GREEN CIRCLE ORGANIZATION
The Green Circle Organization is a non-profit organization established in 1990. It was registered with the Social Welfare Department, under the social welfare agencies ordinance in 1994. The mandate of GCO is to work for the achievement of food security through the development of a sustainable and organic system of agriculture and the socio-economic uplift of marginalized rural communities and agricultural poor in Pakistan. The members of GCO are basically agriculturists (farmers, agricultural researchers and scientists) and other professionals related to various fields of agriculture. An executive body, comprising of 11 members those are elected from the general body, governs the organization.
The GCO looking forward to bring about a sustainable change, necessary to pressurize the policy makers into adopting policies supportive to the people and not to the ruling elite as has been the case up till now. Linkages need to be developed with government and non-governmental organizations and efforts must be made to involve them more directly in the development process initiated by the government.
The mission of GCO is to:
- Achieve food security through the establishment of a sustainable and environment friendly agricultural eco- system in Pakistan. This system is to be based upon a synthesis/integration of the indigenous knowledge and traditional agricultural practices of local farmers and the modern and scientific methods of cultivation applicable to our part of the world.
- Empower the marginalized sections of the rural population through their capacity building to enable them to organize themselves into groups for collective action leading towards self-reliance and empowerment.