Author: Prof. M. Reza Ardakani, Board Member of ISOFAR, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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The ISHS President (Prof. Roderick A. Drew) and the board members as well as
Congress President (Prof. Yüksel Tüzel) and working groups of the local hosts
acknowledged for their energy, creativity and organizing a wonderful congress.

 

Istanbul, in Turkey hosted the 30th International Horticulture Congress (12-16 August 2018) under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) which provided an excellent platform for scientists, students, consultants, engineers, extension agents, growers,  industry, trade and consumer organizations, policymakers and other professionals having an interest in horticulture.

The impact of input intensive horticultural production elevates concerns for product and environmental safety not only for food but also non-food products. Organic horticulture is accepted as a solution to both well-being of the populations and the environment. ISHS as the main conference organizer and specially Professor Uygun Aksoy (Chair of the Scientific Committee) kindly supported the concepts of Organic Horticulture with considering specific scientific symposium on Organic Horticulture for Wellbeing of the Environment and Population (2nd International symposium); aShort Training Course on Organic Agriculture; a Workshop on Soil and Soilless Organic Production Systems, and a workshop on Agroecology and Education: Socio-ecological Resilience to Climate Change.

Organic systems bring solutions to not only the production chain but provide public services mainly for agro-ecosystems, rural landscapes and rural and urban populations. Agroecology is conceived as a holistic model of global change that includes technical, social, organizational and political dimensions. It favors new learning conditions by abandoning old, compartmentalized models of knowledge in which disciplines often ignore the complex realities of human, agricultural, and natural environments. Learning from action research provides answers to immediate questions and contributes in the long run to the consolidation of a sustainable food system based on local reality knowledge and with students prepared to deal with complex problems in the future. The workshop on soil and soilless organic production systems established a platform to discuss the current state-of art especially in the EU, USA and Canada and exchange experiences in drawbacks and advantages of such systems. The participants agreed that the basic principles of organic should guide the practices rather than commercial interests, and that further research results are required to develop the standards.

 

 

The outcomes of the workshop on Agroecology and Education:

 

  • Consolidate agroecology in higher education towards the formation of solid professionals in the subject.
  • Promote an agroecological network in the International Society of Horticultural Science.
  • Strengthen research and extension projects in agroecology with the methodology Participatory action research (PAR).
  • Join forces for a future symposium on agroecology

 

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Scientists from 82 countries attended in this congress. Turkey's history as well as agricultural and agro-industrial potential of research activities was introduced to all international participants.

 

roberto ugas

Prof. Roberto Ugas (Prof. of Agroecology and Organic Agriculture, National La Molina Agricultural University, Lima, Peru) gave an inspiring key note presentation on ”Agroecology and organic agriculture in Latin America” in which he stated the most relevant issues to innovations and agroecological best practices in the world.

 

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This can be the start of more Agroecology and Organic Horticulture across the ISHS world! All speakers at the Agroecology and Education workshop agreed with Roberto’s pledge for more agroecology science approaches in horticultural science.

Left to right: Prof. M. Reza Ardakani (Iran), Prof. Ulrich Schmutz (United Kingdom), Prof. Beatrix Alsanius (Sweden), Prof. Martine Dorais (Canada), Prof. Uygun Aksoy (Turkey) and Prof. Maria Claudia Dussi (Argentina).

 

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The relevant commission in ISHS with the title of “Agroecology and Organic Farming Systems” launched to develop and support science in horticultural organic movements in which Prof. Martine Dorais (Protected crops and organic horticulture, Plant science department, Laval University, Quebec, Canada) elected as the Chair and Prof. Maria Claudia Dussi (Agroecology Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina) became the Vice Chair. Participants of the business meeting on agroecology and organic farming systems are shown in the picture.