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Belgium


PERSONAL INFORMATION

Stefaan Deneve

Academic Degree

PhD

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

 

Department   of Soil Management, Ghent University.

I   am mainly doing research on carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in   soils. This is related to fundamental questions of e.g. C stabilization,   greenhouse gas emissions, mineralization processes of C and N, the role of   soil microfauna in C and nutrient cycling, but also to more applied research   on N and P balances, use of organic matter in agriculture, increasing   nutrient use efficiencies etc. My research is both in temperate areas and in   tropical countries (Indonesia, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Cuba, ...). My research   in organic agriculture is also related to these aspects (currently involved   in one Core Organic project and several national projects on organic   agriculture, and organiser of the first international conference on organic   agriculture in the tropics - OrgaTrop2017).

Interest in network activities within:  

I   am interested in network activities including joint projects and proposals,   organisation of conferences etc.

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Canada


Andrew

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr. Andrew Hammermeister

 

Date of Birth

Aug 3, 1968

Academic Degree

Ph.D.

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

(Max. 350 words)

I   am Director of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada located at Dalhousie   University (see www.dal.ca/oacc). Aside   from facilitating and collaborating in a wide range of research, I coordinate   the national science program for organic agriculture in Canada in   collaboration with industry partners.

As   a professor I teach and supervise graduate students.

I   sit on various organic sector committees in Canada and the Technology   Innovation Platform of IFOAM Organics International.

Interest in network activities within:   (e.g. projects, proposals, knowledge-sharing etc.)

As   a generalist, my organic research interests are broad but are primarily   related to soil fertility and weed management in grain and fruit cropping   systems.

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Egypt


Hamada

Personal Information

Hamada Abdelrahman

Academic Degree

PhD

Affiliation &

Short description of   present scientific activities

 

Faculty   of Agriculture, Cairo University

Soil   organic matter response to land management and climatic conditions, with a   focus on soil management in organic farming. For more details please visit http://scholar.cu.edu.eg/hamada

Interest in network activities within:

Interested   in networking and collaboration through project proposals (food security and   sustainable development) and mobility programs (soil organic matter and   organic farming)

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Finland


jaaak

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr. Jaakko Nuutila

Date of Birth

22.06.1966

Academic Degree

PhD

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Natural   Resources Institute Finland

Organic   research and development projects in food system and value chain related   issues such as interaction and power relations among the stakeholders,   consumer behavior, quality of food and its production, public and private catering.   Increasing amount of projects in developing countries.

Interest in network activities within:

Projects   and knowledge-sharing of organic food system and value chains with different   approaches: ecological, economic, social, cultural…

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France


Eve

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr. Eve FOUILLEUX

Academic Degrees

Ingénieur Agro-économiste

PhD Political Science

HDR Polical Science

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Senior   Scientific Director at CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research)

Associate   Researcher at CIRAD (Center for international research on Agriculture, Food   and Development)

My   research focuses on regulation and policies in the fields of agriculture and   food. I have been studying French and European policies as well as food   security policies in Africa, and global governance in this field. My work   also deals with private regulation devices based on sustainability voluntary standards   (third party certification versus   participatory guarantee systems, and accreditation).

My   current research projects focus on organic farming and food, agroecology,   bioeconomy and, more broadly “sustainable agriculture”.

Interest in network activities within:  

Interest   in network activities regarding research on organic agriculture developments   in Europe and in Africa (and in the rest of the world)

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Germany


Gunter Backes

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Prof. Dr. Gunter Backes

Date   of Birth

1.2.1963

Academic Degree

Full Professor

Affiliation &

Short description   of present scientific activities

University of   Kassel, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, Section of Organic Plant   Breeding and Agrobiodiversity

Interests and   activities in Organic Plant Breeding, Genetic Resources, actual projects on   barley, wheat, hemp, peas

Interest in network activities within

Common proposals   and projects

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PERSONAL INFORMATION

Prof. Dr. Johanna Pausch

Date of Birth

03.02.1983

Academic Degree

Jun.-Prof. Dr.

Affiliation   &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Agroecology, University of Bayreuth,

www.bayceer.uni-bayreuth.de/agroecology/

My research deals with environmental issues related to the function and use of   agricultural ecosystems. The focus is on biogeochemical processes in the   rhizosphere of crops and more specifically on rhizodeposition as the driving   force for carbon turnover and nutrient fluxes in arable soils.

Plants alter biological, chemical and physical   processes in the soil surrounding their roots – in the rhizosphere. The   release of organic compounds by living roots (rhizodeposition) plays a   crucial role for carbon and nutrient turnover in the soil.

My research   concentrates on rhizodeposition as linkage of interactions between plants,   soils and microorganisms. At different temporal and spatial scales, I am   studying the importance of rhizodeposition for C and nutrient fluxes in soil.   In climate chamber experiments, the small-scale distribution of C compounds   along the roots (hotspots) is measured. Through the availability of C,   hotspots create preferred habitats for microbes. The microbial activity is   here much higher than in the adjacent soil. The roots of living plants can   thereby strongly influence the intensity of soil organic matter decomposition   and nutrient mobilization.

Rhizosphere effects are, therefore, crucial   for the availability of nutrients in soil. This ecological function is particularly important with regard to   sustainable and organic agriculture.

For agricultural ecosystems, the total amount of   rhizodeposition is largely unknown. Our field trials, therefore, focus on the   separation of different sources of soil CO2 and on the   quantification of gross and net rhizodeposition.

The aim of my research is to learn more about   rhizosphere effects and to gain a more comprehensive understanding of these   effects on carbon and nutrient fluxes in agroecosystems.

