International Ecological Agricultural Network
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CTA. 1994. International Ecological Agricultural Network. Spore 54. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The International Ecological Agricultural Network (IEAN) aims to promote environmentally sound farming practices and to bring sustainable agriculture into the mainstream. Although JEAN do not totally disregard the use of pesticides, they are seen...
The International Ecological Agricultural Network (IEAN) aims to promote environmentally sound farming practices and to bring sustainable agriculture into the mainstream. Although JEAN do not totally disregard the use of pesticides, they are seen only as a last resort and other means of control are emphasised as a priority. JEAN was established in November 1992 in response to the deliberations during the UNCED process: NGOs and researchers identified the need for an international network to support and help coordinate existing efforts to make them more effective. JEAN's role, therefore, is to enhance the work of existing organizations, to fill the gaps and to facilitate a flow of information to and from the grassroots. JEAN aims to provide a forum for a diversity of organizations, 'farmers' associations, NGOs, indigenous groups, researchers, intergovernmental organizations and international research institutions etc. - all organizations interested in developing, promoting or simply gaining expertise in sustainable agriculture and in mobilising the resources to achieve it. JEAN also actively seeks to involve women's organizations, aiming to achieve a gender balance in their operations, while also supporting the role of women in agriculture. JEAN have circulated a consultation paper and questionnaire to stimulate feedback. As a result JEAN have been able to get a good picture of the priority needs for the different regions. In response to this information they aim to develop programmes to help meet these needs. This consultation process has been coordinated through regional 'catalysts'. These regional catalysts are representatives of existing networks and organizations based in Senegal, Botswana, Kenya, the Philippines, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Mexico and Poland. By working through existing organizations JEAN have ensured their support as active partners in the move towards sustainable agriculture and the generation of sustainable agricultural development programmes.