NewsInspiration, science and innovation: how the future of the organic farming industry is shaping up
On 28 February 2023, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) for the fourth time organized the Organic Agriculture – Sectoral Conference, which on this occasion was hosted in Kecskemét, at the Neumann János University CAMPUS. The goal of the conference was to share and discuss the most important opportunities, challenges and experiences that are determining the future of organic farming, with an inspirational overview of the most outstanding international practices.
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Globally and in the EU, the market for organic products continued to grow in 2021
The latest statistics on worldwide organic farming have been published
BIOFACH, the world's largest international fair presenting organic products, was held in Germany between 14 and 17 February 2023. During these four days, in addition to getting to know the companies involved in the production of organic food and their products, an international expert conference was convened, and included a number of sessions discussing the strategic issues currently facing the sector, including questions of policy, sustainability, science and trade. One of the most prominent recurring events at BIOFACH is the presentation of the statistical yearbook on organic farming worldwide. The latest edition of ‘The World of Organic Agriculture’, published by FiBL/IFOAM, gives an idea of the global, European and domestic situation of organic farming based on 2021 data. The now traditional session held by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi), featuring decision-makers from Central and Eastern Europe, likewise attracted great interest.Details
Participatory Breeding in the 21st Century - New Publication
Participatory Breeding in the 21st Century, or can the ancient knowledge of plant breeding return to those who cultivate the land? Theoretical and practical information for organic farmers involved in participatory breeding activities
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What was New in Organic Agriculture in 2022?
2022 was full of extra challenges for Hungarian agriculture as a whole. However, the difficulties again show that in a rapidly changing world, future-proof agroecological production methods are extremely valuable, and provide a reliable reference point. More EU and domestic resources than ever before have been made available to Hungarian farmers for organic production and transition, and the Hungarian Organic Action Plan, which came into effect in 2022, is encouraging further development in the sector. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) is strengthening domestic knowledge transfer and the sustainability revolution through its wide-ranging and expanding research, as well as its growing role in EU projects.
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FiBL: Visiting Friends of Agrobiodiversity Across Europe
A tour to explore how organic plant breeding contributes to sustainable food systems
The publication takes readers on a journey to 15 organic plant and animal breeding initiatives in Europe. Every initiative is presented by a person involved in the initiative. For each initiative, the aims and challenges are described. The selected examples give a good insight into the great diversity of initiatives to maintain and promote biodiversity in organic crops and animal species.
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Research summary of "Development of complex technology for organic and low-input soy production"
A criteria system for assessing the suitability of soybean varieties for organic production
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