Join Forces to boost livelihoods of organic smallholders in the Philippines

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Joined forces to boost livelihoods of organic smallholders in the Philippines Goesean county, South Korea, 19. September 2019 – Today the League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities and Cities of the Philippines (LOAMC-PH) units about 140 municipalities/cities with the strong commitment to support the development of organic farming at local level. Its vision is to “Eliminate Hunger, Poverty and Sickness of the Citizens in the Philippines through Sustainable Organic Agriculture Investment Master Plans in Family Farms and Municipalities and Cities and mobilization of societal key stakeholders from Governments, Business and Civil Society Organizations” and Naturland is one of the major international associations for organic agriculture worldwide. Along with 65,000 farmers, beekeepers, fish farmers and fishers in 58 countries throughout the world. Naturland pioneers the development of organic, social and fair food chains worldwide. Naturland gives thousands of local producers a voice at international level in a globalized world. Signed a cooperation agreement during a ceremony at the International Summit on Agricultural Policy organized by IFOAM Asia. The cooperation agreement set out a concrete cooperation frame to support the development of organic farming and smallholders throughout the Philippines. “We are very glad about joining forces with Naturland as they are a true pioneer and one of the largest organic farmer association worldwide”, says Arnado Rommel, President of LOAMC-PH”. We look forward to strengthen ties between both organizations and benefit from their long experience in organic technical knowledge, smallholder certification systems and organic value chain development”. “Together, we seek to improve livelihoods of many organic smallholders in the Philippines helping them to get out of poverty and hunger. Naturland is proud to be a cooperation partner of the organic municipalities and cities in the Philippines and to contribute developing organic farming wherever we can”, added Marco Schlüter, International Development Manager of Naturland. The cooperation agreement outlines the commitment of both partners to work together to develop organic food and farming in the Philippines, implement common projects, training and market development. Ends

For more information please contact:

LOAMCP: Hon. Rommel C. Arnado loamphilippines@gmail.com

Phone: +63 (0)917-314-7836

facebook: Loamcp Phils/www.loamc-ph.org

Naturland: Bärbel Sagi, Public Relations International b.sagi@naturland.de,

Phone: +49 (0)89 898082-30

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