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Workshop 1 

Tuesday, March 16th

11.20 am - 1.00 pm

Organic farming as a model for implementing SDGs

A steadily growing world population confronts agriculture with the great challenge of producing enough food, managing dwindling resources and not endangering our ecosystem through its own management. It must not exceed our planetary limits. Although it has been possible to raise the level of production to an unprecedented level in recent years through advances in breeding and new technologies, this has had serious impacts on our ecosystem and is therefore not sustainable. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, agriculture must undergo a transformation that takes a holistic approach. Organic agriculture has the potential to master the balancing act between optimal food supply and the preservation of our environment. By creating dignified living conditions for humans and animals, it also contributes to social justice. Through its four pillars of "health, ecology, justice and care", IFOAM considers organic farming to be a pathway to achieving the SDGs in our society. This also implies a change in lifestyle, especially for consumers in the Global North.

In this workshop, we would like to shed light on how the organic agricultural sector (whether officially certified or not) impacts the SDGs. We will base our information on the experiences of experts from development cooperation as well as on hard facts and data (from the Biofach 2021 congress on organic products).

Moderation:

Louise Luttikholt
Executive Director IFOAM - Organics

Impulse:

Markus Wolter
Advisor for Agriculture and Food in the Department of Politics and Global Future Issues, MISEREOR

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