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FiBL Newsletter September 2019

Contents

1. News

1.1 Towards improved sustainability of palm oil - FiBL publishes assessment report
1.2 20th Organic World Congress: Call for Contributions
1.3 Field visit about intercropping with grain legumes attracts attention
1.4 Third SolACE Stakeholder Event to be held in Scotland
1.5 Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture: first Conference on Crop Diversification

2. Events

1 News

1.1 Towards improved sustainability of palm oil - FiBL publishes assessment report

Over the last 15 years, global palm oil production has more than doubled. Yet, as the fast expansion of palm oil in many cases goes hand in hand with deforestation, biodiversity losses and land tenure conflicts, the question is if palm oil is indeed more sustainable when produced organically? FiBL has now published the synthesis report of an assessment project on this topic, financed by the Coop Sustainability Fund and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/auf-dem-weg-zu-einer-besseren-nachhaltigkeit-von-palmoel-fibl-veroeffentlicht-analysebericht.html

1.2 20th Organic World Congress: Call for Contributions

Drawing from the motto 'From its Roots, Organic Inspires Life' the next Organic World Congress in 2020 (OWC 2020) aims to provide organic and likeminded stakeholders working toward sustainable agriculture, value chains and consumption with an opportunity to exchange their knowledge, innovations and experiences. The congress offers momentum and inspiration to all who take part and is seen as a leading event for the global organic sector. FiBL is involved in the Science Board of the congress.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/20th-organic-world-congress-call-for-contributions.html

1.3 Field visit about intercropping with grain legumes attracts attention

About 50 farmers, advisors, scientists and stakeholders from the value chain came to the FiBL field visit in Fislisbach, canton Aargau (Switzerland), in June to discuss the latest findings about intercropping with grain legumes. FiBL scientists and advisors presented the various field trials that are ongoing in several EU projects and in a breeding project financed by Swiss Federal Agency for Agriculture (FOAG).

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/grosse-resonanz-abendrundgang-zu-koernerleguminosen-in-mischkulturen.html

1.4 Third SolACE Stakeholder Event to be held in Scotland

The event of the EU project "SolACE" is aimed at anyone with an interest in reducing water and nutrient stress in crops (particularly potatoes, durum wheat, bread wheat and tomatoes): farmers, advisers, agronomists, crop technologists, plant breeders and others involved in the agricultural industry. It will be held on 9 October 2019 in Dundee, Scotland. FiBL is a partner of the SolACE project.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/third-solace-stakeholder-event-to-be-held-in-scotland.html

1.5 Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture: first Conference on Crop Diversification

The first European Conference on Crop Diversification will take place from 18 to 21 September 2019, in Budapest, Hungary. The conference aims to explore how sustainable agricultural and food systems can be strengthened through diversification, while maintaining productivity, ecosystem services, and resource-efficient and sustainable value chains. The DiverIMPACTS project, funded by the European Union’s Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, is hosting the conference in collaboration with its partner projects Diverfarming, DIVERSify, ReMIX, LegValue, and TRUE. FiBL is a project partner of DiverIMPACTS.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/promoting-crop-diversification-in-european-agriculture-first-conference-on-crop-diversification.html

2 Events

European Conference on Crop Diversification

Tech & Bio

18.09.2019 - 19.09.2019

Bourg-lès-Valence, Drôme, France

> www.bioactualites.ch/actualites/agenda/calendrier/tech-bio0.html

International workshop on the comparison of organic and conventional agricultural cropping systems

Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting ABIM 2019

21.10.2019 - 23.10.2019

Basel, Switzerland

> www.abim.ch

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