Interest   in network activities within:

Projects   and proposals on long-term field trials, networking and knowledge-sharing

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peter

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Peter von Fragstein und Niemsdorff

Date of   Birth

12.02.1950

Academic   Degree

Dipl. Agr. Biol.

Affiliation   &

Short description   of present scientific activities

 

Senior   expert for organic horticulture

Interest   in network activities within:

Knowledge-sharing,   extension

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India


Mahesh

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr Mahesh Chander

Date of Birth

14August 1964

Academic Degree

PhD

Affiliation &

Short description of   present scientific activities

 

Dr. Mahesh Chander, PhD (Agricultural Extension Education), is Principal Scientist   with Indian Council of Agricultural Research, currently serving as Head,   Division of Extension Education at ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute.   He did a certificate course and a Master Class on Organic Leadership from   IFOAM Academy, Germany. He has been actively associated with Research &   Development activities concerning organic agriculture since early 1990s and   presented a paper on organic agriculture in the 11th IFOAM   Scientific Conference in Copenhagen in 1996. He has been member of the   International Standards Committee IFOAM and Sustainable Agriculture Network   of Rainforest Alliance. He has published and presented papers on organic   farming in national and international conferences including writing books and   manuals on organic agriculture. Out of the 30 Masters and Doctoral students   guided by him, 3 students completed theses on organic livestock farming   topics. He has been a Board Member of ISOFAR since 2014. He organized the National   workshop on Organic Animal Husbandry Standards at Indian Veterinary Research   Institute, Izatnagar in 2002, and also organized ICAR sponsored short courses   on Organic animal husbandry in 2006 and 2016. He was one among the Programme   Committee members, when 1st & 2nd IFOAM   International Conferences on organic animal husbandry were organized in 2006   & 2012, respectively. He received Bharat Ratna Dr C Subramaniam Award for   Outstanding Teachers-2010 from ICAR and ISEE Young Scientist award from   Indian Society of Extension Education in 2005. More recently, he was the   organizing Committee member of the IFOAM Pre-conference on Organic Animal   Husbandry held in India during 19th Organic World Congress. He has   been serving several Government of India bodies concerned with organic   agriculture including course curriculum development for organic Agriculture.

Interest in network activities within:

He is active in Social Media including FB, Twitter, WhatsApp,   written blogs including organic agriculture for international forums like   GFAR, CABI, CFS of FAO for knowledge   sharing.

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ramteke

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Prof. Dr. Pramod W. Ramteke

Date of   Birth

30/05/1957

Academic   Degree

PhD

Affiliation   &

Short description of present scientific   activities

 

Sam Higginbottom   University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences (SHUATS), Allahabad, India

Elucidation of role   of plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) in organic agroecosystems

Interest   in network activities within:

Knowledge sharing

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gunjal

PERSONAL INFORMATION

DR. SURYAKANT GUNJAL

Date of   Birth

JUNE 1,   1959

Academic   Degree

M. SC.   (AGRI), PH. D. (BIOTECH)

Affiliation   &

Short description of present scientific   activities

 

FORMER DIRECTOR,   SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, YASHWANTRAO CHAVAN MAHARASHTRA OPEN   UNIVERSITY, NASHIK – 422 222. MAHARASHTRA. INDIA.

ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN   TRAINING OF FARMERS IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE IN MAHARASHTRA.

Interest   in network activities within:

I WILL BE HAPPY TO   ASSOCIATE WITH ISOFAR PROJECTS RELATED TO TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIC   AGRICULTURE IN INDIA…

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Indonesia 


wahyudi

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Wahyudi David

Date of Birth

26/12/1983

Academic Degree

Dr. agr.

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Universitas Bakrie, Indonesia

Dr. Wahyudi David is a researcher and lecturer at Universitas   Bakrie, Indonesia. He also serves as managing editor of the Asia Pacific   Journal of Sustainable Agriculture Food and Energy. In 2013, together with   other universities in the region, he initiated Sustainable Agriculture Food   and Energy (SAFE) Network that consists of 10 countries and 34 Universities   in the Asia Pacific region.

He is a member of the Indonesia Association of Food Technologist   (IAFT), International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) and   Indonesia Society for Functional Food and Nutraceutical (ISFFN). Recently, he   is appointed as technical committee for Indonesia National Standard chamber   and Scientific advisor for Indonesia Organic Alliance.

He has focused his research on organic food quality, organic   diet, food culture, and food consumption behavior. He frequently contributes   to international training programs in agriculture and organic food quality.

He received his MSc and PhD from the University of Kassel,   Germany.

Interest in network activities within:   (e.g. projects, proposals, knowledge-sharing etc.)

Ongoing project “Analysis of Organic   rice quality : from production to consumption” under organic food system   program (OFSP)( https://organicfoodsystem.net/   )

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Iran


Ahmad

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Mr. Ahmad Reza Farzin

Date of Birth

07/09/1973

Academic Degree

Ph.D Student

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Central Research Institute/IAU Iran

Evaluation of forage   production and increasing mixture rates of vetch (Vicia   dasycarpa) with sainfoin (Onobrychis sativa) under rainfed conditions.

Interest in network activities within:

Organic agriculture / Sustainable agriculture

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Aliakbar

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Aliakbar Shafighi

Date of Birth

Aug   1. 1988

Academic Degree

Ph.D.   Student in Agronomy

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

I am currently pursuing my Ph.D in Agronomy at   Azad University in Tehran. I’m doing my PhD thesis in collaboration with seed   and plant development institute to introduce new and cold resistant canola   genotypes to Iranian farmers. Besides the college academics I am actively   involved in the extra-curricular activities. I have participated in Fifth   Organic leadership course by IFOAM in Germany and Croatia.

