The conference intends to answer the following question: How can research contribute to bridge the current gap between Africa and Europe, with respect to organic agriculture?

 

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Organic farming systems and food production are crucial for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. FAO recently declared that organic farming can enhance food security, rural development, sustainable livelihoods and environmental integrity by building capacities of stakeholders in organic production, processing, certification and marketing worldwide. As African Organic Agriculture (OA) is concerned, it’s is gaining success through the Ecological and OA Initiative (EOA-I), but stakeholders and decision makers along with scientists should provide more support to develop OA in Africa. In the other side of the Mediterranean, EU regulation has been revised and yet to be implemented in 2021, what will affect the import of organic products from third parties mainly from African countries.

 

Many research and development institutes and scientists in Africa are developing innovative techniques for more productive organic systems. These efforts need to be embedded in an international research context. A further challenge is how to reduce the gap between smallholder farms and industrialized organic export farms.

 

The objectives of the conference are:

  • Merge a critical mass of scientific capacity and skills from Europe and Africa, to deliver sustainable solutions by working at practical and theoretical level;
  • Bring together high profiled scientists from both continents to discuss issues about organic inputs, innovation, organic research funding, ethics and address recommendations to relevant certification and regulation bodies;
  • address and confront African potentials to expand traditional organic agriculture in terms of genetic, agro-climatic and sociocultural diversity;
  • Strengthen the "Organic Alternatives for Africa" initiative and to facilitate the integration of OA into strategic policies and the agricultural development program
  • Discuss how OA in Africa can be further developed as a sustainable and reliable model to ensure food safety for all, in the framework of the AAA Initiative following the COP22 recommendations (Marrakech, Morocco 2016).

 

The conference website will be launched in few days.

 

Abstracts to be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

Relevant links

http://www.agriculture.gov.ma/en/pages/strategy

http://www.aaainitiative.org/

 

 


Author information

Azim Khalid

Researcher in Organic Horticulture and Composting Optimization

INRA-Agadir

Morocco