19th Organic World Congress

19th Organic World Congress (Jaivik Krishi Vishwa Kumbh)   The Organic World Congress Once every three years, IFOAM – Organics International organises the Organic World Congress (OWC) in a...

19th Organic World Congress

(Jaivik Krishi Vishwa Kumbh)

 

The Organic World Congress Once every three years, IFOAM – Organics International organises the Organic World Congress (OWC) in a different country to achieve its vision of the global organic movement and also to provide a platform where organic stakeholders can share their knowledge and expertise and establish valuable partnerships. The OWC is considered the leading event for the development of the organic sector worldwide. It is held to promote and celebrate the inevitable turning of global agriculture to organic farming methods and to measure progress. The last (18th) edition of the Organic World Congress was organised in Istanbul, Turkey in October 2014.

 

19th Organic World Congress

(Jaivik Krishi Vishwa Kumbh)

India won the bid to host the 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM – Organics International at a very critical time in its agricultural history. The organic food movement has grown four times in the last three years. The OWC will no doubt play a critical and unprecedented role in supporting the Indian organic farming movement and tilting India’s agriculture policy firmly and irrevocably in the direction of organic.At the same time, it will enable solidarity among organic farmers and organic farming associations across

continents, supporting the efforts of the Intercontinental Network of Organic Farming Organisations (INOFO). For these reasons, the theme of the 19th OWC is ‘An Organic World through an Organic India.’ India has been in the business of agriculture for over ten thousand years. The earliest signs of agriculture are found in the ruins of Mohenjo-daro and Harappa. There are several texts and manuals written over this long period on the growing of crops and their safeguarding from disease. This sustainable tradition

was abandoned in some areas of the country in the mid-60s with the advent of the Green Revolution. In these areas, most notably Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh in the north, and some pockets in south India, indigenous farming methods based on organic inputs gave way to farming with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and seed purchased from corporations.The organic farming movement in India regained its strength and momentum in the mid-

80s, as the negative impacts of chemicals, monocultures, excessive irrigation, and high cost inputs came home to roost.Today more than half a million organic farmers have turned to farming methods that transcend both modern and traditional techniques to produce a state-of-the-art profession that radically improves on both. The OWC will focus on showcasing the

innovative and path-breaking work of the organic farmers of Asia, Africa, and South America to the rest of the world, with a strong emphasis on the pioneer: India.With so many organic farmers expected to be present on this occasion,naturally they will be making a significant number of presentations

themselves.This Congress also expects to see fruitful interactions between

scientists from across the world and agricultural research agencies and institutions of the Government of India, and several State Governments as well.

 

Event  Venue

7 – 8 November 2017        Pre-conferences

9 November 2017              Inauguration

9 November 2017             Cultural Evening

9-11 November 2017        Organic World Congress

Tracks: Main Track,

Farmers Track, Scientific

Track, Marketing & Quality

Assurance Track

Workshops

9-11 November 2017        BIOFACH INDIA together with

INDIA ORGANIC (Trade Fair)

11 November 2017           Motions Bazaar

12-13 November 2017      General Assembly of IFOAM – Organics                                                            .                                                          International.

 

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