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Congress: BIOFACH 2015 - the biggest organic congress in the world. 11.- 14. february, Nuremberg, Germany. The event for organic experts and a professional audience.

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Science Day is to take place on february 13, as part of BIOFACH. A joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.

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General Assembly: European Geosciences Union, General Assembly 2015 12 - 17 April 2015 in Vienna, Austria.

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Conference: ICORIBA, the international conference on research in biodynamic agriculture. 27.-30. august 2015, University of Padova, Conegliano, Italy.

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Conference: 3rd African Organic Conference, 5-9 October 2015 in Nigeria. Theme: "Achieving Social and Economic Development through Ecological and Organic Agriculture Alternatives". Submission deadline for papers is end of March 2015, via organic eprints.

 

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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

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

 

Organic RDD
The Danish Organic Research, Developmnent and Demonstration Programme, ran from 2011-2013.


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The research programme DARCOF III ran in 2006- 2010 and consisted of 15 individual projects.

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