The Organic World Congress (OWC) was held in New Delhi, India from 9 to 11 November 2017 to promote and celebrate the inevitable turning of global agriculture to organic farming methods and to measure progress. This open forum offered a global platform for exchange, benefitting a number of different organic stakeholders, including local and global organic movements, farmers, governments, international development agencies, policy-makers, researchers, scientists, and trade.
The GLI team attending the OWC consisted of Emilia Law, Eleanor Nash, William Matupi, Brogan McCawley, Karolina Sliwinska, Laura Yoshimoto Turpin. They were accompanied by two academic staff, Dr Juan Miguel Kanai (Department of Geography) and Dr Sanjay Lanka (School of Management).
This event provided a forum for those interested in sustainable agriculture, sustainable supply chains and trade to interact with policy makers and practitioners alike. As part of this experience, policy analysts benefitted from the following:
- In-depth exposure to organic farming in India along with access to global thinking, research and practice on organic farming from around the world.
- Access to work being done by governments worldwide to convert agriculture to organic methods.
- Building awareness of the latest data through IFOAM – Organics International on organic farming worldwide, including the latest growth data.
- Exposure to seed conservation work that is being carried out within official and non-official seed agencies and networks, especially in the area of open pollinated seeds.