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Congress day I – Thursday, 20 June 2019

Innovation and technology: how organic improves, inspires & delivers agricultural policies



Registration and welcome coffee


Welcome & Introduction


Petre Daea – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania
Jan Plagge - President, IFOAM EU
Opening Plenary: A greener and fairer Common Agricultural Policy for citizens and farmers


The revision of the post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is ongoing. Can the CAP’s new Green Architecture work for the benefit of farmers consumers and rural communities? How can organic farmers contribute towards the CAP objectives under the policy’s New Delivery Model? Can Europe do more with less budget to support its farmers and what can be done about it? Join the high-level discussion with national ministries, European Commission officials, representatives of civil society and farmers
Petre Daea – Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Romania
Pierre Bascou - Director Sustainability and Income Support, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Aard Mulders – Senior Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of The Netherlands
Jan Plagge – President, IFOAM EU
Luc Bas – Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Joachim Rukwied – President, COPA
Tiberiu Cazacioc – Member of Expert Group on CAP, Slow Food
Aina Calafat – SEAE
Coffee break


Plenary: A new European organic action plan - Synergies between the EU, Member State, regional, and city level


During this session we’d like to explore the possibility for a new organic action plan for 2020-2027, how it could contribute to the priorities of the next Commission, as well as the linkages needed between the EU, the national, the regional and the city level, in order for this action plan to be easily implementable and efficient, forward-looking in terms of the development of organics in Europe, as well as making the most of the benefits of organic farming for the environment and fairer food systems
Ioana Dragos - North-West Regional Development Agency
Peter Defranceschi - Head of Brussels Office, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Paul Holmbeck – Political Director, Organic Denmark
Coffee break


Drafting the secondary legislation in an evolving global context


The speech will examine different issues and assess how the ongoing work on the secondary legislation should aim at strengthening the sustainable development of the organic sector, keeping in mind that the consumer’s willingness to pay more for an organic product remains the primary condition
Nicolas Verlet – Head of Unit, Organics, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
Discussion with experts - Organic Regulation


Antoine Faure - EOCC
Marian Blom - Project Manager, Bionext & Board Member, IFOAM EU
Break till the networking dinner


Networking dinner - Sheraton Bucharest Hotel, Calea Dorobantilor 5-7 Bucharest, Romania



Congress day II – Friday, 21 June 2019

Innovation and technology: by organic, for organic



Interactive session: Emerging technologies - what's in it for organics? – Bring your smart phone with you


Prof. Dr Arni Janssen, Farm Technology, Wageningen University
Prof. Dr Rogier Schulte, Farming Systems Ecology, Wageningen University
Coffee break


Parallel workshop sessions


Technological revolution is unfolding in front of our eyes. Will Internet of things, big data analytics and artificial intelligence disrupt our food and farming systems? What are the costs and benefits for organic actors? How do we avoid a digital divide? Take part in finding answers and shaping the best strategy for dealing with the brave new world
Introduction to parallel sessions: Technology - friend or foe? Insights from the experts (Session in English only)


Oskar Marko – Researcher, BioSense
Mute Schimpf - Food Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Europe
Room I: Discussion on social, economic, and environmental issues of digital technologies (Session in English only)

Room II: Discussion on technological, political and ethical issues of digital technologies (Session in English only)

Workshop III: Organic Agriculture Innovation in Romania (Session in Romanian/English languages)

Lunch break


During lunch - Launch of the film We Unite


We invite you to an official launch of 12-minute film produced by IFOAM – Organics International that offers a window into the lives of two organic farmers and the reasons they join the yearly ‘We are Fed-Up’ demonstration in Germany. Along with hundreds of other farmers, they drive their tractors into the heart of Berlin where they unite with thousands of citizens calling for a better food and farming system for all.
Innovation beyond technologies


What is innovation? The morning sessions explore opportunities of digital technologies for the organic sector. Yet, innovation involves a much wider range of interventions than simply the use of new technologies. Innovation is a creative, often bottom-up process. The organic sector takes a systems approach to innovation. Join the panel debate with organic farmers, processors and retailers and discuss how innovation can be strengthened at all levels of the organic value chain
Alfred Grand – Vermigrand
Agnes Papone – Farmer, Lavancia
Evelyne Alcazar Marin - International Manager, Ecovalia
How organic is transforming food and farming, a success story presentation


Flavie Tiret - Retail and Export manager, in charge of Bio Sud Ouest France brand development, Interbio Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Closing statement


Jan Plagge - President, IFOAM EU
End of the congress



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