While this conference is a scientific event in the first place, we belive that direct interaction between researchers, practitioners, business and government will be needed in order to truly advance organic agriculture in the tropics. Scientists must be aware of the practical bottlenecks and needs in the daily practice of organic farming, in order to contribute meaningfully to the advancement of the organic sector. Similarly, farmers, business and government administrations must learn about the potential and limitations of research in organic farming, and help to set the research agendas. In order to foster such interactions, we will organize workshops on the third day of the conference, which will be partially plenary and partially run in parallel with scientific sessions. We expect the participation of farmers and farmers’ organisations, extension services, organic farming certification bodies, traders of organic produce, government administrations active in organic farming regulation, certification and marketing, and scientists.
We are still working on the practical organization of these workshops. Any ideas and suggestions on the contents and practical organization of these workshops are still highly welcomed. You can confirm your interest in participation in these workshops during registration for the conference. You can also send your suggestions to the conference secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org).