To contribute to urgently needed large scale adoption of sustainable agricultural practice, Avalon focuses on the following activities:
- Advising in the development of agro-environmental policy programmes, organic production and market & chain development.
- Forming strategic partnerships to strengthen the international lobby for sustainable agricultural practice.
- Bringing together farmers, government institutions, NGO's, research institutes and businesses in the field of organic agriculture, biodiversity, agri-environment and sustainable rural development through the Avalon Network.
Growing sustainable initiatives in healthy soil
Agriculture is one of the most vital pillars of sustainable development. Without more environmentally acceptable forms of agriculture it is unlikely that worldwide sustainable development will be possible at all.
Agriculture is unique in many aspects. It is a multiple objective activity, producing much more than just food, feeds and raw material for industry. By providing employment and income, agriculture remains the social and economic foundation of many rural communities.
More than just food
Based on natural resources and dependent to a large extent on natural processes, agriculture connects people with the land, plants and animals. Agriculture has a profound, both positive and negative, impact on the countryside, ecosystems and the environment. It results in landscapes, biodiversity, water, soil and air of varying quality. However, contrary to most other economic sectors, agriculture is both the source and victim of pollution and environmental degradation.