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Organic farming and climate change


Matthias Stolze
(Dr. sc. agr.)

Department of Socio-Economic Sciences
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Media release December 16, 2009

Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change established

Climate change directly influences food production and food security. To address these new challenges, the Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change has been established on December 16, 2009, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.


(Frick/Copenhagen, December 16, 2009, RTOACC media release) ”Organic agriculture has a strong potential for mitigating climate change by sequestering carbon in the soils at high rates and by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases due to avoidance of synthetic fertilizers and optimal use of organic material, ” said Urs Niggli, Director of FiBL and member of the Round Table.
The Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC) is a multi-stakeholder initiative with eight founding members. It brings together stakeholders and partners along the organic food production chain.  The principal objectives of the round table are

  • Initiate, support and facilitate research on organic agriculture and climate change,
  • Advise the international community on organic agriculture and climate change issues,
  • Develop a measurement method to enable reliable quantification and certification of carbon sequestration in organic agriculture.

To achieve these goals, the members agreed on an action plan for the years 2010 and 2011. The main activity in 2010 will be the development of a methodology for the carbon market that will comply with general development goals such as the benefits for smallholders in developing countries. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL coordinates these activities.
Antonio Compagnoni of ICEA agrees that the round table is a kick-off for putting organic agriculture on the agenda of the negotiations on a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol and that it is an effort by the global organic community to make organic agriculture the leading system of sustainable agriculture.

Further information

The members of the Round Table: Contacts

Further information

  • Dr. Matthias Stolze
    Chair of RTOACC, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Ackerstrasse, 5070 Frick, Switzerland
    Tel. +41 (0)62 865-7255, Mobile + 49 (0)179 2094185

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