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An International Conference on Research & Innovation in Organic Agriculture successfully held on Nov. 1, 2016 at the Isfahan Branch of Islamic Azad University, Iran


Main topics discussed were

  • The importance of research based programs for developing organic agriculture
  • Introduction of ISOFAR and its roles in global organic movements
  • Ethical issues in organic agriculture as a comprehensive agroecosystem
  • Socioeconomic issues and market development of organic products
  • Scientific based and practical issues for organic plant production and animal husbandry

The Conference which took place in Isfahan, was jointly organised by the Islamic Azad University as the largest attending university in the world with more than 1.500.000 students across the country of Iran and abroad, and International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR). The event was attended by over 600 participants and it attracted international speakers from Germany, Italy, Nigeria and India as well as Iran.

Isfahan is an ancient city in the center of Iran located about 340 km south of Tehran. The Persians call it "Nesf-e-Jahan", meaning "Half the World". On arrival at the Isfahan Branch on Nov. 1, 2016, the ISOFAR team was taken on facility tour of the state-of-the-art equipment in the Central Research Laboratory of the University and were later received at the Education Research and Development Centre.


Presentation of MoU template to ISOFAR president by IAU representative

On arrival at the Conference venue, Prof. M. Reza Ardakani who is ISOFAR board member from Iran and stated as the Conference Scientific Manager, introduced Prof. Gerold Rahmann (ISOFAR President) and other ISOFAR board members to Prof. Seyed Mohammad Amiri (Head of the IAU, Isfahan Branch & Conference President) and he later took a group photograph with the invited speakers .

The Conference commenced with an opening speech by Prof. Seyed M. Amiri and thereafter Dr. Payam Najafi (Conference Executive Manager) appreciated all the participants, and M. Reza Ardakani gave an speech under title of Driving Innovation in Organic Agriculture by Research. The plenary session commenced with the
presentation of Prof. Gerold Rahmann titled Organic Agriculture can and must contribute to solve future challenges in the global food chain: Organic 3.0.

Thereafter, six lead papers covering diverse aspects of organic agriculture were presented by Profs. Raffaele Zanoli and Simona Naspetti (Italy) under title of "Organic Food Market: Why Trust Matters", Prof. Peter Fragstein (Germany) titled "Organic Agriculture; Science and Ethics", Dr. Mahesh Chander (India) titled "Organic Livestock Production: Welfare, Standards & Requirements", Prof. Victor Olowe (Nigeria) titled "Societal Attitudes towards Organic Agriculture and Products", Dr. Hamid R. Ansari-Renani (Iran) titled "Potential of Organic Animal Productions by Nomads in Iran» and Dr. Stefano Canali (Italy) titled "Agro-ecological Service Crops and No-Till Strategies in Organic Mediterranean Vegetable Productions".

A panel of experienced scientists discussed each paper after presentation. During the general discussion session, many Iranian students wanted to know how to explore scholarships for further studies in organic agriculture in Germany and other European countries. Questions were also asked on high cost of organic production, need to ban importation of GMO products, need to have subsidy on organic inputs in order to reduce cost of production amongst others. 



«Further reading about organic agriculture in Iran HERE»


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