Interest in network activities within:

Participating in different and various world conferences,   workshops, courses gave me an opportunity to be part of organic movement and   learn how organic knowledge is distributing across the world.

Organic World Congress 2017, Organic Leadership Course 2018,   organic inspection training course are part of my knowledge sharing and   network activities. Personally I am too much interested to do research on biofertilizer   in different plants.  

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Reza

PERSONAL INFORMATION

M. Reza Ardakani

Date of Birth

12 Jan. 1970

Academic Degree

Ph. D in Agroecology

Affiliation &

Short description of   present scientific activities

Full   Professor, Azad University, Karaj,   Iran

ISOFAR   World Board, 2014-2017; 2017-2020

Director,   IFOAM-IRAN

Associate   Editor, Journal of Organic Agriculture, Springer

Interest in network activities within:

Organic   Production of Medicinal and Ornamental Plants,

Organic   Food Systems,

Plant   – Microbe Interactions,

Mycorrhizal   Symbiosis

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Ramin

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Ramin Mesbah

Date of Birth

August 27, 1976

Academic Degree

Ph.D. Student in Agronomy

Affiliation &

Short description of   present scientific activities

Researcher, Research Institute of Tobacco, Iran

Interest in network activities within:

Crop production using bio fertilizers,
  Organic tobacco production

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Iraq


muhamed 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Mohamad Albedri 

Date of Birth

01.07.1953

Academic Degree

Ph. D.

Affiliation&

Shortdescription   of   present scientific   activities

1) Oral presentation, "vegetablebudding   as aspect of organic agriculture"   9th international   for   geometrics of middle east and north Africa,aqaba,Jordan,2016

2)Reviewers Guide,JournalofDynamicsin Agricultural research(JDAR),   2016.

3) Oral presentation, "Organic Agriculture and its impact on the environment"10th International of water Resourceswatersecurityin the Middle East and NorthAfrica,   Istanbul,Turkey,   2016.

4) Lecturer,   College of Agriculture and Forestry,   MosulUniversity,and Karkuk Agriculture college, Iraq   :2017/2018.

5) Oral presentation,19th Organic world   Congress, 9-11 November2017, New Delhi, India

6) Oralpresentation,"Effect   of   spraying with some plantaqueous   extracts on grafted water melon plant"at the 4th International Conference on   Agriculture and Forestry,2017,Colombo, Srilanka.

7)Presentation on"Effectofspraying with humic   acid on grafted water melon plant"at the International Conference on Organic Agriculture in theTropics (OrgaTrop   2017), Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

8) Researchon "Effect of soil application of Seaweed and Foliarfertilizer on growth yield and quality of broad bean during the growing season   2017/2018.

9) Research on "Response of onion plant the humic acid application and spraying with Liquid fertilizer ongrowth,Yield of green onion"   during the grow thing season 2017/2018.

Interest in network activities

within:

Research Project

Emailaddress

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Italy


Alessandra 2

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr. Alessandra Trinchera

Date of Birth

06/05/1966

Academic Degree

PhD (Soil Science and Climatology)

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Researcher at CREA (Agricultural Research Council – Research   Centre on Agriculture and Environment), she’s involved in research activities   on: diversified organic cropping systems; effect of agroecological service   crops on belowground root–microbiota   interactions; etilphosphonate/phosphonate dynamic in horticultural and tree   crops.

She coordinated the AB-F project "Data-base on fertilizers   in organic farming", the RizoSem project "Rhizosphere interaction   and crop-weeds interference in organic horticultural systems" and from   Feb 2017, the BIOFOSF project "Strategies for solving the phosphites   emergency in organic vegetable and fruit products", all funded by the   PQAI I Office "Organic Farming" - Italian Ministry of Agriculture.

From May 17, she is Regional Coordinator for North Mediterranean   Region and the National Responsible for communication activities within the   DIVERFARMING project “Crop diversification and low-input farming across   Europe: from practitioners engagement and ecosystems services to increased   revenues and chain organisation”.   H2020 - Call: RUR 2016-2.

She is the leader of the Task “Belowground functional   biodiversity” and IT Contact Person in SUREVEG project “Strip-cropping and   recycling of waste for biodiverse and resoURce-Efficient intensive VEGetable   production” (CORE Organic Cofund Call) from January 2018.

She is Consultant of the Office PQA I (Organic agriculture),   Office DISR III (Rural development) and DISR V (Fertilizers and plant   protection products) of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture (Mipaaf).

Interest in network activities within:

Research projects on:

- the effect of diversification on nutrient cycling and belowground   functional biodiversity in organic cropping systems;

- the dynamics of phosphite/phosphate in soil/plant system;

- fertilizers and biostimulants in organic farming.

As Responsible of "External communication" for RIRAB -   Italian Network for Organic Food and Farming Research – she is interested in   sharing information on ISOFAR research initiatives (meetings, congress,   workshops, etc.).

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Gicomo

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Gicomo Pirlo

Date of Birth

1954/9/6

Academic Degree

Senior scientist

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Research   centre for animal production and aquaculture, Council for agriculture   research and economics (CREA)

My   work is focused on dairy and beef production, with special attention on   environmental issues. Currently, I am working on strategy to increase organic   dairy production and to find new solutions to increase level of environmental   sustainability and animal welfare in organic dairy farms. The project   VaLatteBio, funded by the Italian Ministry of agricultural, Food and Forestry   Policies, has investigated the main characteristics of organic dairy farms in   the Po Valley and has proposed some solutions to improve the level of   commitment of organic farming. I am also working on improvement of   environmental impact of beef farms, by using different tools to estimate   several environmental impact categories, such as climate change, air quality,   water quality, biodiversity and human health.

