18th IFOAM Organiz World Congress
ICC, 13-15 October 2014, İstanbul
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The OWC 2014 will involve a total of three tracks: Main Track, Scientific Track, and Practitioners' Track, each exploring the global organic industry from numerous perspectives. In addition, a series of workshops will also be held highlighting the contributions various initiatives are making to the organic world.

Main Track
Scientific Track
Practitioners' Track



Main track will examine issues, both current and future, impacting on the global organic world.

The Main Tracks are two parallel sessions during the OWC breakout sessions, which are leading a discussion on the future direction of the global organic world. Each session has a short theme description and leading questions to guide discussion.

Please click on each session for more detailed information.

Sessions (Last updated: 17.07.2014)

  Session Main track A:
Organic Vision Building
Common development of the future values, principles and positions for concerted action
Main track B:
Growing the Organic World
Development of common guidance for the decentralized building of the Organic future
13 October 2013 Monday 1 Opening Plenary Setting the Scene
2 Achievements
11:30 - 13:00
Organic Visions and Trends
Sustainability of Organic Agriculture: achievements and shortcomings
(Fish bowl)
Local Sector Development
Developing national Organic sectors: the key lessons
(Panel discussion)
  • Elizabeth Henderson, NOFA, USA
  • Beate Huber, FiBL, Germany
  • Mathew John, IFOAM WB/Keystone Foundation, India
  • Urs Niggli, FiBL, Switzerland
  • Allan Savory, Savory Institute, Zimbabwe
  • Saparbek Alymkulov, Bioservice, Kyrgyzstan
  • Daniel Bärtischi, Biosuisse, Switzerland
  • Bo van Elzakker, Louis Bolk Institute, The Netherlands
  • Joelle Katto-Andrighetto, IFOAM, France
  • Roberto Ugas, IFOAM WB & Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru
3 Issues 1
14:30 - 16:00
Food Security
Organic Agriculture can nourish the world: Eco-intensification and productivity development
(Fish bowl)
Organics Beyond Food
Textiles, body care products, amenity horticulture and energy production
(Panel discussion)
  • Irene Kadzere, FiBL, Switzerland
  • Andre Leu, IFOAM WB, Australia
  • Theresa Marquez, Organic Valley, USA
  • Urs Niggli, FiBL, Switzerland
  • Rita Schwentesius-Rindermann, University of Chapingo, Mexico
  • Andrea Bischof, Helvetas, Switzerland
  • Francis Blake, Soil Association, UK
  • Jaclyn Bowen, Quality Assurance International, USA
  • Simon Ferrigno, Freelance Consultant, UK
  • Liu Qing Dong, China Organic Food Limited, China
  • Liesl Truscott, Textile Exchange, UK/USA
  • Marci Zaroff, Marci Zaroff Sustainable Brands, USA
4 Issues 2
16:30 - 18:00
Social and Environmental Challenges
Climate change, loss of (bio)diversity, natural resource depletion, social marginalization etc: Our adaptation and mitigation contribution
(Fish bowl)
Market Advancement
Acceleration of developments for tomorrow's organic markets
(Panel discussion)
  • James Benjamin Cole, IFOAM WB & Eloc Farms, Uganda
  • Andreas Gattinger, FiBL, Switzerland
  • Bernd Horneburg, George August University, Germany
  • Andre Leu, IFOAM WB, Australia
  • Cecilia Sundberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Thomas Bernet, FiBL, Switzerland
  • Volkert Engelsman, IFOAM WB & Eosta, The Netherlands
  • Atila Ertem, ETO, Turkey
  • Matthew Holmes, IFOAM WB & OTA Canada, Canada
  • Manoj Menon, ICCOA, India
14 October 2013 Tuesday 5 Mid-Conference Plenary Outside views of great thinkers
6 Issues 3
11:30 - 13:00
Organic Agriculture for Development
