State of the art and research gaps in organic systems in low and middle income countries.

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Photo: Workshop groups at the morning session of Science Day 2018

On February 16, 2018, the sixth Science Day took place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.

TIPI organized the afternoon session, which focussed on elaborate research gaps in organic food and farming systems in low and middle income countries (100 questions to be addressed by novel organic food and farming systems).

After the welcome and introduction by Christian Andres (TIPI Scientific Secretary), Dr Monika Messmer (Senior Plant Breeder, FiBL, Switzerland), Prof Dr emer. Hans Hummel, (Distinguished Expert in Plant Protection and Biocontrol, University of Giessen, Germany) and Prof Dr Gerold Rahmann (Director, Thünen Institute of Organic Farming, Germany) gave input presentations on the biggest challenges and research gaps in low and middle income countries for organic plant breeding, biological plant protection and organic livestock systems, respectively. All the presentations from the afternoon session can be downloaded here. The follow-up workshop (World Café) aimed at contributing to the development of a strategic research agenda for organic food and farming systems in low and middle income countries. The workshop (World Café) discussed the following questions:

  1. WHERE? How should we delineate the different regions (continentally, climatically, main crops)? 
  2. WHO? Who should be the main actors to elaborate the strategic regional research agendas? 
  3. HOW? How should be the main actors elaborate the strategic regional research agendas?

Finally, Dr Dora Drexler (Director, Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) & Vice President TIPI, Hungary) summarized the constructive discussions and inputs made during the afternoon in her closing remarks, and gave an outlook on further steps in the near future.

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Photo: Presentation at the afternoon session of Science Day 2018

Relevant link:

http://www.organic-research.net/home/news-organic-research/article/2178.html


Author: 

Christian Andres
Research Scientist in sustainable production systems in the tropics
Scientific Secretary of the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International (TIPI)
Department of International Cooperation
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
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