The concept of the Programme:
Organic farming often is associated with “no use of pesticides” by continuing existing farming practices. But organic farming is much more than just leaving out chemicals. There are useful methods to improve soil fertility, keep plants and in consequence animals healthy. However, these measures are much more demanding than “conventional farming” particularly it requires specific knowledge.
Donor organizations nowadays move away with their funding strategies from farming practices with high chemical input to sustainable and “low input” farming practices. The challenge is to stabilize or even increase food security according to SDGs. Organic farming with agro-ecological approaches is the answer to reduce further environmental degradation by stabilizing food security. This Introductory online workshop on organic farming will answer the most frequently asked questions on what organic farming means. The seminar is a combination of specific input, individual and group work with guidance text, a discussion session, and a feedback round.
What will the workshop offer? / Which questions will be covered?
- What is organic farming? Principles of organic farming
- Introduction to organic farming history
- Challenges and opportunities
- Why should farmer apply agroecological / organic approaches in their farming system?
- Market development of organic farming
- Benefits from organic farming: benefits in daily diets and health of farmer families, monetary benefits
- Key players and international organisations of the organic sector
The expected takeaways or deliverables
At the end of the seminar participants will receive all presentation material and
- Hand-out of organic principles, - material for self-studies
- Sources and websites for further studies
The expected participants who could share in the programme:
Open for all interested people who are involved in agriculture, community development with focus on farming, home gardening and food security. This seminar will sensitize employees of development organizations and extension workers about the potential small farmers have when they work “organic”.
Further details can be found here or https://www.kkstiftung.de/en/workshops/current-workshops/introductory-online-workshop-on-organic-farming/index.htm