Programme

The OWC Conference Tracks

A Call for Contributions will be launched soon

We will be publishing information very soon on how to submit a paper, case study or other contribution to the Organic World Congress.

The 21st IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC) 2024 has been designed to address the multifaceted challenges and opportunities within the global organic movement.

The congress’s theme, “Cultivating Organic Solutions for True Sustainability,” necessitates a comprehensive exploration of various aspects of organic agriculture.

To achieve this, the congress is structured around four core tracks, each developed to focus on critical areas that drive sustainable agricultural practices and policies. These tracks reflect both local and international concerns, ensuring that discussions and outcomes are relevant to diverse contexts across the globe.

This track emphasises the integration of organic principles into everyday life, focusing on how organic practices can enhance personal well-being, community health, and cultural heritage. It explores ways to promote organic living as a holistic approach that encompasses diet, health, and environmental stewardship.

Globally, this track addresses the growing consumer demand for organic products and the shift towards healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. It highlights the role of organic agriculture in fostering global well-being and cultural diversity, encouraging practices that can be adapted to different regions and communities worldwide.

In Taiwan, the promotion of organic culture and lifestyle is crucial for preserving indigenous and traditional farming practices and integrating them with modern sustainable living. By emphasizing local organic food systems, community health, and cultural heritage, this track seeks to strengthen the connection between people and their food sources, encouraging more sustainable lifestyle choices.

This track is dedicated to the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and best practices among organic farmers, researchers, and practitioners. It aims to facilitate collaborative learning and innovation, ensuring that successful organic farming techniques and research findings are shared widely and adapted to various contexts.

Internationally, this track fosters a global community of organic practitioners who can learn from each other and collaborate on solving common challenges. By promoting the exchange of ideas and techniques, it supports the development of more resilient and adaptable organic farming systems worldwide, facilitating global agricultural progress.

For Taiwan, sharing knowledge and practices is vital to enhance local organic farming methods and integrate innovative techniques from other regions. This track supports the development of local expertise and encourages the adoption of best practices that can improve productivity and sustainability in Taiwanese agriculture and beyond.

This track explores strategies to expand and strengthen organic markets while maintaining the core values of organic agriculture. It focuses on sustainable business models, market integrity, consumer trust, and the economic viability of organic farming.

Globally, the track addresses the challenges and opportunities in growing organic markets in different regions. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining organic integrity and consumer trust, which are essential for the continued growth and success of the organic sector worldwide. By exploring sustainable market strategies, it helps create economic opportunities for organic farmers globally.

In Taiwan, expanding the organic market is crucial for supporting local farmers and providing consumers with access to organic products. This track addresses the need for robust market infrastructure, certification processes, and consumer education to build a trustworthy and vibrant organic market.

This track examines the powerful role of progressive policies in promoting and scaling up organic and agroecological practices. It focuses on the development and implementation of policies that support sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation, and social equity.

Internationally, this track addresses the need for cohesive policy approaches that facilitate the global transition to sustainable farming systems. It explores how international bodies, national governments, and local authorities can collaborate to create policies that promote organic farming, environmental sustainability, and social justice. By advocating for supportive policies, it helps drive systemic change towards global sustainability.

For Taiwan, developing supportive policies is essential for the expansion of organic farming and the integration of agroecological principles into mainstream agriculture. This track highlights the importance of government and institutional support in creating a conducive environment for organic agriculture to thrive.