From 12 to 16 October 2020 the Global Alliance for the Organic District will be the protagonist of the Summit of local bio-governments.

The Summit will take place in Goesan, South Korea, and following the restrictions on international travel due to the covid-19 pandemic will be possible to follow the event entirely online. Official language: English.

SUBSCRIBE NOW TO THE SUMMIT, FILLING IN THE FORM THAT YOU WILL FIND AT THIS LINK: https://asia.ifoam.bio/the-6th-algoa-summit-registration-form/

THE MAIN STEPS THAT LEADED TO THE REALIZATION OF THE SUMMIT

  • On February 6, 2020 the Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of the World Alliance for Organic Districts (GAOD) was signed at the Ministry of Agriculture in Rome. The main objectives of the Protocol are to share knowledge and best practices and to invite other local governments around the World to join the Alliance.
  • During the COVID-19 Pandemic and the consequent lockdown, from 26 March to 26 June 2020, 6 on-line conferences were held for the definition of strategic issues for organic districts (such as organic and regenerative farming, soil fertility, carbon reduction, bio-economy, green public procurement, sustainable diets, sustainable local food systems). It was therefore decided to expand the Alliance, which is now composed of the following Organizations: IN.N.E.R., ALGOA, Regeneration International, the League of Municipalities and Organic Provinces of the Philippines; with the support of IFOAM Organics International, IFOAM EU, IFOAM Asia, the Baltica Foundation and the Organic Food Systems Program.

The next meeting will be the World Summit, coordinated by ALGOA, which will take place online from 12 to 16 October 2020, waiting to meet “in the real life” in September 2021 in Rennes, on the occasion of the World Organic Congress and then in 2022 in Goesan for the International Organic Expo.

One of the main lessons of the COVID-19 Pandemic was certainly that “no one can mind their own business”, thinking about only of personal gain, without worrying about what is happening in the World. All of us (… and the territories in which we live) are interconnected.

The organic districts have represented for over 15 years the global, concrete response to the requests and hopes of young people and all those who care about the fate of the Planet and humanity, a 100% sustainable model, which GAOD proposes to make known and spread on a planetary level.

One Planet, one Health!

PROGRAM

12 October 2020, Monday

From 7 to 10 Italian time (in Korea 14-17):

Part 1 Opening ceremony in live streaming, will be attended by the mayor of Goesan and co-president GAOD Lee Cha Young, rappresentative of the local administrations of the bio-districts, Ministries, IFOAM and other international Organizations.

Part 2 Official launch of the Global Alliance for Organic Districts (GAOD)

  • Salvatore Basile, President of IN.N.E.R. and co-president GAOD, La nascita dell’Alleanza mondiale per i bio-distretti e le prossime attività
  • Jostein Hertwig, OFSP – Organic Food System Program, GAOD Official Launch
  • Inaugural Declaration, Read by the Founding Members of GAOD
  • Designation of ALGOA as the GAOD Asia Secretariat

From 10 to 11 break

From 11 to 12.30 Italian time (in Korea 18-19.30), Part 3

From 11 to 11.20 Italian time (in Korea 18-18.20) “Food from 5 continents” (Short videos from countries in each continent showing people and activities from farm to table). We start with Asia (Goesan food for longevity) and Europe (Cilento Bio-district – Italy and BioVallèe – France).

From 11.20 to 12.30 Italian time (in Korea 18.20-19.30):

Cesare Zanasi (UNI Bologna/IN.N.E.R.) introduces the Integrated Management of the Global Alliance for Organic Districts.

