Jambor Heyman attorney Amanda Heyman recently traveled to Mauritius as a legal consultant to a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project to support the African island nation's transition to organic farming.
Amanda participated in an opening ceremony with the Mauritius Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mahen Seeruttun, and spoke about creating trust within an organic system through strong institutions and support for farmers.
Amanda also provided a day-long training session to organic stakeholders and ministry officials on international organic agriculture law and best practices. She visited an organic vegetable farm, and participated in meetings and a working group session designed to make initial decisions on the direction of the Mauritius legislation.
As a next step, Amanda will 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.
Amanda is 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.