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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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.