TP Organics (European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming) and TIPI (Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM) again conducted Science Day at BioFach 2015. TP Organics presented their new strategic research and innovation agenda (for EU), and TIPI  presented the draft of the TIPI Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research (for the world). The day was opened by Andre Leu, president of IFOAM, and Marco Schlüter, director of IFOAM EU.

TP Organics strategic research and innovation agenda describes the research and innovation priorities of the European organic sector until 2020. Solving the challenges described will be crucial to drive the development of the sector and strengthen its competitiveness. The new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda will be used to influence funding priorities of EU and national research programmes.

The document demonstrates that increased research investment for the organic sector has much to offer, not only in terms of designing more sustainable production systems, but also for the design of new and resilient business models. TP Organics therefore demands that at least 10% of the Horizon 2020 research budget for agriculture and food production (Societal Challenge 2) be dedicated to the organic sector.

After the launch of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, speakers from the European Commission, both DG Agriculture and Rural Development and  DG Research and Innovation, gave an overview of the instruments available in Horizon 2020 to fund research in the organic sector. 



Photo: Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer, DG Research and Innovation


The TIPI Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research

The vision has been developed at meetings such as earlier Science Days and at the Organic World Congress in Istanbul, Oct. 2014. Input from stakeholders will now be integrated into a new version. Dora Drexler (TIPI vice president and director of the Hungarian Institute of Organic Agriculture ÖMKI) presented the results of a survey on global research needs of organic farmers. In total, 39 main challenges  were identified and grouped by challenges related to organic systems, field practises, inputs, crop management, livestock health, and socio-economic conditions, as well as post-harvest and processing problems. Three stakeholders representing industry, policy and organic agriculture in Africa commented on the vision and recommended revisions.Afterwards, a workshop was conducted to improve the vision. 



Photo: Dr. David M. Amudavi speaking about the
challenges for organic agriculture in Africa.






  Author: Ilse A. Rasmussen, 

  ICROFS (International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems)
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Article published 10th of April 2015