Interest in network activities within:  

I   can share my knowledge about cattle intensive and organic production systems   and about environmental issues and assessments. I am interested to find   partners to find solutions for improving sustainability and animal welfare in   organic dairy and beef systems.

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PERSONAL INFORMATION

PhD Paola Migliorini

Date of   Birth

18/01/1972

Academic Degree

Agronomy,   PhD

Affiliation &

Short description of present   scientific activities

 

Assistant Professor in Agronomy and Plant Production   System at the University of Gastronomic Science (Pollenzo, Italy), since 2009   (https://www.unisg.it/en/docenti/paola-migliorini/). She teaches Agroecology, Organic Agriculture,   Sustainable agriculture and Agrobiodiversity courses at Bachelor and Master   level.

Major area of Research:

  • Agricultural model, agro-ecosystem studies and   agroecological approach: Ecological, Sustainable and Organic agriculture
  • Sustainability evaluation with agroecological   indicators: soil fertility, biodiversity, energy efficiencies
  • Organic production systems and effect on the   products: comparison of different varieties (e.i. old and modern varieties of   wheat for organic bread) and comparison of different agronomic techniques on   cultivated crop (e.i. organic fertilizers, use of mycorrhizae, mechanical   weeding, organic treatments)
  • Long-term experiment confronting organic vs   conventional agriculture
  • Peri-urban agriculture

She has participated in several interdisciplinary   projects related to agricultural aspects of food at regional, national and   international level (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Paola_Migliorini/contributions).

Interest in network activities within:

She is vice president of IFOAM AgriBioMediterraneo (http://www.ifoam.bio/en/regional-bodies/ifoam-agribiomediterraneo), funding and board member of Agroecology Europe (http://www.agroecology-europe.org/).

Board Member of Rete Italiana Ricerca in Agricoltura Biologica (RIRAB) http://www.rirab.it/

Board Member of Gruppo Ricerca Agricoltura Biologica italiana (GRABIT) http://capriworkshop.centrodiportici.it/  

Member of   Società Italian Agrnomia http://www.siagr.it/

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Japan


Yoko

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr. Yoko Taniguchi, Ph.D.

Nationality

Japan

Academic Degree

Ph.D.

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Specializes   in economic and empirical analysis of organic food market and consumption. Fields   of interest include: specialized organic food retailing, consumer behavior,   organic food policy, and local/ traditional food culture. Senior Assistant   Professor at School of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Miyagi University.   Board member of the Japanese Society of Organic Agriculture Science. Board   member of Miyagi Environmental Life Outreach Network. Member of Miyagi Environmental Council.

Interest in network activities within: 

I’m   interested in collaborating studies on international harmonization of organic   market data, international comparison on organic food retailing/ distribution   system and consumer behavior.

 

 

Korea


 

eusan han

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr. agr Eusan Han

Date of   Birth

27.Nov.1981

Academic Degree

Dr. agr

Affiliation &

Short description of present   scientific activities

 

Department of Plant   and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

My current research focuses on determining the architecture and function of plant deep roots that can unlock the   hidden soil resources in arable subsoil. 

Interest in network activities within:

Scientific projects   and organic movements

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Morocco


Azim

PERSONAL INFORMATION

AZIM KHALID

Date of Birth

18/03/1981

Academic Degree

M.Sc/Horticulture Engineer

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

(Max. 350 words)

I am a horticulture   engineer with a Master degree in Mediterranean Organic Agriculture from the   CIHEAM-Bari (2003-2005). Currently I am a researcher since 2007 in   "Organic Horticulture and Composting optimization" at the National   Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA). I’m a coordinator of two research   projects and member of a Moroccan professional stakeholder organization   (FIMABIO). I have some others duties in consultancy and member of organic   regulation committee in morocco. Actually, I have a research program on   composting optimization of greenhouse organic wastes and the integrated   organic fertilization of organic vegetables under greenhouse and open field   in arid zone.

Interest in network activities within:   (e.g. projects, proposals, knowledge-sharing etc.)

Integrated rural   development; Biological pest management; Composting; Soil fertility   improvement; organic vegetable production, quality systems; medicinal and   aromatic plant valorization

Onfarm research project,   proposals…

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Nepal


 

RAJ

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr. Raj Kumar Banjara

 

Date of Birth

15/05/1979

Academic Degree

Ph.D.   (Agricultural Sociology)

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Mewar   University, Rajasthan, India. Research on the effect of organic agriculture   on the livelihood of smallholders in Nepal

Interest in network activities within: 

All

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Nigeria


 

Adams

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Adams Ovie IYIOLA (mfs, mafs)

Date of Birth

23rd August, 1985

Academic Degree

B. Fisheries Management; MSc Fisheries Management   and Ph.D Fisheries Ecology and Climate Change (in view)

Affiliation &

Short description of   present scientific activities

 

Affiliation:   Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Osun State University,   P.M.B. 4494, Osogbo, Osun state, Nigeria.

My   research interest is fisheries Ecology and Biodiversity Management. I am   currently studying the effects of climate change on the fisheries resources   of a prominent river in my country. Over the years, fisheries resources have   been reported to be on the decline as a result of various human activities   altering the composition of green house gases in the atmosphere. It has also   been reported that my country is vulnerable to these effects and therefore   studying the extent of the effects on the resources and how to adapt to these   changes.

Interest in network activities within:

Networking,   Research groups, Projects, conferences and workshops.

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Atoma

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr. Atoma Charity Nwamaka

Academic   Degree

Ph.D Agricultural Extension.

Affiliation   &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro Delta State, Nigeria. Ongoing research on the efficacy of different mulching materials in   weed control. 2. Trial of different organic manure on the yield of sweet   pepper and growth / palatability of water melon.

