(Women in South Asia keep the rural way of life alive. They participate in all operations pertaining to livestock management, crop production' such as sowing, transplanting, weeding, harvesting as well as the post-harvest operations such as threshing, winnowing, drying, grinding, husking and storage of the products.)
Iarda and partners are working to enable thousands of rural communities and organizations in Asia to sustainably improve their lives. We will be at the leading edge of developing methods to spread agroecological farming practices, farmer innovation, farmer-to-farmer extension, community health, and strengthening local organizations to lead their own development processes. During this time we will also collaborate across borders to share our experiences, learn from each other, and return to other countries to apply those lessons and spread success.
Our global agricultural and food system is broken and needs to transition to one that is more sustainable and beneficial to the world’s population. This must happen in the face of the linked challenges of climate change, natural resource depletion, and worldwide economic and social upheaval. At the same time, farmer-led social movements are growing, and there is increasing recognition that agroecology and food sovereignty are key solutions.
In 2005, IARDA was created as a global partnership to contribute to improvememt and bottom-up solutions. We are a partnership of local organizations, NGOs and people grounded in diverse contexts and experiences, yet we share a common approach to supporting social change, a collaboration over and a common dream.
IARDA was legally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in Ottawa, Ontario in 2005. Since then our founders and new members have been striving to achieve more and more.