I gave keynote address during an opening ceremony with the Mauritius Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mahen Seeruttun. I spoke about creating trust within an organic system through strong institutions and support for farmers.
I also provided a day-long training session to organic stakeholders and ministry officials on international organic agriculture law and best practices. Even better, I got to visit an organic vegetable farm and participate in meetings and a working group session designed to make initial decisions on the direction of the Mauritius legislation.
As a next step, I'll draft the framework for the new Mauritius organic agriculture law and travel to Mauritius in 2017 to work with stakeholders to finalize the new legislation.
I'm so grateful for the support of the students and staff at the Vermont Law School Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, who have provided invaluable research and writing assistance for this project.