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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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. We became stronger in the last years (number of members  and their contributions increased significantly  with appreciative actions globally in the communication of organic agricultural research). However, on the other hand,there are too high expectations of capacities we should have had. That is not the case. As you know, all our actions are on volunteer level with minimum budget (or action with specific project grants). What we do is free of charge and we have no staff employed. I tell you this to give you a realistic clue of our work capabilities. And: that makes me proud. To have this global impact not because of a lot of resources, but with limited (no) resources is result of your volunteer work. That is great.

I like to inform you about activities we did already since November 2017, as the new board was elected (GA in Delhi for the term 2017 – 2020) and give you an outline of some ideas and actions of the coming years:

  • We are twelve elected and one co-opted board members and had two board meetings since new board elected. We feel as a strong and well constituted better:composed? Board, covering many disciplines and regions.
  • We have revised the aims and scope of our journal  “Organic Agriculture” (Springer), which is now more focusing in the system-thinking of Organic Agriculture. The journal recently implemented the publication option for “concept notes”, where we like to discuss the needs of development for the Organic Agricultural sector. We are open for the IFOAM Organic 3.0 concept (influencing and stimulating the global food and farming sector towards more sustainability, not being limited to third-party certified product chains), and we are open for ethics and agro-ecology in the scope of the basic ideas and principles of Organic Agriculture. Also, we like to have one special issue a year, as output of special events or with a special topic. (I will inform you in accordance).
  • We have extended and structured the editorial board for the Organic Agriculture journal, and prepare for ISI assessment 2019. This will hopefully give us an impact factor which will also be valid for already published papers.
  • February 2018: Contribution to the Science day at the global leading organic market fair BIOFACH in Nuremberg, Germany. • We have started to plan for the 20th  Organic World Congress 2020 in Rennes, France.
  • Additionally, we have planned following regional events (supporting of cooperative partners and / or own actions):

You see, action is done! your contribution is important and you should feel proud to be part of ISOFAR, the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research.

                                                                                                                                                                      

Regards Prof. Dr. Gerold Rahmann President of ISOFAR 

                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                               

 

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

phone: 00 48 22 59 37 0 38

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.sggw.pl

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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Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International (TIPI) organizes yearly meeting as Science Day at BioFach, Nuremberg, Germany. In 16th February 2018, the Science Day focused on “State of the art and research gaps in organic systems in the Global South”.

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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.

> Read more

isofar president stated

Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International (TIPI) organizes yearly meeting as Science Day at BioFach, Nuremberg, Germany. In 16th February 2018, the Science Day focused on “State of the art and research gaps in organic systems in the Global South”.

Researchers working on organic systems in the Global South do not have access to sufficient resources to realize the potential contribution of organic to rural development and the Sustainable Development especially in organic animal production systems. Prof. Gerold Rahmann, Director Thünen Institute of Organic Farming, Germany and ISOFAR President in his lecture the main key points onchallenges and research gaps for organic livestock systems in the Global South:

  • Hungry and hardworking people, animals and soils characterize the global south
  • Organic movement should consider more animal husbandry is agro ecosystem design
  • No more copy paste of north concepts to the south reality
  • Adaptation and resilience are the key solutions for the south challenges

 

  • Livestock is a crucial component of the organic farming system, considering nutrient cycling in the system for more      sustainability and autonomy. Challenges for the global south are enormous and face huge difficulties related to water scarcity, nitrogen deficiency, market gaps…
  • Classic concepts of organic movement are Eurocentric, and do not fit to south reality. Organic movement is the      south consider animal welfare more than conventional animal livestock in the north. Indeed, farmers in tropical region have achieved an interesting      degree of balance between livestock needs and soil potential. Innovative      solutions should be found to fit their conditions without breaking the      balance and expanding the gaps.
  • Mixed farming is yet less considered for nutrient      cycling, but nitrogen struggle will remain the main challenge for protein      production. Organic husbandry concept of the north would not be the      solution, but still to find an agreement less restrictive to the global      south. Organic livestock is important in organic farming and can solve      future global challenges
  • The main challenges for livestock development are:
  • Adapt organic concept to the realities/needs of the global south conditions
  • Keep and improve crop-livestock integration in the design of agro ecosystems
  • Increase productivity and pay attention to the environmental costs
  • Animal welfare is crucial, livestock is a living part of the system and not a device
  • Find innovative solution for feed deficits and health problems within global organic agreement
  • Development of local premium market with participatory quality insurance

Expand research actions in a comprehensive way in order to solve more organic livestock complications.

 

Reported by: Azim Khalid,
INRA/FIMABIO Morocco,
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