Track chairs: Danilo Gambelli, Giuseppina Migliore
Sustainability shall not be limited to the environmental concerns. Improving sustainability of organic farming means to think about a balance with the economic and societal aspects. Fair food prices for both consumers and farmers, gender issues where woman still are deprived of basic rights, vulnerability of small farms in the context of global food markets, are examples of fields where organic farming may represent a possible alternative for a truly sustainable development.
Closer relationships among the operators along the supply chains and closer relationships between consumers, citizens and the organic sector may contribute to a cultural change that may strengthen the future development of organic farming.
The role of policy in this context may be substantial, and not limited to income compensation support. A range of aspects may be considered ranging from changes in regulatory and certification framework, towards more inclusive approaches for small and marginal farmers, to measures supporting social inclusion and preservation of fair labour conditions.
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. Themes related to this track include, but are not limited to:
- Stakeholders involvement and participatory methods in organic farming research
- Participatory management in organic supply chains
- Short organic supply chains, purchase groups, CSA
- The social dimension of the organic food system
- Policy responses to the new challenges of organic 3.0
- Beyond certification: practices to enforce transparency and integrity in the organic system