February 6th, 2020, Rome Italy: ALGOA, led by its President, Mayor Lee Cha Young of Goesan County, South Korea and INNER, the International Network for Eco Regions signed a Memorandum of Agreement to facilitate the sharing of the experience from processes, examples and knowledge from the work done by both parties and Invite other local governments of the world to form an example of a dynamic global organic food system.
The Asian Local Governments for Organic Agriculture (ALGOA) is an integrated body of IFOAM Asia ) and was established in September 2015 to promote a model of public and private partnership and a model of bottoms up approach of policy planning from local to national policy development for the promotion of organic agriculture.
The International Network of Eco Regions “IN.N.E.R.” was officially established as International Association the 14th of December 2014 in Italy, where the Cilento eco-region model was implemented in 2004 and successively disseminated worldwide. At present about 40 bio-
districts/eco-regions are operating in Italy. Other countries where the eco-regions have been implemented are: Portugal, France, Austria, Switzerland, Spain. Eco-Regions acts based on the principles of organic agriculture of health, ecology, fairness and care and are applying a food system approach facilitating interactions between all actors.
The MOA was fully supported by IFOAM-Organics International, IFOAM Asia, IFOAM EU, Mouans-Sartoux/Un Plus Bio, Baltic Foundation of Lithuania and Organic Food System Programme.