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In September 2021, the French city of Rennes will receive thousands of visitors for the emblematic Organic World Congress – the largest organic gathering in the world! But did you know that in the days leading up to the congress, some delegates will also participate in one of eight, topic-specific pre-conferences? Interested in joining but don’t know which one to choose? No problem, we have created an overview to help you!

Policies Driving Sustainability in Agriculture

  • Applying the concept of true cost accounting in policymaking
  • Using the power of public contracts
  • Developing organic and agroecological action plans
  • Building a Community of Practice and linking it with related networks
  • Increasing awareness of strong connections between sustainability and ethical values of organic food systems

Date: 7 September 2021

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Organic Animal Husbandry Systems – Their Performances, Potential, Possibilities and Challenges

  • Organic husbandry in a farming system approach
  • Animal-friendly, sustainable feeding and grazing systems
  • Breeding programs and strategies
  • Animal welfare approaches and strategies
  • Animal health and use of bioactive medicinal plants
  • Role of animals for optimizing plant production systems and global agricultural production
  • Organic livestock products and marketing organic livestock practices
  • Importance of livestock to healthy soils, pastures, ecosystems, nutrition

Date: 6-7 September 2021

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Publish or Perish – Intensifying and Qualifying Scientific Publication of Organic Agriculture Research

  • ‘How To’ for scientific publishing in peer-reviewed journals, publication standards, technical procedures and research marketing
  • Introduction to ISOFAR (International Society on Organic Agriculture Research)
  • Research on organic agriculture

Date: 7 September 2021

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Seed Ambassadors: Building an International Network to Advance Organic Seed Systems

  • Celebrating culinary diversity and exploring the potential to breed for taste and flavor
  • Plant breeding methods, approaches, and models for supporting the transition to truly sustainable food systems
  • Participatory plant breeding and seeds as commons as tools to integrate biodiversity in society
  • Supporting the growth and success of the next generation of organic plant breeders and seed ambassadors
  • Innovating a systems approach for organic plant breeding to reflect IFOAM principles, addressing the needs of people and planet

Date: 6-7 September 2020

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Improving Transparency Along the Supply Chain and the Relevance of Organic Farming Statistics

  • Global data on organic agriculture
  • International trade data for the European Union and the US: status and issues
  • The perspective of exporting countries
  • Traceability tools and the role organic farming statistics can play in their improvement
  • Recommendations for tools, actions, interactions, innovations, models, and policies to improve data availability, transparency, and fraud prevention

Date: 7 September 2021

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30 Years of PGS Development: a Root and Branch Appraisal

  • PGS implementation and adaptation in cultural contexts
  • Marketing approaches
  • Participation, motivation, and strategies for ensuring economic viability of PGS initiatives
  • Government recognition and donor support
  • Scope of quality guarantee
  • Benefits of and challenges for upscaling PGS
  • Creation of international PGS networks
  • Best practices for technology, knowledge building, and continuous improvement
  • PGS strategies for building and managing knowledge
  • How PGS initiatives are using digital tools to support social innovation

Date: 6 September 2021

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The Future of Organic Farming and Agroecology in Europe: The Role of Regions

  • Elaborating strategies for the development of organic farming and agroecology management in Europe
  • Have a better understanding of the priorities of different regions across Europe
  • Identify the strategies in place and how to achieve them by making the best use of the new European policy framework

Date: 7 September 2021

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