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ICROFS NEWS no.1 April 2015


THE GLOBAL ORGANIC MARKET IS STILL GROWING

NEWS. The global market for organic food has reached 72 billion US$, and 43 million hectares of agricultural land are certified as organic according to data presented by IFOAM at the BIOFACH fair in Nuremberg. The consumer demand on organic produce is significantly increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified, and 170 countries report organic farming activities according to the 2015 edition of the FiBL-IFOAM study “The World of Organic Agriculture.” 
 

NEW TP ORGANIC STRATEGY DEMANDS INCREASE IN ORGANIC RESEARCH
NEWS. TP Organics – a section under the European Technology Platform – has launched a new strategy for organic research and innovation. TP Organics recommends that at least 10 percent of EU’s Horizon 2020-funds should be spent on research in organic agriculture and food systems. The new strategic agenda describes a prioritization of the research and innovation in the European organic sector until 2020. The document will be used to influence funding priorities of both the EU and the national research programmes.
 

ORGANIC FARMING COLLABORATION IS GROWING IN EAST AFRICA
FEATURE. The international project ProGrOV has created a platform where researchers and organic movements in East Africa are sharing knowledge and experiences in order to develop the organic farming sector.
ProGroV focuses on improving productivity and growth in existing organic value chains in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania through research that addresses development of agro-ecological methods, governance, management of organic value-chains, and capacity development in participatory and interdisciplinary approaches.
 

IMPROVED TRACEABILITY CAN ENHANCE TRUST WITHIN THE ORGANIC SECTOR
FEATURE. Management of the information flow among value chain actors through a traceability system is important to enhance consumers’ assurance on safety and quality of food. The food safety consultant Josphat Njenga Gichure has conducted a survey of the organic fresh produce chain in Nairobi. From this survey it is concluded that perception to traceability, documentation, certification, training and monitoring can improve trust between the producers and the traders of the organic sector.  
 

ORGANIC MEAT MUST STAND OUT TO QUALIFY AS A HIGH-VALUE PRODUCT
RESEARCH. Organic meat production has the potential to develop into a more trustworthy high-value production based on local resources and free-range animals. However, organic meat costs significantly more than conventional meat without the consumer necessarily experiencing a great difference in quality. The research project SUMMER has examined whether it could be advantageous for organic meat producers to go for meat products that differs more from conventional.
 
 
ORGANIC TROUT OVA/FRY IS AVAILABLE FROM DANISH HATCHERIES
RESEARCH. Organic aquaculture production is one of the most dynamic food production sectors in Europe and the production has increased rapidly in recent years. Denmark is among the leading European organic aquaculture producers. The Danish annual production in organic aquaculture is currently about 1000 MT of rainbow trout and about 400 MT of blue mussels. Now, one year ahead of the deadline for implementation of a complete organic aquaculture life cycle, organic trout ova/fry is available from Danish hatcheries.
 
 

Upcomming events

29th of April 09:00-17:00 | Venue: 147, rue de l’Université, Paris, France
Biodiversa: Kick-off meeting of the 2013-2014 funded projects in Paris
The BiodivERsA ERA-NET and FACCE-JPI are pleased to invite you to the kick-off meeting of the research projects they funded through their 2013-2014 joint call on "Promoting synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services"

11th-13th of June 10:00-16:00 | Riga, Latvia
9TH EUROPEAN ORGANIC CONGRESS
Join this year's 9th European Organic Congress on 11-13 June in Riga, Latvia.

5th of October 12:00-12:00 | Nigeria
African Organic Conference
3rd African Organic Conference, 5-9 October 2015 in Nigeria.

14th-17th of October Bratislava, Slovakia
5th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences
Bringing Innovations to Organic Farming“ 14th-17th October 2015 Bratislava, Slovakia
 

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