The Mediterranean Basin and other regions of the World under Mediterranean climate conditions stand out with natural and agricultural biodiversity, which also shape the production capacity as well as the traditions and culture. Today, climate change, a global risk, and migratory movements more pronounced in the region create interrelated problems and require urgent solutions. In most countries, organic agriculture started more than 40 years ago by practitioners to find the solution to face problems of intensive monocultures and heavy input-use. The first destination was either to supply organic food for the local community or address the demands of the enlarging the European market. Research that followed practice currently feeds practice organic production and marketing. Domestic markets of organic food and non-food produce are now present in almost every country even if at variable degrees. The Mediterranean EU member states lead the production power of the European Union and California with a Mediterranean climate play the same role in the USA.
AgriBioMediterraneo (ABM) was established in 1990 as a regional initiative in Vignola, Italy to exchange experiences for further development of organic. It received recognition as an official IFOAM Regional Group in 1997. The IFOAM Mediterranean Regional Group aims to promote activities and discuss issues common to its members. The Conference will be an important step to further cooperation.
The Conference aims to bring together academia and practice in the Mediterranean as well as in regions where Mediterranean climate prevails. The participants will be able to discuss different facets of the threats to organic agriculture and deliver applicable solutions. The climate change issue is a major threat with high probability and high impact on land, water biodiversity and human resources, which in turn affects the system designs, production patterns, pest, disease, and weed prevalence, human resources, and the marketing channels of organic goods and services. The Mediterranean Sea is already a tragic symbol of migration. Migration whether domestic from rural to urban or to other countries or from one continent to the other will be triggered with climate change. Aging of the population especially in rural requires innovative solutions not only in agriculture but also in related fields. Organic agriculture with basic principles that favor the health of the soil, plant, animal, human and planet as indivisible can bring solutions for agroecosystem management. Services brought by can be better preserved, managed and/or diversified. The Mediterranean diversity embeds healthy diets, culture, and tourism as regional values. Sharing research results, experiences and best practices will contribute to identifying the problems and threats, to discuss a sustainability point of view, to derive applicable solutions and to establish cooperation for future networking.
Topics and Program
The Conference is a two-day meeting composing of oral and poster presentations and panel discussions. The topics embrace but not limited to the following topics: organic primary production and processing of food and non-food commodities of plant and animal origin including aquaculture, wild harvest, policies and standards, inspection and certification, participatory guarantee systems, consumer preferences, markets, social and ethical issues, footprints, nutrition and food safety, waste management, ecotourism, and research and consultancy services.
The abstracts should not exceed 300 words and have a maximum of 5 keywords not included in the title. The abstract should explain how the content is related to a threat and/or a solution.
There will be 4-panel discussions on:
Climate change and impact on the sustainability of organic agriculture, Local products, Mediterranean diet and role of organic food, Agro-ecotourism, Coastal cities, migration problems and best practices in organic agriculture.
The participants may also send abstracts for the panel discussions.
The Conference is organized at the İzmir Fair (Gaziemir) Conference Hall, which also hosts three fairs as Ekoloji for organic products and services, Olivetech for olive and olive oil and Gastronomy during the same period. This creates an opportunity to visit stands and meet the exhibitors.
The conference language will be English. Manuscripts of oral and poster presentations will be evaluated by the scientific committee, and those found suitable will be published in the Proceeding of the Conference. The Proceeding will be posted on the ETO website and relevant websites for wider dissemination.
There will be optional pre- and post-conference tours to organic farms and processing plants and to touristic areas.
Abstract submission deadline: February 14, 2020
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For further information contact: ETO (Association of Organic Agriculture Organizations)
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