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ESA congress, The European Society for Agronomy will take place 25-29 August 2014 in Debrecen, Hungary.

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The 65th Annual Meeting of the EAAP will take place in
Copenhagen from 25-29 August 2014. Read more



The 3rd West African Organic Conference will take place in Cotonou, Benin, 27-29 August. Read more


The European Organic Congress will take place September 10-12, 2014 in Bari, Italy. Read more



18th IFOAM Organic World Congress, ICEC, 13-15 October, 2014, Istanbul.
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Conference in California: Organic food systems, 1-2 November, 2014.

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ICROFS International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems

A ½ day seminar: Agro-biodiversity and Ecosystem services

Presentation by Ivette Perfecto, Professor in Ecology and Natural Resources, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, USA

The impact of agro-biodiversity and eco-system services in development or A new vision for a just, sustainable and productive agriculture


In this presentation I challenge the assumption that increasing yields should be a priority under all circumstances.

Today we produce enough food to feed the world but still there are 1 billion people that are hungry. The problem is not that there isn’t enough food but the poor people don’t have access to that food.


Then I examine the relationship between biodiversity and agriculture and the idea that biodiversity provides ecosystem services. I describe an example showing that complex ecological interaction result in the control of insect pests. Then I discuss the debate between two paradigms regarding agriculture and conservation of biodiverisy: separation (land sparing) versus integration (land sharing), and argue that the separation paradigm is flawed.

I finish with a discussion of what I perceived is needed to solve the biodiversity and food crises in the world: a focus on small-scale agroecological farms with strong social and ecological relationships.


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The European Union supports organic research in Europe.



The main idea of CORE organic is to coordinate research programmes between the 21 partner countries.


TP Organics

TP Organics is a European technology platform fororganic food and farming research. Read more...


The EU research project SOLID on Sustainable Organic and Low Input Dairying runs from 2011-2016. Read more...


The EU project, VOA3R, is aimed at sharing scientific and scholarly research related to agriculture, food, and environment. Read more...



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Organic RDD 2
The danish Organic Research, Development and Demonstration Programme, RDD 2, runs from 2014-2018.


Organic RDD
The Danish Organic Research, Developmnent and Demonstration Programme, runs in 2011-2013.

The research programme DARCOF III runs in 2006- 2010 and consists of 15 individual projects, ending in 2010...





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