we hope to raise from individuals, philanthropic trusts and societies, companies, small businessmen, consumer societies, and people who want farmers to produce safe and nutritious food (no longer available as a rule) for the people of the world.
All money collected through this crowd funding appeal will be used exclusively for the travel, accommodation and registration requirements of individual organic farmers who need it, and will not go towards any organizational or infrastructural expenditure of the Congress or to salaries of staff or any other Congress expense.
Your support will assist these farmers to travel to New Delhi and plug their knowledge and expertise into the ever expanding sea of good practice techniques involved in the production of safe and nutritious food. But everything does not end there.
The Association will create a permanent archive or manual of the organic farming techniques being shared at the Congress. After the event ends, this archive will go on the Net, to be of benefit to any person in future wanting to raise food in fields, parks, gardens, anywhere, always in tune with natural principles, and without chemicals, without poisons, and without GMOs. So you will be contributing to that permanent asset as well. For anyone who wants to go organic henceforth, the archive will provide the necessary inputs and contacts to make that dream a concrete reality.
Please help us make this happen! You are not the only one who will feel good by making this contribution to the fund; the earth will feel better as well!