Open letter of the Peoples of Cusco to the FAO Director General
On Thursday 26 February, Peruvian indigenous organizations, local government bodies and civil society organizations in Cusco, Peru, held a meeting to formulate a strategic response to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ABCD10 starting on 1 March that will push for greater use of genetically modified organisms. A demonstration through the ancient Inca streets followed up this multi-stakeholder gathering.
The meeting produced a Declaration which underlines that the FAO agenda does not represent the best approach for tackling agricultural challenges, including those brought by climate change. The President of the Government of Cusco is officially sending the Open Letter of the Peoples of Cusco to the FAO Director General, members of ABCD10 organizing committee, and relevant Mexican government representatives.