Interest   in network activities within:

Knowledge sharing

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Ehiabhi

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Ehiabhi Cyril Odion

Date of   Birth

July 07,   1948

Academic   Degree

Ph.D.   (Cropping Systems)

Affiliation   &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Department of   Agronomy, Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University,   Zaria.

Involved in   development of cropping systems to enhance productivity among peasant farmers   using organic agriculture practices including agro-ecology, allelopathy and pests   and diseases control with botanicals. Practices include the clipping/thinning   management of legumes for green manure production and incorporation to   complement soil fertility with animal manures; the production of compost   using crop residues from farms and markets and applying it to farms to reduce   the nutrient loses due to farming activities.

Tropical agriculture   is subjected to harsh environmental conditions for crop growth, thus   requiring fertility practices that will preserve biodiversity and encourage   soil moisture retention instead of reducing organic matter levels. I have   also successfully used aqueous solution of African bush tea (Hyptis suaveolens L. (Poit.)); that   has shown allelopathic properties for weed control, for the control of pests   and diseases of major crops in pure and mixed stands. Chemicals are harsh to   the environment and eradicate the soil’s fauna and flora, as well   pollinators; exacerbating the poor growing condition in the tropics.   Eliminating the use of chemicals will thus preserve biodiversity for improved   production. Bioactive components of plants, which are relatively safe, can be   used in place of chemicals to control diseases and pests of crops. Pests can   be repelled through the masking of familiar smell of cultivated crop by   spraying or intercropping a pungent plant like the African bush tea.      

Interest   in network activities within: (e.g. projects, proposals, knowledge-sharing   etc.)

Considering the food   production environment and the need to upscale production among small-scale   producers in the Tropics, I am interested in opportunities to acquire and   share knowledge in organic soil fertility improvement practices, and   mechanization that will enhance productivity. I will love to collaborate and   share knowledge in the use of organic methods for the control of pests and   diseases outside the use of Hyptis plant.    

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Nkiri

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Prof. Nkiri T. Meludu

Date of Birth

April 6, 1965

Academic Degree

PhD

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

University of Ibadan,   Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security.

Investigation   of the determinants of post- harvest losses among farmers and marketers along   the distribution chain in selected states of Northern Nigeria.

Interest in network activities within: 

I   have interest in youth and women activities in Agriculture projects. Proposal   on training needs of youths and women on organic agriculture principles and   practices. Belongs to an NGO- Healthy Foods for Consumers Initiatives that   creates awareness on healthy food production and consumption through training   and radio awareness creation. A member of the Association of Organic   Agriculture Practitioner of Nigeria, Anambra State Organic Agriculture,   Stirring Committee on Ecological Organic, IFOAM, ISOFAR

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Oluyinka

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Oluyinka Adewoyin

Affiliation &

Short description   of present scientific activities

Lecturer   at the Federal University Oye Ekiti, Nigeria. Former Head of Horticulture Department,   Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. Memberships: Horticultural   Society of Nigeria (HORTSON), Nigerian Organic Agriculture Network (NOAN),   Nigerian Institute of Landscape Horticulturist (NILH), International Society of   Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), and International Society for   Horticultural Science (ISHS). Research activities on Horticultural crops such   as cucumber, carrot, celery, moringer, celosia, okra, tomato, watermelon and   pepper. I have trained farmers,   several youths, women and retirees. I facilitated the establishment of   organic farmers market in Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State   (EOA Initiative in Nigeria) and the initiation of the Organic Farm in Federal   University Oye, Oye-Ekiti. Consultant   to Wealth Creation Agency, Akure, Ondo State in selecting and training of Agro-Preneurs.   Co-Managing Cherish farm; a subsidiary of King’s   Rejoice Multiventures, owns and maintains an experimental herbal farm at   Peace and Unity Community, Idi-Omo, Ojoo-Arulogun Road, Akinyele Local   Government Area of Oyo State, Nigeria.

Interest in network activities within: (e.g.   projects, proposals, knowledge-sharing etc.)

Postharvest   handling of Horticultural crops, Organic fruits, vegetables and ornamental   plants production.

Farmers,   women and youth training and mentoring.

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Timothy

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Professor Timothy Ipoola OLABIYI

Date of Birth

1 December 1965

Academic Degree

B. Agric; M. Sc. (Crop   Production); PhD (Crop Protection)

Affiliation &

Short   description of present scientific activities

Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria.

My research areas are Crop Protection, Organic   Agriculture, Plant Nematology, Climate Change and Bio-pesticide Technology.   At the moment, I have over 70 publications in both local and international   reputable journals.

Interest in network activities within: 

I have interest in networking and collaborating in projects,   proposals, knowledge sharing, workshops/ symposia/ conferences in the areas   of Crop Protection, Organic   Agriculture, Plant Nematology, Climate Change and Bio-pesticide Technology.

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Umeh

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Umeh Ogechi Jubilant

 

Date of Birth

24/02/75

Academic Degree

M.Sc

Affiliation &

Short description of   present scientific activities

Umeh Ogechi Jubilant studied agricultural extension and   administration, a lecturer at Michael Okpara University of agriculture Umudike,   Nigeria with the Department of Rural Sociology and Extension. A farmer field   school (FFS) Master trainer and frontline Extensionist with Agricultural   Development Program Abia State Nigeria. Presently, a Doctoral student at   Michael Okpara University of agriculture Umudike, Nigeria. Have over 45 journals, conference   proceedings and technical paper publications. Currently into research, farm establishment   and capacity building in organic farming, climate change and gender. Some of   the research projects carried out among others are “Gender analysis of   climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies among rural farm   households in Southeast, Nigeria”, “Assessment of behavioural approaches of   rural women farmers to mitigation and adaptation measures of climate change   in Abia state Nigeria” and “entrepreneurship training and establishment of   organic mushroom farms for youths and farmers”. She belongs to many   professional bodies including ISOFAR, NOAN, NIFAAS, AFAAS, GFAAS, AESON and   SCCDR.

