IAASTD Rio+20 is a worldwide initiative co-launched by the Millennium Institute and the Biovision Foundation, together with a coalition of some 170 NGOs. Designed to strengthen the implementation of sustainable agriculture, based on IAASTD findings, it has already received support from the Swiss government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The aim of IAASTD Rio+20 is to have U.N. member nations gathered at the Earth Summit 2012 in Rio, next June 20-22, commit to implement the policy recommendations of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD).

An initiative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (F.A.O.) and the World Bank, the IAASTD Global Report was endorsed by the governments of 59 countries in 2008. Its stated mission was to assess the situation of agriculture worldwide, draw conclusions, and formulate recommendations for the future. Its main assertion is that “business as usual is not an option.” Its recommendations are designed to implement sustainable farming practices such as agroecology and organic agriculture worldwide.

Even though some actors have been working relentlessly over the last couple of years towards the implementation of the IAASTD Report’s findings by the signatory governments, no significant policy change has been adopted thus far in any of the countries that approved the report.

The Earth Summit 2012 (United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or “Rio+20”) provides the perfect opportunity to bring the sustainable agriculture agenda to the forefront of the public debate, and to educate consumers, activists, influencers and decision-makers about the critical need to pressure governments who will gather in Rio to commit to putting the report’s “options for action” into action.

Click here to see who’s joined the IAASTD Rio+20 coalition so far.

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