The Conference with the theme “Opportunity of niche creation for employment and investment” was successfully held in Bamako, Mali on Dec. 5 – 6, 2017 to appraise the development of organic agriculture in the sub-region and also marshal a way forward.

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“Emerging Issues in Organic Agriculture for sustainable environment, health and economic development in Nigeria” was the theme of the Conference held on November 20 – 23, 2017 at Ibrahim Badamosi Babaginda University (IBBU), Lapai, Niger State, Nigeria.

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The International Conference on the ROLE OF LIVESTOCK IN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE - the Pre-Conference on Organic Animal Husbandry, was organized at the National Centre of Organic Farming (NCOF), Ghaziabad, India on 6-8 November 2017.

 

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27 participants from different countries attended the workshop, which was arranged at the National Centre for Organic Farming in Ghaziabad on November 8, 2017 as a pre-conference for the 19th OWC.

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The ISOFAR General Assembly (8th November 2017) in India has elected a new World Board for the tenure 2017 to 2020. 

 

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The Scientific Track at the Organic World Congress, November 9-11 2017 in New Delhi, India, contributed to the global discussion on Organic 3.0, and took the opportunity to answer some of the challenges in the context of the Indian subcontinent in particular. After a double-blind review, done by 120 reviewers from various disciplines in research institutions throughout the world, about 183 scientific papers from 50 countries were accepted. 

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The ISOFAR board and participants of the symposium "Organic 3.0 is innovation with research", held while the 1st ISOFAR Organic Expo 2016 "science meets public" in Geosan (South Korea), (36 scientists from 21 countries) have written a paper which is published recently in the Journal of Organic Agriculture.

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A conference held in the United States brings together organic researchers, farmers, policy-makers, and industry to find synergies between the environmental benefits of organic techniques and government sustainability goals.

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ISOFAR contributes coordination of the scientific track at the 19th OWC in India in November 2017. The deadline for submitting abstracts to the scientific track was recently passed, and there seems to be no demand for a second request: 312 papers were submitted!

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COBRA is a three year Core Organic II project that coordinates organic breeding activities with 41 partners in 17 different countries. The project has been led by the Organic Research Centre in UK. The final conference took place on 24-25th Nov. in Denmark and was attended by a large number of participants from all 17 different countries. The final conference was framed by and part of the Danish Organic Congress attended by more than 800 people.

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Organised by the Italian Council for research in agriculture (Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria – CREA) the conference on research for the organic food and farming sector will be held in Rome, January 20-21, 2016. ISOFAR President Gerold Rahmann will open the Conference.
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Morocco has a significant horticultural production, and the organic sector has grown rapidly since the establishment in 1986. AMABIO, the Moroccan Association of Organic Production Chain Value, is a driving force, offering technical assistance to farmers and working towards the government on development strategies for organic agriculture in Morocco. Read more

ISOFAR supports scientific progress by compiling abstracts and papers from contributions to all ISOFAR scientific conferences and events into scientific proceedings. The proceedings are available with open access for all.
 

The Italian Ministry for Agriculture (MiPAAF) is about to release a new strategic action plan for the organic food and farming sector. The plan, discussed with Italian stakeholders, will be presented to the Italian Regions in December and then officially launched.

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ISOFAR supports the development of organic agriculture in Africa by networking with relevant initiatives and organisations, such as “Organic Alternative for Africa”, initiated by IFOAM. Read more

ISOFAR President Gerold Rahmann, currently working in Ethiopia, summarizes the activities of ISOFAR during 2015 in a letter to all members and supporters.

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With 97 million people by 2015, a rapidly growing population and vulnerability towards stricter weather conditions, Ethiopia faces challenges linked to agriculture. International cooperation contributes to solutions, also within the organic farming sector as shown by this report from the German initiative “One World No Hunger”.

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