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ISOFAR Newsletter no. 2, 2015

Dear ISOFAR members and supporters.
I hope you will enjoy the second issue of the web-based ISOFAR newsletter.
News are regularly published on our website, and a few times per year compiled into a newsletter submitted by e-mail to keep in touch with all our members and supporters.

The current issue contains outputs from the organic World Expo in Goesan, Republic of Korea in September, reports from Nigeria on the third African Organic Conference in October and a national event in November, and a country report from Morocco. Our President is currently working in Ethiopia, where organic agriculture has a role to play in a sustainable development. Further, you can read about the successful  final meeting of the CORE Organic COBRA-project, and Italian efforts to strengthen organic agriculture. An effort has recently been made to update the ISOFAR proceedings-section of the website. Proceedings from ISOFAR events are freely available for all. Our scientific journal Organic Agriculture (Springer) has a nice progress, and welcomes your next paper!

Please remember that the website is open for all ISOFAR members and supporters who want to publish news about events, projects, networks and the status of production and research in organic agriculture within your country (country report), or institute (institute profile). Potential authors and contributors are welcome to get in touch by e-mail ( to agree about details.
The end of 2015 is coming near, and I wish for all ISOFAR members and supporters a peaceful and productive new year.
Anne-Kristin Løes, Vice president of ISOFAR.


ISOFAR 2015 Goesan International Organic Expo + Industry Fair

Isofar Expo 2015 became an event of unexpected high public interest and awareness. At the closing ceremony it was anounced that more than 1 million visitors came to Expo 2015, an overwhelming figure and encouraging response in a county which is on the way to become the ecological, green centre of Korea.


The 3rd African Organic Conference (3AOC) was held in Lagos, Nigeria during 5 – 9 October, 2015, with 220 participants from 28 countries.


Country report: Morocco

Morocco has a significant horticultural production, and the organic sector has grown rapidly since its establishment in 1986. AMABIO, the Moroccan Association of Organic Production Chain Value, is a driving force, offering technical assistance to farmers and working towards the government on development strategies for organic agriculture in Morocco. 

COBRA: Final Conference 24-25 Nov. 2015

COBRA is a three year Core Organic II project that coordinates organic breeding activities with 41 partners in 17 different countries. The project has been led by the Organic Research Centre in UK. The final conference took place on 24-25th Nov. in Denmark and was attended by a large number of participants from all 17 different countries.

One World - No Hunger: OF in Ethiopia

With 97 million people by 2015, a rapidly growing population and vulnerability towards stricter weather conditions, Ethiopia faces challenges linked to agriculture. International cooperation contributes to solutions, also within the organic farming sector as shown by this report from the German initiative “One World No Hunger”.


New action plan for Italy

The Italian Ministry for Agriculture (MiPAAF) is about to release a new strategic action plan for the organic food and farming sector. The plan, discussed with Italian stakeholders, will be presented to the Italian Regions in December and then officially launched.


Join the Action Network: Organic can feed the planet

The International Action Network "Organic can feed the planet" (Action Network) intends to position organic agriculture within the global debate on food security by providing evidence that the organic alternative is not just another way to produce commodities


Goesan Declaration

ISOFAR Organic 3.0 Scientific Symposium ‘Organic 3.0: Innovation with Research’. The ISOFAR 2015 Goesan International Organic Expo + Industry Fair is the largest organic event of 2015, which aims to promote sustainable agriculture and ecological life where People live in harmony with Nature.


President's note

ISOFAR President Gerold Rahmann, currently working in Ethiopia, summarizes the activities of ISOFAR during 2015 in a letter to all members and supporters.


Organic Alternative for Africa

ISOFAR supports the development of organic agriculture in Africa by networking with relevant initiatives and organisations, such as “Organic Alternative for Africa”, initiated by IFOAM.

Nigeria: National conference
Professor Victor Idowu Olowe made an article with hightlights from 10th organic agriculture conference in Nigeria in November.

Find relevant news about upcoming events and conferences on our website

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