Introduction of the 7 GAOD Work Groups, by WGs Leaders (7 virtual rooms)

  • WG 1: Organic Districts’ Integrated Management, Planning – Governance – Policies
  • WG 2: Tourism – Gastronomy
  • WG 3: Regenerative/Organic farming – Agroecology – Natural resources management and Energy production
  • WG 4:  Food: Processing-Distribution-Consumption. Food and nutrition security, Quality and Health
  • WG 5:  Social issues. Social agriculture – communities’ enforcement – urban-rural relations
  • WG 6: Communication
  • WG 7: Youth and organic agriculture (ref “Young Organics Global Network)

13 October 2020, Tuesday, theme: Covid and Organic Agriculture

From 7 to 10 Italian time (in Korea 14-17):

Part1 (07.00-08.45, Italian time) Keynote by Marina Bortoletti United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), other contributions:

  • Paul Luu, 4 x 1000
  • André Leu, Regeneration International
  • Karen Mapusua, Sustainable Pacific Community e IFOAM Organics International
  • Carola Strassner, University of Munster and Organic Food System Program
  • Ove D. Jacobsen, Nord University – Norway
  • Eduardo Cuoco, IFOAM EU

Part 2 (08.45-10.00, Italian time) Keynote by Denis LAIRON, Emeritus research director (INSERM, National Institute of Health, OFSP Steering Committee): “Organic food consumption, a step forward for sustainability”, data from the French Bionutrinet cohort Study; other contributions:

  • Louise Luttikholt, IFOAM Organics International, “Honest Food Campaign”
  • Representative from the Ministry of Agriculture, South Korea, “Pregnant Women’s Food Scheme”  
  • Representative from Hansalim Organic Consumers’ Cooperative, South Korea, “Consumers Trust Organic”
  • Mathew John, Keystone Foundation, India, “PGS Groups Response to Covid”

From 10 to 11 (Italian time) break

From 11 to 12.30 Italian time (in Korea 18-19.30), Part 3:

From 11 to 11.20 Italian time (in Korea 18-18.20) “Food from 5 continents” (Short videos from countries in each continent showing people and activities from farm to table): Oceania.

From 11.20 to 12.30 Italian time (in Korea 18.20-19.30):

Breakout sessions with discussions on the 7 GAOD Work Groups (7 virtual rooms):

  • WG 1: Organic Districts’ Integrated Management, Planning – Governance – Policies
  • WG 2: Tourism – Gastronomy
  • WG 3: Regenerative/Organic farming – Agroecology – Natural resources management and Energy production
  • WG 4: Food: Processing – Distribution- Consumption. Food and nutrition security, Quality and Health
  • WG 5:  Social issues. Social agriculture – communities’ enforcement – urban-rural relations
  • WG 6: Communication
  • WG 7: Youth and organic agriculture (ref “Young Organics Global Network)

14 October 2020, Wednesday, theme: Important Sectors Promoting Organic Agriculture

From 7 to 10 Italian time (in Korea 14-17):

Part 1 (07.00-08.30) School Meal Programs of local governments – Lessons Learned and Ways Forward:

  • Miyoshi Satoko (Japan),
  • Manchul Jung (Korea)
  • Representative from New Taipei City (ALGOA Center for Public Procurement)
  • Gilles Peroles, Mouans Sartoux, Un Plus Bio, France
  • Laura Rodrigues, Torres Vedras, Portugal
  • Sara Jervfors, Södertälje Municipality, Sweden

Part 2 (08.30-10.00) The Young Organics Global Network and Local Governance

  • Li Feng (China)
  • Julia Lernourd (Argentina)
  • Tiatemjem Jamir (India)
  • Youth Representative from Europe
  • Youth Representative from Africa
  • Young Mayor from the Philippines

From 10 to 11 break

From 11 to 12.30 Italian time (in Korea 18-19.30), Part 3:

From 11 to 11.20 Italian time (in Korea 18-18.20) “Food from 5 continents” (Short videos from countries in each continent showing people and activities from farm to table): Americas.

From 11.20 to 12.30 Italian time (in Korea 18.20-19.30):

Breakout sessions with discussions on the 7 GAOD Work Groups (7 virtual rooms):

  • WG 1: Organic Districts’ Integrated Management, Planning – Governance – Policies
  • WG 2: Tourism – Gastronomy
  • WG 3: Regenerative/Organic farming – Agroecology – Natural resources management and Energy production
  • WG 4: Food: Processing – Distribution- Consumption. Food and nutrition security, Quality and Health
  • WG 5:  Social issues. Social agriculture – communities’ enforcement – urban-rural relations
  • WG 6: Communication
  • WG 7: Youth and organic agriculture (ref “Young Organics Global Network)

