In the years leading to the OFIA Awards, the OFIA secretariat and committee organize annual innovation summits to explore the areas in organic agriculture in need of innovative solutions. They are also an opportunity to present past and present innovations to a large audience.
First OFIA Sumit
The first OFIA Summit took take place on September 12, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, during the 2nd IFOAM Organic Animal Husbandry Conference. The Summit shared innovative experience from around the world including the OFIA winner 2011 from Bangladesh and identified research priorities for organic livelihoods, that were summarized in the event declaration which can be downladed:
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Second ofia summit
The second OFIA Summit was embedded in the fourth Latin American Congress on Agroecology in Lima in September 2013 http://www.socla-peru.com/. 250 participants of the 2nd OFIA Summit followed impressive presentations on how to create an innovative climate illustrated on success cases from around the world particularly from Cuba, Bolivia, Kenya and Korea.
third ofia summit
The third OFIA Summit will be held on October 2, 2015, during the Regional Conference on Marketing & Innovation in Organic Farming on October 2 -3, 2015 at the Organic Expo in Goesan County, Chungbuk Province of South Korea. The Summit will have the thematic focus on System Innovations in the Organic Agriculture sector. The keynote speakers will present concrete case studies highlighting large scale, system level innovations from Africa, Asia and Europe with impressive uptake.