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NFU joins new World Farmers Organization

The National Farmers Union has joined more than 50 agricultural groups and cooperative organizations from across the world to create the World Farmers Organization (WFO), NFU President Roger Johnson announced today.

The organization’s purpose is to bring farmers and cooperatives together to exchange ideas and find solutions to global food security issues, and it will also work on environmental, trade, and education and research issues, Johnson said. WFO will be headquartered in Rome, which is also home of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). WFO is expected to work closely with FAO and their programs around the world, Johnson said.

According to GreenMed, a journal focused on Mediterranean agriculture, the WFO was organized at a meeting in Brussels, and leaders decided to locate it in Rome due to the commitment of two Italian farmers organizations — CIA and Coldiretti — to the new group.

GreenMed also said that the group’s mission is “to defend the interests of farmers worldwide to improve their economic conditions and livelihoods worldwide” because “often farmers’ incomes amount [to] 50 percent of average incomes.”