15 October 2020,Thursday, theme: Best Practices of ALGOA Members & Supporters. Launch of the Asian Organic Innovation Technology Platform

From 7 to 10 Italian time (in Korea 14-17):

Part1 (07.00-08.30) Best practices:

  • LOAMCP-PH (Philippines): PGS in the National Organic Regulations
  • Xichong County, (China): “The Organic Promotion Activities of Xichong County
  • Nagaland, India: Asia Organic Youth Forum
  • Indonesia Organic Alliance: Organic Asia Congress
  • Goesan County (South Korea): 2022 International Organic Expo

Part 2 (08.30-10.00) Launch of the Asian Organic Innovation Technology Platform

  • Zhou Zejiang (President di IFOAM ASIA), “Innovation and Technology in Organic Agriculture”
  • Li Feng (IFOAM Asia China Country Director), Background and Progress of the Platform

Congratulatory messages:

  • Xichong County, China
  • China Agricultural University
  • Scientists Network for the Advancement of Smart Sustainable Agriculture (Sci-NASSA)

Inaugural Declaration

From 10 to 11 breack

From 11 to 12.30 Italian time (in Korea 18-19.30), Part 3:

From 11 to 11.20 Italian time (in Korea 18-18.20) “Food from 5 continents” (Short videos from countries in each continent showing people and activities from farm to table): Africa.

From 11.20 to 12.30 Italian time (in Korea 18.20-19.30):

Breakout sessions with discussions on the 7 GAOD Work Groups (7 virtual rooms):

  • WG 1: Organic Districts’ Integrated Management, Planning – Governance – Policies
  • WG 2: Tourism – Gastronomy
  • WG 3: Regenerative/Organic farming – Agroecology – Natural resources management and Energy production
  • WG 4: Food: Processing – Distribution- Consumption. Food and nutrition security, Quality and Health
  • WG 5:  Social issues. Social agriculture – communities’ enforcement – urban-rural relations
  • WG 6: Communication
  • WG 7: Youth and organic agriculture (ref “Young Organics Global Network)

16 October 2020, Friday, theme: Ways Forward in Organic Cooperation

From 7 to 10 Italian time (in Korea 14-17):

Part 1 (07.00-08.30) The Significance of ALGOA-GAOD Alliance:

  • Salvatore Basile (President IN.N.E.R.)
  • Zhou Zejiang (President IFOAM Asia)
  • André Leu (Director, Regeneration International
  • Rommel Arnardo (Mayor of Kausuwagan, LOAMCP-PH President)
  • Jostein Hertwig (Organic Food Systems Programme)

Part 2 (08.30-10.00) Closing Cerimony

Report from the Breakout Sessions

  • WG 1: Organic Districts’ Integrated Management, Planning – Governance – Policies
  • WG 2: Tourism – Gastronomy
  • WG 3: Regenerative/Organic farming – Agroecology – Natural resources management and Energy production
  • WG 4: Food: Processing – Distribution- Consumption. Food and nutrition security, Quality and Health
  • WG 5:  Social issues. Social agriculture – communities’ enforcement – urban-rural relations
  • WG 6: Communication
  • WG 7: Youth and organic agriculture (ref “Young Organics Global Network)

Adoption of the Summit Declaration, read by Founding Members of GAOD

Words of Thanks:

  • Salvatore Basile (President IN.N.E.R.)
  • Zhou Zejiang (President, IFOAM Asia)

Closing Message by the Mayor, President of ALGOA and co-presidente GAOD, Lee Cha Young

On the occasion of the Summit, 5 publications in English will be produced: Global Alliance for Organic Districts as models and living laboratories for transformation process towards sustainable food systems, Best practices from 5 Continents

  1. Proceedings of the Summit
  2. Covid-19 and Organic Agriculture / Organic food consumption – a step forward for sustainability
  3. Important Sectors Promoting Organic Agriculture” + “Youth in Organic Agriculture”
  4. Contributions from the GAOD Working Groups – Part 1
  5. Contributions from the GAOD Working Groups – Part 2

Contact: Co-President GAOD Salvatore BASILE, e-mail presidente@ecoregions.eu, www.gaod.online