The “Haus der Bauern” foundation in Schwäbisch Hall supports freedom, cultural self-determination and social fairness for the agricultural and rural population in the Hohenlohe region, in Europe and beyond. It is modelled on Albert Schweitzer’s ethic: respect for life.
Agriculture by small farmers is an essential contribution to the production of food, the fight against hunger and poverty worldwide and the preservation of natural resources and living conditions. Nevertheless, small farmers are hardly represented in the societies of this earth; they are always among the poorest segments of the population. There is a lack of programs and measures to support rural development, to protect the rights and the indigenous knowledge of the native farming population.
The small farmers and the rural residents belong to the social group that is most affected by the effects of globalisation. Agricultural land, seeds and indigenous knowledge are increasingly being taken over and capitalised by the multinational corporations and are therefore being taken away from the rural societies.
Although 70 percent of the food worldwide is produced by small farmers, they have only 30 percent of the arable land. Since small farmers also use primarily organic farming methods for the regional supply of food, they contribute to the efficient use of resources and integrity of creation.
Together with other organisations and representatives, the “Haus der Bauern” foundation stands for the economical, social and cultural rights and needs of the rural population and small farmers.
Your Rudolf Bühler
Founder & Chairman
Mittwoch, 11.03.2020 bis Freitag, 13.03.2020
Localizing SDGs –Creating a Network of Sustainable Development Goal Regions
The World Organic Forum 2020 focuses on the local implementation of Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a just and sustainable world. Thematically, the focus is on the SDG goals "Eradication of poverty" (SDG1), "Food security" (SDG2), "Sustainable consumption and production" (SDG12) and "Climate protection measures" (SDG13).
How can these goals be successfully implemented in rural regions through a bottom-up movement? Which building blocks do the SDGs offer for regional planning? These and other questions will be discussed with representatives from politics, research, business, and civil society from countries of the North and the South. Together, we want to learn about examples that show how regions are moving towards local implementation of SDGs and how the local and global levels are interlinked in rural areas. The conference will provide space to get to know lighthouse projects and to develop and discuss quality criteria for "SDG model regions".
The World Organic Forum 2020 is the starting signal for new cooperations to promote the regional implementation of SDGs and their exchange worldwide. The aim is to establish an international network of SDG regions. A broad number of regional initiatives from Germany and abroad will participate. The opening speech will be held by the honorary president of the Club of Rome, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker, other prominent speakers such as Dr. Hans Herren, lead author of the World Agriculture Report, President Millennium Institute, Washington; Founder and President Biovision Foundation, Zurich, José Graziano da Silva, Former director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Prof. Dr. Antonio Andrioli, vice-president Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul, Brasil; Prof. Dr. Franz-Theo Gottwald, member of the supervisory board oft he World Future Council Louise Luttikholt, Executive Director IFOAM - Organics International and Maria Heubuch, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, former Member of the European Parliament, will contribute important impulses.
The partner of the conference is IFOAM Organics