North Dakota Farmers Union President Robert Carlson has been elected to lead the World Farmers Organization (WFO) at the first international general assembly held in Stellenbosch, South Africa on Sept. 12-13, 2011. The organization represents the united voice of world farmers and cooperatives.
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The new WFO represents a very diverse group of farmers in geography, types of farming practices and access to technology. Carlson explained, “Farmers are diverse but whenever farmers get together, they have something in common. No matter where they come from, they all have the same fundamental goals: to make a profit on their farms and to improve the future for their family. If a farmer is profitable, then the community can improve, and this can lift up economies around the globe. Farming is the most important job in the world.”
In the wake of global food security concerns, National Farmers Union joined more than 50 agricultural groups and cooperative organizations from across the world to create the World Farmers Organization (WFO) earlier this year. The organization’s purpose is to bring farmers and cooperatives together to exchange ideas and find solutions to global food security issues.
“We need an international farm organization to lift the power of farmers in the food chain. We buy our farm inputs from international companies and we sell our crops and livestock in an international marketplace. We need to raise our profile in that chain from farm supply to production to retail sales of food. If we don’t take our rightful place, someone else will take it from us. So, we need to work together whenever and wherever we can, and we need to understand and respect each others’ cultures and needs.”
The mission of the World Farmers’ Organization is to bring together national agricultural producer organizations and agricultural producer cooperative organizations to create policies and advocate on world farmers’ behalf, in order to improve the economic situation and livelihood of producers, their families and rural communities.
2014 NFU Convention
"Spicing Up Family Agriculture"
March 8-11, 2014
Santa Fe, N.M.
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