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IFOAM Organic World Congress: Call for papers

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Every three years sector stakeholders come together at the Organic World Congress (OWC), the world’s largest and most significant organic gathering, to discuss and deliberate the issues of the day, explains IFOAM. The 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM - Organics International, will take place from the 9th to the 11th of November 2017 in India, now opens its Call for Papers.

The 19th OWC is structured in four conference tracks: Main Track, Farmers Track, Scientific Track, and Marketing Track.The first track is a series of public discussions and debates by leaders from the organic movement on how we can best promote and implement the organic agenda.  The overarching theme is “Global Adoption of Organic Principles for Truly Sustainable Agriculture’.

The Farmers’ Track will highlight farmers’ work in organic especially with regards to innovations used on their farms.

The Scientific Track is a platform where research results are presented and discussed. Papers must link to scientific disciplines such as soil, plant, animal, or economics. All papers should give at least an outline of how the research presented contributes to Organic 3.0 - The next phase of organic development.

And finally the Marketing Track will discuss innovative ideas for shortening value chains, for systems that build trust between actors, for promising marketing methods and for organic and fair trade alliance building. Papers are called for that deal with emerging trends in quality assurance, e.g. PGS (Participatory Guarantee Systems), CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), fair trade and other alternative and integrative systems.

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2016.


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