Potentials and challenges for improving rural livelihoods
(Fish bowl)
Environments Conducive to Organic Expansion
Policies and joint activities
(Panel discussion)
  • Mohammad Al-Oun, Jordan National Centre for Research and Development, Jordan
  • Willy Douma, Hivos International, The Netherlands
  • Mehmet Ozokumusoglu, Dogan Organic, Turkey
  • Bhola Shresta, Helvetas Nepal, Nepal
  • Melody Meyer, United Natural Foods, USA
  • Balasubramanian A.V, CIKS, India
  • Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU Group, Belgium
  • Ulrich Hoffmann, UNCTAD, Germany
  • Matthew Holmes, IFOAM WB & OTA Canada, Canada
  • J.P Saini, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, India
7 Issues 4
14:30 - 16:00
The future of family farming amidst changing structures in the agricultural sector
(Panel discussion)
Re-thinking Organic Certification
Must Organic certification fundamentally change for an Organic world?
(Fish bowl)
  • Elisabeth Atangana, CNOP-CAM & PROPAC, Cameroon
  • Cristina Grandi, IFOAM Rome Office, Italy
  • Paulo Peterson, AS-PTA, Brazil
  • Anton Pinschof, FNAB, France
  • Edith van Walsum, ILEIA, The Netherlands
  • David Gould, IFOAM, USA
  • Gerald A Herrmann, Organic Services, Germany
  • Hanspeter Schmidt, Hpslex, Germany
  • Gabriela Soto, IFOAM WB & CATIE, Costa Rica
  • Leslie Zuck, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, USA
8 Strategy Building 1
16:30 - 18:00
Institution Building
Organic Agriculture in the landscape of sustainability initiatives
(Panel discussion)
Regional Priorities
Regional strategy implementation, global collaboration
(Fish bowl)
  • Diane Bowen, IFOAM, USA
  • Lara Koritzke, ISEAL Alliance, UK
  • Andrew Lawson, University of New England, Australia
  • Cecilia Sundberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • Shaikh Tanveer Hossain, Friends in Village Development Bangladesh, Bangladesh
  • Julia Lernoud, El Rincón Orgánico, Argentina
  • Karen Mapusua, POETCom, Fiji
  • Eva Torremocha, IFOAM WB & Sociedad Española de Agricultura Ecológica, Spain
  • Stefan Zwoll, BöLW, Germany
15 October 2013 Wednesday 9 Strategy Building 2
09:30 - 11:00
A call for innovations that change the (organic) world
(Fish bowl)
Making Organic Mean Sustainable
Bringing the Principles of Organic Agriculture fully into practice can make organic the mainstream approach to sustainability
(Panel discussion)
  • Mustafa Akyüz, ETKO, Turkey
  • Véronique Chable, INRA, France
  • Kellee James, Mercaris, USA
  • Urs Niggli, FiBL, Switzerland
  • Vanaja Ramprasad, Green Foundation, India
  • Katherine DiMatteo, Sustainable Food Trade Association, USA
  • David Gould, IFOAM, USA
  • Niels Halberg, ICROFS, Denmark
  • Vijayalakshmi K., CIKS, India
  • Louise Luttikholt, Helvetas, Germany
10 Action Plan to 2017
11:30 - 13:00
The Roadmap to Sustainability
The Organic World 2017 and 2020: What changes do we want to see at the next OWCs?
(Panel discussion)
Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture
The Organic Sector in 2017 and 2020, and how to get there
(Fish bowl)
  • Katherine DiMatteo, Sustainable Food Trade Association, USA
  • Siemon George, Organic Valley, USA
  • Sümer Hasimoglu, Eastern Anatolian Agricultural and Livestock Production Association, Turkey
  • Gunnar Rundgren, Grolink, Sweden
  • Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU Group, UK
  • Roberto Ugas, IFOAM WB & Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru
  • Laura Batcha, OTA, USA
  • Volkert Engelsman, IFOAM WB & Eosta, The Netherlands
  • Udo Funke, Biofach, Germany
  • Manjo Smith, Namibian Organic Association, Namibia
11 Closing Plenary Conclusions