Interest in network activities within:

Interest   in network activities within:

  1. 1.Organic research projects,
  2. 2.proposals
  3. 3.Gender
  4. 4.Climate change
  5. 5.knowledge-sharing

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Norway


AK

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Anne-Kristin Løes

Date of Birth

January 10, 1961

Academic Degree

Dr. scientiarum

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

Senior   researcher at Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture (NORSØK), Tingvoll,   Norway.

Coordinated/ing   several projects about organic residues as soil amendments and how to   integrate this in the value chains for food and feed. Examples: Animal manure   (including effects of anaerobic digestion), chopped laying hens, residues   from protein hydrolysis, marine residues (seaweed, fish). Some experience in   interdisciplinary research and social science, e.g. farmer’s (lack of)   motivation for certified organic farming, how to increase organic consumption   by public procurement (school meals). Assistant editor of Organic   Agriculture, board member of ISOFAR since 2008.

Interest in network activities within:  

Interested   in participation in (more) Horizon 2020-projects, and to develop a network   for organic agriculture research in the Nordic countries (Norway, Denmark,   Sweden, Finland and more).

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Philippines


Herminigilda new

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HERMINIGILDA A GABERTAN

Date of Birth

APRIL 13, 1963

Academic Degree

BS AGRICULTURE, MS IN CROP SCIENCE

PHD IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

AGRICULTURAL   CENTER CHIEF IV AT BUREAU OF PLANT INDUSTRY-LOS BAÑOS NATIONAL CROP RESEARCH   DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION SUPPORT CENTER (BPI-LBNCRDPSC)

Currently   involve in the following research, development and production projects in   BPI-LBNCRDPSC :

Project   leader: Documentation   and Evaluation of Microbials and Botanicals for Organic Agriculture in   Support to Organic Stakeholders in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Bicol Region

Project leader: Development of Organic Seed   Production System of Lowland Vegetables and Field Legumes at BPI-LBNCRDC and   Strengthening Partnership in CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Bicol Region (Phase2).

Project leader: Technology Demonstration and   Capacity Building for Lowland Vegetable Production

Project leader: Production of Quality Planting   Materials of Selected Vegetables, Legumes, Herbs and Fruit Trees

Project Leader: Action   Project on Enhancing the Productivity and Quality of Black Pepper In The   Philippines Towards Gap Certification

Interest in network activities within: 

PROJECTS   AND PROPOSALS RELATED TO VEGETABLE AND SEED PRODUCTION

KNOWLEDGE-SHARING   ON VEGETABLE PRODUCTION PRACTICES AND OTHER RELEVANT TOPICS

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Lucille

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Dr Lucille Elna de Guzman

Date of   Birth

12   February 1961

Academic Degree

PhD   Agronomy

Affiliation &

Short description of present   scientific activities

I am a researcher in   the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) under the Seed Science and   Technology Laboratory, Postharvest and Seed Sciences Division, Institute of   Crop Science, College of Agriculture and Food Science. My research interests   are on crop and seed physiology, organic agriculture, climate change   adaptation, plant genetic resources conservation and management, and   indigenous knowledge systems.

I am presently   involved in the implementation a two-year government-funded research project   on the documentation and assessment of local/indigenous knowledge for climate   change adaptation of agrifisheries communities. This research is being   implemented by a multi-disciplinary team composed of agronomists, fisheries experts,   anthropologists, taxonomists, and development communication experts.

I am a member of   government technical working groups for the (a) validation of organic farms   and establishments, (b) development of ASEAN guide for organic certification,   and (c) seed certification and   standards. I am also a member of the National Research Council of the   Philippines, the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, and the Crop   Science Society of the Philippines.

In UPLB, I have   taught laboratory classes on the fundamentals of crop science and the fundamentals   of seed technology, as well as lecture classes on ecological agriculture. I am   also a resource person on various topics on seed technology, organic   agriculture, climate change adaptation, among others, on the local and   national levels.

I have published   several articles, both in ISI and non-ISI journals. I also authored and   co-authored several other publications, e.g., book chapters, non-refereed   articles, papers, training manuals, research project terminal reports,   brochures, comics, etc.

Interest in network activities within:

Research projects,   knowledge sharing, review of papers for publication

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Poland 


 

ewa

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Professor Dr. Ewa Rembialkowska

Date of   Birth

23 XII   1950

Academic   Degree

Professor   of Agricultural Sciences

Affiliation   &

Short description of present scientific   activities

 

Warsaw   University of Life Sciences, Organic Food Division at the Faculty of Human   Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, Poland.   Prof. Rembiałkowska in her research activity deals with the   nutritional value of organic and conventional crops, and the influence of   organic food on human and animal health. Prof. Rembiałkowska is an author of   many papers, in that 25 published in the impact factor journals. She has proved   together with her team that the raw materials from the organic production   (vegetables, potatoes, herbs and fruits) contain significantly more bioactive   compounds, especially polyphenols and carotenoids, than raw materials from   conventional production. This is mainly because of different soil fertilization and plant   protection in organic and conventional systems. It has been proven by her   team that plant extracts from organic vegetables had a stronger hampering   effect on the growth of cancer cells than conventionally produced plant   extracts. It has been shown that rats who consumed organic feed presented   different physiological profile and more active immune system than those fed   with conventionally produced feed. Prof.   Rembiałkowska deals professionally with organic farming and food for many   years, leading a number of Polish and international scientific and didactic   projects in the area of organic food and farming.

