Track chairs: Paola Migliorini, Albino Maggio
The challenge of organic farming for the next decades is to become a trustable alternative to conventional farming in terms of food production, maintaining the organic principles and projecting them on a wider scale. Innovation at technical, social, ecological and economic levels and constant improvement of best agroecological practices should be encouraged and adapted to the specific local contexts to develop sustainable food systems. Mature organic markets, like in Europe or in North America may benefit from the implementation of a shift of paradigm using agroecological transition to a more ecological food systems approach (transformative agenda). Also Information and Communication Technologies (ICT innovations), precision farming, digital hubs improving supply chains integration could also play a role for an eco-functional intensification of organic production, but if social, political and ecological goal are not implemented it will remain a business-as-usual approach (conservative agenda). Emerging organic production and sector (novel food, ancient varieties, neglected species, feed and seed) may benefit from technical and social advances and opportunities that may support the organic continuous improvement through private- and stakeholder-driven participatory initiatives towards best practices based on local priorities and resources.
We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions from researchers and practitioners on themes related to this specific track. All contribution should provide results relevant for the development of the organic sector with agroecological approach. Themes related to this track include, but are not limited to:
- Scaling up organic: threats and opportunities
- Agroecology and organic: how to implement sustainable food systems
- Innovative or traditional practices in an agroecological approach
- Assessment of sustainable agricultural and food systems
- New opportunities from the development of organic production