Author: Dr. M. Reza Ardakani, Vice President, ISOFAR; Director, IFOAM-IRAN: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

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Welcoming address by Dr. M. Reza Ardakani, Executive Manager of the Workshop. 105 participants from different disciplines such as aquaculture producers (individual or in cooperatives), post graduate students, faculty members, scientists from different research institutes, private and governmental authorities attended in this 2 days workshop.


Aquaculture production in Iran increased rapidly from 3 219 tones in 1978 to 371 840 tones in 2014, representing approximately 39.2 percent of the total fish production. This
proportion is expected to increase during the fifth sixth-year plan which began in 2017 to 45.5 percent. Aquaculture systems distribution and characteristics in Iran are based on warm water fish culture, cold water fish culture (rainbow trout), shrimp culture and culture-based fisheries. On the other hand, t
he issue of organic production has attracted significant attention in Iran and positive measures have been taken in respect though further steps to catch up with the global pace of organic production mainly through filling the existing information gap.

 

 

Two IFOAM- International Self Organized Sector Platforms; IFOAM-IRAN and IFOAM Aquaculture organized a workshop on “Organic Aquaculture” in order to develop and promote production and marketing of organic aquaculture products in Iran which sponsored and supported by Iran Organic Association (IOA); Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Mines, Industries and Agriculture; Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute (IFSRI); Iran Fisheries Organization (IFO)- Ministry of Agriculture and numbers of other governmental authorities and private sectors.

 

During the opening ceremony, Deputy Head of IFO, Dr. Hossein Abdulhay stated that aquaculture production is common in all provinces and Iran worlds ranked is the firstfor rainbow trout, sixteen in shrimpand also among top 10 countries for caviar production. Dr. Hans Stefan Bergleiter on behalf of IFOAM Aquaculture and Naturland Co. from Germany and Dr. Jaakko Nuutila, ISOFAR Board Member and Research Scientist at Natural Resources Institute Finland were the resource persons for this workshop which held 8- 9 May 2018 in Tehran- Iran.

 

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Dr.   Hans Stefan Bergleiter stated the most important technical issues, standards   and regulations for developing organic aquaculture.

Dr.   Jaakko Nuutila focused on organic food systems and the role of organic   aquaculture and its effects on value chains with presenting two case studies   in Vietnam and Slovenia.

 

 

The topics focused on:

- Economical, ecological and social implications of aquaculture products
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The EU regulation and private standards for organic aquaculture/ Legal norms and guidelines / official and private standards
- Perspectives of organic aquaculture production
- Conversion problems, risk assessment and evaluation
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Specific organic aquaculture fields: shrimp, trout, microalgae, plus a view to recirculation aquaculture and integrated multitrophic aquaculture (IMTA)

- Quality management and assurance in organic aquaculture
- Inspection and certification processes
- Labelling/ packaging and marketing
- Case studies and value chains


The outcome of this workshop: In order to accelerate of acquiring modern sciences, practices and techniques in Organic Aquaculture production systems, for the first step, IFSRI is going to create a group of experts to develop the practical guidelines for organic aquaculture in Iran for all producers (cooperatives and private sectors) and for different types of products with considering a pilot project in a research station at Mazandaran Province in North of Iran, close to Caspian Sea.

 

 

closing ceremony

 

Closing Ceremony!

 

ws on organic aquaculture


 

Also visit: https://www.ifoam.bio/en/regional-bodies/ifoam-iran

The BSc studies OAFP are prepared and constructed according to the expectations of the potential employers within the organic food production. The focus is on the innovative teaching methods activating students and preparing them to the future employment. The studies will offer a good possibilities to develop necessary skills and knowledge in desired specialties.

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018

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This new biannual conference will gather academics, scholars, PhD students, graduate students, farmer-researchers and action researchers from around the world to discuss the latest and most pressing issues in biodynamic agriculture, moreover discussing related fields such as agroecology and food and nutrition, dedicating significant attention also to new and alternative researching methods.

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Start: 1 OCT 2018

Applications to: prof. dr hab. Ewa Rembiałkowska

Division of Organic Food

Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences WULS

02-776 Warszawa, Nowoursynowska street 159 c

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Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018

Organic production evolves with impetus across the whole world. According to recent data the world organic agricultural land in 2016 was 60 million hectares and organic market size was 89,7 billion US dollars. The continents with the largest organic agricultural areas in the world are Oceania, Europe, Latin America, next Asia and other continents. In Europe the biggest organically cultivated areas are in Spain, Italy and France. It is clear that organic food production and market is very promising. It is an important alternative to the conventional food production using a lot of synthetic substances with the harmful pesticides in the vanguard.


According to the current scientific data it is a clear interest among the European organic stakeholders to employ graduates well prepared in organic food and farming. The most desired specialties are plant production, food quality and plant protection. There is also a necessity for the innovation educational programs and methods, helping the students to achieve such skills as practical expertise, team working and problem solving skills.

The BSc studies OAFP are prepared and constructed according to the expectations of the potential employers within the organic food production. The focus is on the innovative teaching methods activating students and preparing them to the future employment. The studies will offer a good possibilities to develop necessary skills and knowledge in desired specialties. The alumni of OAFP can find jobs in the organic food production, processing, trade, also in different companies connected with education, dissemination   and advisory services.

We want to encourage students from Europe and all other continents to study OAFP at our University. WULS (Warsaw University of Life Sciences) is the biggest and most modern agricultural University in Poland. We have about 25 000 students. WULS is a vibrant University offering not only interesting studies but also many possibilities to bud different talents – sport, music, dancing, scientific passions. The Campus is new and fashionable, also the student houses are renovated and offering good living conditions. Social life at WULS is brisk and intensive – it is very plausible to get many lifelong friends.


Therefore welcome at WULS, dear students!


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This new biannual conference will gather academics, scholars, PhD students, graduate students, farmer-researchers and action researchers from around the world to discuss the latest and most pressing issues in biodynamic agriculture, moreover discussing related fields such as agroecology and food and nutrition, dedicating significant attention also to new and alternative researching methods.

Biodynamic research is done in any agricultural field, in many places of the world using a great diversity of methods and disciplines, getting in touch with many other research areas. Taking an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach, we aim to bring together both academic research and farmer’s expertise to explore and discuss issues in biodynamic food and farming systems. The perspective taken on these issues may be from a classical scientific point of view as well as from an innovative methodical standpoint.

We invite contributions to the following topics:

  1. New scientific methods in academic and on-farm research 
  2. The farm organism and (new) perspectives in agroecology 
  3. Beyond matter: Non-material influences on agriculture – quantum physics & co in agriculture 
  4. Associative economy – an approach to sustainable food systems 
  5. Living soil, soil life, and soil fertility
  6. Research on plants 
  7. Food for live - food quality, nutrition and health
  8. 8. Animal welfare
  9. 9. others

Scientific contributions must follow common rules for the description of survey methods and data assessment. Contributions that do not meet scientific requirements (e.g. farmer observations without statistical data evaluation) can be submitted as ‘Observation papers’.   Proposals may be for oral or poster presentation. The final decision on the presentation form will be taken by the programme committee. Please send your abstract (max 4000 characters) using until April 8th, 2018. All abstracts must be in English language. For more information please visit: http://www.sektion- landwirtschaft.org/veranstaltungen/biodynamic-research-conference/

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Dear members of ISOFAR,

Thank you very much that you support the actions of our scientist network ISOFAR. This is important to keep scientists informed and networked, particularly in a research area, where many of us feel alone and isolated throughout the world. We have members from 70 countries, and we are recognized and appreciated as the global network for Organic Agricultural Research.

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