Interest   in network activities within:

Prof. Rembiałkowska   is interested in common projects in the above mentioned topics, both   scientific and implementation ones. Knowledge sharing via workshops and   conferences is very appreciated.

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Jolanta

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Jolanta Kowalska

Date of Birth

30. Nov. 1967

Academic Degree

Prof.

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

(Max. 350 words)

She is professor in Institute of Plant Protection (IOR-PIB,   Poland) where she is head of Department of Biological Methods and Organic Farming.   She has a broad experience in biological methods, including employ of EPNs   for biological control of soil pests, and natural (among others botanicals,   basic substances and plants originated) products which have direct or   indirect effects on plants/pathogens/insect pests. Beneficial microorganisms   and strategies of using them in order to increasing of healthy of plants is one among   interests. Also compatible using of chemical products in lower dose with   biological products is developed. Protection of biodiversity as element of   natural and biological control of pests is included in the research. She is   member of the national Council of Organic Farming in the Polish Ministry,   board member for the Polish agriculture journal.

Interest in network activities within:  

She is a leader of national research projects addressed to organic   and integrated methods of protection, she participated in “CO-FREE” project   within 7PF.

She participated in the project   (2009-2014) under the Operational Programme Innovative Economy, she was head   of the task "Enrichment of selected microbial pesticides allowed for   organic fruit crops" in the subject "Development of innovative   products and technologies for organic cultivation of fruit plants"   (EkoTechProduct), co-financed by the European Union from the European   Regional Development Fund as part of OPIE. She was also external expert in   the field of protection and cultivation of agricultural crops in organic   farming, Polish representative in the project in the years 2015 - 2018 within   program Horizon 2020, the area of ​​EIP-AGRI   "OK-Net Arable” for more knowledge exchange in organic farming",   the project leader is IFOAM. Additionally she participated in the twinning   project funded by the EU “Further strengthening of capacities of   phytosanitary sector in the fields of plant protection products, plant health   and seeds and seedlings, including phytosanitary laboratories and   phytosanitary inspections” “EU-FITO-BiH”

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Spain 


PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr. Víctor Gonzálvez Pérez

Date of   Birth

December   10th 1957

Academic   Degree

PhD in Agrifood (Agroecological)   Technologies and Sustainable Rural Development

Affiliation   &

Short description of present scientific   activities

 

(Technical) Director   of the Spanish Society for Organic Farming/Agroecology (SEAE). Research and   technical coordination and support to the scientific, innovation,   educational, advise, dissemination and advocacy (network) actions, projects   and activities in organic farming and agroecology fields of SEAE

Interest   in network activities within:

Projects proposals on   co-generation of knowledge and horizontal knowledge share in Organic Farming,   Agroecology and related policies

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Serbia


 

Srdjan

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Dr. Srđan Šeremešić

Date of Birth

03.08.1975.

Academic Degree

Associated professor

Affiliation &

Short description of present scientific   activities

During last 18 years I’ve been affiliated with Faculty of Agriculture,   University of Novi Sad. Currently I work as associated professor of Agroecology,   Basics of Crop Production, Organic Agriculture and Sustainable Agriculture at   the Department of Field and Vegetable crops. My work at the Department   comprises of: work with students (teaching laboratory classes and lecturing),   research, field trips, maintenance of the long-term experiment and extension.   The focus of my research was effects of different crop rotation on soil   properties (physical and chemical) and its relation to crop yield, also   evaluation of common management practices in temperate conditions. The focus   of my research are methods which can be used for improving soil and crops, by   balancing the values of agro-ecosystems, and utilization of methods and   technique which can assure safe and healthy food and reduce undesirable   (side)effects on the environment.

Interest in network activities within:

Project, field experiment, research, knowledge sharing

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Tunesia


 

faten

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Dr. Faten HAMDI

Date of   Birth

28/07/1983

Academic   Degree

PhD

Affiliation   &

Short description of present scientific   activities

 

CEO of a startup   specialized on biological control : first Tunisian unit of benefit insects   mass-rearing

Interest   in network activities within:

Biological   control/R&D/Entomology

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Turkey


 

alev

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Alev Kir

Date of   Birth

11.08.1969

Academic   Degree

Doctorate

Affiliation   &

Short description of present scientific   activities

She is researcher at Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock   (MFAL), General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Politics (GDAR)   (1996-continuing) and was head of the Organic Farming (OF) Department of   Aegean Agricultural Research Institute (AARI, Izmir-Turkey) (2006-2017),   being responsible for three current vegetable and legume research projects in   the national organic farming program of Turkey and COBRA (Coordinating   Organic Plant Breeding Activities for Diversity) Project financially   supported by Core Organic II of Turkey’s activities. She leads the   institution’s organic research, on-farm projects since 1999 and has been   working at Olive Research Institute (ORI) of GDAR. She has worked on a Plant   Genetic Research (PGR) project for ‘Screening of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata   L.) landraces of Turkey’ for drought tolerance of 350 landraces surveyed   and collected from different parts of Turkey and agro-morphologically   identified. She is agronomist and particularly focused on soil fertility and   plant nutrition, fertilization of organic open field vegetables, survey,   collection, agro-morphologically characterization and utilization of   vegetable and legume plant genetic resources under sustainable management   systems (OF and GAP). She has an agricultural engineering degree and BSc and   PhD in Philosophy from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey. She has Member of   ISOFAR (International Society of Organic Agriculture Research) and   Association for Ecological Agriculture Organizations (ETO) of Turkey and   representative of MFAL-GDAR at TP ORGANICS. She was sit on OECD (The   Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) Green Growth and   Sustainable Development Group (2012-2017), Soil Science Association of Turkey   (2000-2010), and ANADOLU (Journal of AARI) Editorial Board (2006-2017). She   attended “Conservation of Soil” (Department of Land, Air and Water Resources   -UC Davis, CA USA), “The Technologies of Input Development on Organic   Vegetables, Fruits and Ornamentals” (The Organic Research Centre -Elm   Farm-ORC Newbury, Berkshire, UK), “Collection, Conservation,   Characterization, Documentation, Evaluation of Plant Genetic Resources and   International Gene Bank Management” (ICARDA (International Center for   Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas) Aleppo Syria), and Vegetable Production   and Organic Farming (IAC (International Agriculture Center)   Wageningen, The Netherlands) thematic scientific programs as study visitor.

