Implementing Innovative Ecological Solutions for Farmers and Rural Communities



More than 150 people attended the 8th European Organic Congress in Bari. The congress focused on implementing innovative ecological solutions for farmers and rural communities and the participants shared their views on the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI), rural development and the organic regulation review.


The participants came to the conclusion that  the approval of new rural development programmes by the European Commission must ensure national and regional authorities demonstrate their commitment to make the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) a sustainable success. Prerequisites for the sustainability of the CAP include comprehensive support for organic farming and agro-ecological approaches in all new programmes to 2020 as it is already the case within the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI).


Organic farming is prioritised in the EIP-AGRI. Organic farmers are innovative by nature. They have always developed new practices on their farm and in a multi-disciplinary approach. Organic and other agro-ecological food and farming systems are at the cutting-edge of sustainable production and consumption.


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TP Organics 175x94ARC2020 175x94Gal terre di Murgia 175x94Murgia pride 175x94

Patrons and supporters

 European Parliament 175x94patronage_Expo2015Milano_EN_CMYK_175x94 Fondation de France 175x94Provincia di Bari 150x94Valenzano-Stemma_175x94Aoel 175x94

Main sponsors
Wessanen 175x94Ecovalia 100x94

Congress sponsors

Alnatura 350x94Ariza 175x94

Sana 175x94Suolo e Salute 175x94Valoritalia 175x94
This conference is co-financed by the European Community, Directorate-General for the Environment. The sole responsibility for this communication lies with the IFOAM EU Group. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.

Program Schedule
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14:40 Opening Plenary: Towards ecological and innovative solutions under a new CAP
16:30 Innovation potential of organic and agroecological food & farming
20:00 Networking dinner
Speaker Lineup
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Cosimo Lacirignola
Secretary-General of CIHEAM Topic: Welcome speech Day 1 – 10 September, 2014
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Matteo Bartolini

Matteo Bartolini
CEJA Topic: Rural development: opportunities for organic farming and agro-ecological ...
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Pasquale Lorusso

Pasquale Lorusso
Director Local Action Group Terre di Murgia Topic:  Rural development: opportunities for ...
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