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December 2007 No. 6


QLIF Training and Exchange workshop
2008

Concept for QLIF
workshops at 2nd ISOFAR conference

QLIF research in
focus of JSFA

Handbook of
Organic Food Safety
and Quality

Tutorial for
uploading papers
to Organic Eprints



QLIF research
articles on:

Low salmonella
shedding
in outdoor pigs

Measures influencing
udder health in
organic dairy farms

Effect of agronomic management
practices
on lettuce quality

Importance of international
training
and exchange



Notes


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Concept for the QLIF workshops during the Modena 2008 Conference

by Urs Niggli and Helga Willer, FiBL

The scientific part of the 16th Organic World Congress of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) will be organised by the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) and thus constitute the 2nd ISOFAR Conference.

The main contribution of QLIF to the scientific part of the Congress will be the organisation of several interdisciplinary workshops. These workshops will aim to summarize and synthesize the results and data gained during the first four years of the QLIF project. In total, five workshops will be held.

In addition, work package related data will be presented at the 2nd ISOFAR Conference. These papers will be peer reviewed by ISOFAR and published in their proceedings.

The planning and organization of the five thematic QLIF workshops will constitute the 4th International Congress of QLIF and the aims of the individual workshops are further described below. The workshop themes are related to the following five issues of organic and low input farming systems:

  • product quality
  • safety of foods
  • crop productivity
  • livestock productivity
  • resource efficiency

 
 
 
 

Preparation and management of the workshops

For each workshop, a synthesis paper will be prepared by one to three authors. These synthesis papers will include the current status of knowledge in literature. The synthesis papers will be available at the conference and at the QLIF website.

Each workshop will have an excellent chairperson able to moderate a high level interdisciplinary discussion.

At the beginning of the workshop, the synthesis paper will be summarized by the author(s). Two or three speakers will be invited to comment the synthesis papers. Then, all parts of the synthesis paper will be discussed by the workshop participants. For the discussion, smaller groups of only 10 to 15 people are aimed at; in case of a bigger audience, 2 or 3 group discussions will be held.

Publication of papers and discussions

A speaker will be designated in advance to summarize the discussion at the end of the workshop. The discussion with all contributions will be recorded by minute takers. The revised synthesis papers and an edited version of the minutes will be published as a book of proceedings, which is scheduled for the end of September 2008.


Aims of the five workhops



Aims of Workshop 1:
Product quality in organic and low input farming systems
  • to identify and describe factors of the different production systems which cause variation of the product quality (focus on wheat, forage, apples, milk and meat)

  • to compare experimental findings with consumer expectations and attitudes

  • to analyse correlations between quality patterns of organic and low input foods and production costs

  • to debate best practice in order to optimize organoleptic and analytical quality of organic and low input foods

  • to integrate processing into maintaining or improving specific ‘organic’ qualities.



Aims of Workshop 2:
Safety of foods from organic and low input farming systems
  • to summarize the results of the QLIF project on food safety issues (organic fertilization and composting, mixed animal and crop farms, higher thresholds in pest and disease control etc.)

  • to identify safety problems related to organic and low input standards and techniques

  • to compare experimental findings with consumers’ perception and concern relating to food safety

  • to improve production techniques in order to reduce risks

  • to integrate processing into the strategies to reduce food safety risks.



Aims of Workshop 3:
Productivity of organic and low input systems (crops)
  • to analyse the productivity gap of organic and low input systems in comparison with intensive agriculture.

  • to measure the impact of the QLIF project on the yields and costs of organic and low input systems.

  • to discuss further approaches to increase productivity and yield stability of organic and low input systems.



Aims of Workshop 4:
Productivity of organic and low input systems (livestock)
  • to analyse the productivity gap of organic and low input systems in comparison with intensive agriculture.

  • to measure the impact of the QLIF project on the yields and costs of organic and low input systems.

  • to discuss further approaches to increase productivity and yield stability of organic and low input systems.



Aims of Workshop 5:
Resource efficiency of organic and low input systems in comparison to intensive agriculture
  • to analyse to efficiency of these systems vis-à-vis the use of land, nutrients, water and energy.

  • to assess environmental impacts of organic and low input systems when compared to intensive agriculture.

  • to assess cost/benefit ratios of organic and low input systems when compared to intensive agriculture.

  • to discuss further improvements of organic and low input agriculture under energy and water scarcity as well as climate change scenarios.

  • to consider economic efficiency of different production systems with implication for markets and prices.

  • to understand to which extend consumers value environmental benefits.

  • to identify problems of energy use in organic food processing.