Organizers

The Organic World Congress 2020 (OWC 2020) is organized by IFOAM – Organics International together with a consortium of leading French organic organizations. It is managed by a 4-person steering committee.

It is supported by national, regional and local French institutions and partners, key research and education centres, as well as main promoters of organic agriculture in France and Europe.


Co-organizers:

IFOAM - Organics International: Founded in 1972, IFOAM – Organics International is the only global organic umbrella organization, uniting diverse range of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision.


Agence Bio: Created in 2001, Agence Bio is a national public platform that contributes to the development, promotion and professionalization of organic farming in France.


A PRO BIO: A PRO BIO the regional network organisation for the organic sector in the Hauts-de-France region of France (North of Paris). They gather and work daily with local farmers, producers, distributors and consumers. A PRO BIO engages in the development of sustainable, ethical and fair trade practices and supports local entrepreneurs and organic businesses. They also raise awareness on sustainable food and farming practices towards the greater public and local decision makers and institutions, notably encouraging the introduction of organic products in school canteens and catering.


Bio Centre: Bio Centre is an association that promotes organic farming in the Centre-Val-de-Loire region of France. Their purpose is to structure and grow the organic sector regionally, involving and working with the entire local value chain : from farmer to consumer.


Cluster Bio: Cluster Bio promotes the organic sector in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region of France. They work with various stakeholders (from farmers to research centers and corporates), throughout the life cycle of organic agriculture projects. They have a network of more than 300 members.


Ecocert: France’s leading certification agency and was at the forefront of organic farming certification. Ecocert has contributed to the growth of organic agriculture by helping draft French and European regulations.


FNAB (National Organic Farming Federation): FNAB is one of France’s main professional organic farming networks since 1978. FNAB is a national federation that has strong regional presence and working groups across the country.


GRAB (Organic Farming Research Group): GRAB is a research and innovation center recognized for its expertise at national and European level. GRAB carries out organic trials for and with farmers in South-Eastern France.


IBB (Initiative Bio Bretagne): IBB is a professional network of businesses and stakeholders involved in organic farming across Brittany. IBB develops and promotes organic farming and the local organic food industry, supporting and boosting its growth while coordinating regional research and innovation. They are behind the Be Reizh label, the first and only Briton organic label.


InterBio Nouvelle Aquitaine: INTERBIO Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a French, regional, organic association located in Bordeaux. As an interprofessional umbrella, it gathers more than 250 organizations that represent the entire organic value chain and its sectors. INTERBIO promotes and develops the regional organic sector and pursues the mission of introducing organic food in school catering.


InterBio Pays de la Loire: Located in the Loire valley (Pays de la Loire, west of France), InterBio Pays de la Loire is a professional network that develops and promotes organic farming and the local organic food industry, for school catering, restaurants, and specialized shops.


ITAB: ITAB is a technical institute specializing in the development of organic food & farming. ITAB brings together experts from all areas of research to expand the technical knowledge of organic farming methods. ITAB has a strong background in event management, having organized more than 50 scientific and technical events over 20 years.


MABD (biodynamic farming movement): MABD is the federation for regional, national, and French-speaking organizations involved in biodynamic agriculture.


Natexbio: National federation of organic processors and distributors.


Nature et Progrès: Founded in 1964, Nature et Progrès brings together the civil society and professionals in promoting and developing organic farming and sustainable practices. It advocates for Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS).


SYNABIO: SYNABIO is the largest professional French network. It brings together over 160 corporates from the specialist organic processing and distribution sector.


Institutional Supporters

National, regional and local French institutions are supporting the Organic World Congress and are committed to its success.

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Partners:

Partners of the Organic World Congress 2020 have been working on our side since the candidacy of France to organizing the World Congress, back in New Delhi in 2017

ABioDoc: ABioDoc is the National Center for Organic Farming Resources and a department of VetAgro Sup, which manages the only French-language organic farming database (Biobase).


BIOMAS: BIOMAS prepares a wide range of original organic vegetable for the local and the national markets. BIOMAS group includes organized producers. Their farms, family sized, are situated on the north coast of Brittany and benefit from the oceanic climate. Our farmers are proud of their region and soil and try to protect them by practicing environment friendly Farming.


IFOAM France: French representatives and delegates of the International Federation IFOAM - Organics International.


INRA Researchers - Science Forum: INRA is the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and the second largest institution in the world in terms of the number of publications it produces on agricultural, plant, and animal sciences.


Natexpo: Natexpo, the international trade show for organic products, is the event that is shaping the future of organic, organized by and for all the stakeholders in the organic market. For nearly 30 years, it has been a major event for all market players bringing together producers, manufacturers, processors, distributors and specialists in the sector at the national and international level.


BIOFACH: BIOFACH, the World´s Leading Trade Fair for Organic Food. Since 1990, the organic trade sector has met in February each year, at the Exhibition Centre in Nuremberg, Germany. BIOFACH is the place where people share their passionate interest in organic food, get to know each other and exchange views.