Give Farmers A Voice
Policies and laws about environmental conservation and rural development are often made without the input of farming communities, especially from women, indigenous peoples and other marginalized groups. Decisions are usually made in capital cities or at international negotiations, far from where farmers live, by people with a limited understanding of farmers’ needs and potentials. When farmers’ interests are not taken into account these policies often fail, not only for farmers but also for everyone else.
Ecoagriculture Partners helps local groups to stay informed about important negotiations affecting ecoagriculture, develop the skills for effective advocacy, and mobilize financial support to cover their travel costs. Your gift will enable a community leader to attend an Ecoagriculture Leadership Course; coach local leaders on how to advocate and negotiate on behalf of their communities; and bring a farmer delegate to an important national or international negotiation about agricultural policy or environmental conservation.