18th Organic World Congress

The 18th edition of the IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC) took place from 13 -15 October 2014 in Istanbul. Following the OWC, the IFOAM General Assembly took place on October 16 & 17, 2014.  


Conference Declaration from the 18th Organic World Congress - contribute to the final version!

Based on the many deep and insightful interactions at the Organic World Congress in Istanbul on 13-15 October, IFOAM has drafted the Declaration that will be released in the coming days, to announce the world our accomplishments and intentions. The Declaration has been developed by the session moderators and rapporteurs and awaits suggestions from anyone who attended about improvements that we can make prior to finalizing it. Find the document and share your ideas here, until Friday 24 October.

Conference Tracks

This congress is structured in 3 conference tracks: Main Track, Scientific Track, and Practitioners' Track. In addition, a series of workshops i.e. full sessions organized by interested parties, are highlighting the contributions made by various initiatives from around the organic world.

The Main Track, made up of two parallel sessions titled Organic Vision Building and Growing the Organic World, sees panelists discuss the future direction of the global organic world.

The Scientific Track is designed for researchers to present their latest findings on systems, plant production, animal husbandry, socio-economics, processing, trade, and human nutrition research.

The Practitioners Track provides a forum for the exchange of hands-on knowledge and experiences in the practical and strategic as well as socio-cultural aspects of organic food and agriculture.

The series of workshops is open to institutes and initiatives interested in sharing their expertise with congress attendees.

Further information on the 18th OWC can be found HERE.