The move towards organic farming methods: GLI policy analysts meet stakeholders at the Organic World Congress
Held in New Delhi, India in November 2017, the Organic World Congress (OWC) promotes and celebrates 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.
This event provided a forum for those interested in sustainable agriculture, sustainable supply chains and trade to interact with policy makers and practitioners alike in fruitful ways that will enrich their professional experience and research skills.
Our GLI team of policy analysts consisted of the following undergraduate students: Emilia Law (Geography), William Matupi (Economics), Brogan McCawley (Geography), Eleanor Nash (Geography), Karolina Sliwinska (Business Management), and Laura Yoshimoto Turpin (Journalism Studies). They were accompanied by two academic staff, Dr Juan Miguel Kanai (Department of Geography) and Dr Sanjay Lanka (School of Management).
The team enjoyed the opportunity to gain:
• In-depth exposure to organic farming in India along with one-stop access to global thinking, research and practice on organic farming from around the world.
• Ready access to work being done by governments worldwide to convert agriculture to organic methods
• See first-hand the planning for converting an entire country's agriculture to organic.
• Build 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.
Students worked as policy analysts, writing policy briefs and blogs for the Global Policy Journal, pertaining to discussions held at sessions at the summits. The following Policy Briefs were published by the Global Policy Journal.
Organic Farming: A ‘Sustainability Savour’ or ‘Marketing Marvel’ - William Matupi
Food for the future is food for thought - Brogan McCawley
Bt cotton farming in India—last port of call or a false friend? Karolina Sliwinska
Organic Farming: Don’t force it - Laura Yoshimoto Turpin
About the Global Leadership Initiative
The Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught students from the Faculty of Social Sciences the opportunity to attend major international summits taking place during the academic year. Accompanied by academic staff, small groups of approximately 8 students will actively engage in these meetings, providing an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience of international policy debates at the highest level and produce outputs visible to an international audience thereby enhancing their research skills and employability.