Interest   in network activities within:

*organic farming production on olive, vegetables, legumes
  *innovative inputs on plant nutrition under   organic management,
  *bio-energy
  *soil fertility improvement
  *bio dynamic compost
  *Plant Genetic Resources

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United Kingdom


Charles

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Charles N  Merfield

Date of Birth

23 March 1968

Academic   Degree

HND Comm.   Hort., M.Appl.Sci., PhD

Affiliation   &

Short description   of present scientific activities

I am a general agronomist covering   all aspects of sustainable / organic crop production, from soils, through   crop management, pests & diseases, machinery and mechanisation. My key speciality is non-chemical weed management,   with a deep speciality in thermal weeding.   I am currently the head of the BHU Future Farming center which is   dedicated to the science and extension of permanent and whole-system   agricultures and horticultures, such as organic agriculture, ecological   agriculture, agroecology, and biological farming, coupled with a strong focus   on extension / tech transfer to get scientific information out to, and for   the benefit of, all farmers and growers.   Having started my career as an organic vegetable farmer, and with   extensive experience of agriculture and horticulture in Europe, the Americas and New Zealand I also specialise in acting as a bridge between farmers and scientists to help both   sides understand each others domains and ensure that practical farming   projects are will yield positive results for producers and also meet the   needs of scientists.

Interest in   network activities within:

I am always interested in   collaborative research, especially as I am a   generalist and need to team up with specialists when high   levels of technical expertise is require in specific disciplines. With my international   experience, especially of the EU and NZ I can also bridge the cultural and historical   divides to help ensure international projects don’t get lost in translation.

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julia

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Dr. Julia Wright

Date of   Birth

11/02/1963

Academic Degree

PhD   Ecological Agriculture and Food Security in Cuba

Affiliation &

Short description of present   scientific activities

 

Current post: Senior   Research Fellow, Agroecological Futures, Centre for Agroecology, Water and   Resilience, Coventry University.

30 years experience   in international organic farming development in S America, Asia, Africa and   EU.

Currently heading   research programme on Quantum Thinking for Agroecology.

Interest in network activities within:

All on quantum   agriculture

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USA


 

brian baker

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Dr. Brian Baker

Date of   Birth

1958

Academic Degree

Ph.D.   Agricultural Economics

Affiliation &

Short description of present   scientific activities

 

Cornell   University—Minimum Risk Pesticides

Oregon State   University— Developing Multi-use Naked Barley for Organic Farming   Systems

Interest in network activities within:

Organizer of the   Organic Agriculture Research Symposium, 2015, 2016. Co-organizer of Science   Day at BioFach, 2013, 2014, 2015. Vice-Chair of the Technology Innovation   Platform of IFOAM.

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jessica 2

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Jessica Shade

Academic Degree

PhD,   University of California, Berkeley

Affiliation &

Short description of present   scientific activities

 

Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center

The Organic Center is   a non-profit based in Washington DC in the United States with the mission of   convening and conducting credible, evidence-based science on the   environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming and   communicating them to the public. The   Center communicates up-to-date studies on sustainable agriculture and health,   and collaborates with academic and governmental institutions to fill gaps in   knowledge about organic.

Identifying   gaps in our knowledge

One of the most   important things that the Center does is identify areas where there are gaps   in knowledge about organic. The   Organic Center does this through many channels: by holding discussions at   grower meetings, meeting regularly with their scientific advisory board, and   conducting an annual survey.

Put   together a research team

The Center finds   research teams by identifying labs that are working on cutting edge issues,   and by reading papers to find people who are publishing in the most impactful   journals.

Develop   a project and funding

Project development   is important, because the research needs to be directly impactful to organic   stakeholders and have meaning to the target audience. The Organic Center engages stakeholders   throughout the process, and starts by putting together a diverse advisory   board.

Project   management and communication

The Organic Center   does project management throughout the lifespan of the research, and when it   comes to Communication the Organic Center is the main outreach entity for   organic science in the United States.   They use extensive networks, put on webinars and workshops at regional   and national meetings, newsletters, press releases, social media, develop web   pages for each project, and more.

Leverage   results

The Center leverages   the research results into actionable next steps. They use the findings not   only to solve the initial challenge areas that the project addressed, but   also to identify new gaps in knowledge, which starts the cyclical process   over again.

Interest in network activities within:

I am interested in   multiple projects, including collaborative studies, conferences, and   knowledge-sharing across nations. As   the Director of Science Programs for the Organic Center, I have collaborated   on a number of diverse research programs ranging from applied solutions to   on-farm challenges to methods for improving environmental impacts of   agriculture. Some of my most recent collaborations   include projects aimed at finding organic solutions for citrus greening,   analyzing pathogens in animal-based soil amendments, investigating   agricultural contributions to reactive nitrogen in the environment, measuring   on-farm sequestered carbon, and building a biodiversity calculator to allow   growers to manage biodiversity for maximum ecosystem services.

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