The 3rd Organic Asia Conference & 5th OFIA Summit
The 3rd Organic Asia Conference will take place on 16-21 September in Bislig City, the Philippines. The theme for the conference is “Go! Go! Go! Organic Asia! One Big Family on Innovations and Sustainability”.
Bislig City, the host of the conference, has a prominent organic agriculture program and aims to become the “Model Organic City in the Philippines by 2020”. The Mayor will give a short presentation about the city’s organic pathway.
This year, the Organic Asia Conference will bring together representatives from the governments of 21 countries in Asia, stakeholders from the organic sector, youth, indigenous groups and the local people of Bislig City to share and exchange best practices in organic agriculture development, to find common ground on how to develop the organic sector, and to discuss how organic agriculture can help achieve the SDGs.
By gathering these societal stakeholders together, the Organic Asia Conference works to institutionalize the mechanisms of enhanced cooperation which will move forward organic food systems and consumption across Asia.
The Organic Farming Innovation Award Summit
The 5th Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) Summit will also take place on 21st of September, within the wider Organic Asia Conference, drawing special attention to the topic of ‘innovations’ in organic agriculture.
This Innovations Summit, hosted by IFOAM – Organics International and the Rural Development Administration of Korea will bring together speakers from around the world who will present concrete case studies and inspiring stories highlighting system level innovations.
The Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) is the prize of the organic movement to highlight organic innovations of scientists, extension agents and practitioners. Once every three years, at the Organic World Congress (OWC), the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of the Republic of Korea, IFOAM - Organics International and IFOAM Technology Innovation Platform (TIPI) award great organic innovations and their discoverers.
By highlighting the innovations, OFIA wants to motivate innovations and to boost their uptake around the world.