About the conference
It is already the 5th of a series of conferences focusing on the organic sector development in Central/Eastern, Central Asian and neighboring countries. The conference will be held in Kyiv (Ukraine) on 16-17 April 2015. It is organized by Organic Federation of Ukraine (Ukraine) and Organic Services GmbH (Germany).
The conference is meant as a place to network, to meet new partners and trade contacts in a region not easy to access. It presents an excellent opportunity to learn about recent developments, to promote companies activities and to increase recognition. It is an ideal meeting point for all important stakeholders active in the organic sector in the targeted region. It offers the opportunity to learn from each other by reaching out to the leading personalities of the organic sector internationally and in the region.
In the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus agriculture and food industry play important role. Most of the inhabitants live in rural areas. Huge farms contrast with small scale subsistence farming. Some of the best soils worldwide are located in the region, but also areas of heavily degraded agricultural land. The countries have to cope with effects of intensive use of agrochemicals, soil salinity, desertification and water scarcity.
It is organic agriculture that offers the most sustainable solution for developing the agricultural sector and provides not only food security but also food safety with least negative impacts on the environment. Organic farming offers solutions for sound rural development. It provides healthy food, maintains and creates jobs. High quality organic foods are market openers for both national and international markets. This is especially viable for rural areas disadvantaged by policy, technology and globalization.
Organic movement as part of as an integral part of Green Economy continue to develop in countries of the Region.
Organic sector, based on common understanding, modern standards, promotion campaigns, using old traditions with aims to satisfy consumers’ demand with trusted safe products has strong potential to make life better, more prosperous and predictable not only for farmers, but for processors as well.
Experiences and challenges in organic products safety and quality assurance along the product chain will be discussed from the point of view of producers, processors, and certifiers.
Who should attend?
International stakeholders in particular from Central and Eastern European, and Asian countries:
- Multipliers like environmental and rural development NGOs, university members, regional and national government officials, farmers’ and consumers associations
- Organic experts like certifiers, consultants, market experts;
- (Organic) farmers, processors and, of course, traders;
- Other organizations/individuals having interest in the topics of the conference