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. All the papers can be found in a two-volume proceedings in the database Organic E-prints: (Volume 1) and (Volume 2).


Against the backdrop of the global challenges, in the scientific track the discussions and presentations focused on the potential of organic farming, considering these topics:

  1. Feeding the world (productivity, efficiency);
  2. Minimizing food chain induced global changes (ecology);
  3. Respect for ethical and cultural issues (ethics);
  4. Improvement of the quality and health benefits of food (quality);
  5. How to make organic prosper and be profitable (economics);
  6. Better cooperation among global research communities (networking).

Research results were presented and discussed in 20 sessions of 1.5 hours each, linked to ordinary scientific disciplines such as soil, plant, animal, economics and social science.

68 papers were presented at poster sessions. ISOFAR gave prizes, composed of a diploma and 100 Euro, for the top 5 papers evaluated by a jury headed by Prof. Dr. Ewa Rembiałkowska (Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland) with collaboration Prof. Dr. Christian Vogl(University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria); Dr. Jaakko Nuutila(Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finland); Dr. Jochen Mayer (Agroscope, Department of Agroecology and Environment, Zürich, Switzerland); Prof.Carmelita Nidea Cervantes(Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, Philippines); Prof. Fasae Oladapo Ayokunle (University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria) and Prof. Oluyinka Benedicta Adewoyin(Federal University Oye-ekiti, Nigeria).

Criteria for poster evaluation were:

-               Nice, logic lay-out

-               Interesting results, of high relevance for organic agriculture

-               Easy to read and understand the message

-               Sound, reliable methods and science


Awarded posters:

´  How reliable are microbial inoculants in agriculture for improving yield and nutrient use efficiency? A meta-analysis of field studies from 1981 to 2015.

Authors: Lukas Schütz, Andreas Gattinger, Matthias Meier, Adrian Müller, Thomas Boller, Paul Mäder, Natarajan Mathimaran (Switzerland)

´  Optimising organic soybean growth under reduced tillage by inline fertilisation with rock phosphate and elemental sulphur.

Authors: Sahar Brahim, Daniel Neuhoff, Ulrich Köpke (Germany)

´  Women in organic cocoa farming systems in Ghana: Empowered?

Authors: Irene Susana Egyir, Joseph Bandanaa, Joseph Clottey, G.K. Ofosu-Budu, Irene Kadzere, Christian Schader, Willem-Albert Toose, Bo Van Elzekker, Emelia Monney and Esther Agyekum (Switzerland – Ghana -Netherlands)

´  The content of bioactive compounds in blackcurrants from organic, biodynamic and conventional production in Poland.

Authors: Ewelina Hallmann, Dominika Średnicka-Tober, Renata Kazimierczak, Ewa Rembiałkowska (Poland)

´  Effects of companion crops on insect pest infestation, yield, and postharvest quality of cucumber (Cucumis sativus) fruit.

Author: Oluyinka Benedicta Adewoyin (Nigeria)



poster jury team

Poster Jury Team


poster winners

Poster Winners and ISOFAR Board Members