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International Conference Kazachstan


Driebergen, 4 May 2010

Third International Conference on organic development in CEE and Central Asian countries

From 17 to 20 September 2010, the third conference on organic agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia will be organized in Astana, Kazakhstan. The main theme is the development of organic agriculture in relation to biodiversity, nature conservation, rural development and ecotourism. Researchers from Europe and other professionals interested in organic farming are invited to share their experiences and submit their conference contribution before June 1, 2010. The Agro-Eco Louis Bolk Institute is co-organizer of the congress.

European knowledge and experience exchange

For the third time, the German Organic Services is organizing the international conference on organic agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The objective is to strengthen the network among professionals and to share, exchange and increase the international knowledge and experience with organic farming. Main theme is the role of organic agriculture for biodiversity, nature conservation, rural development and ecotourism. The Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute is co-organizer of the conference because of their international expertise in organic farming and work in Kazakhstan.

Conference papers needed

Researchers and other professionals who are interested in organic farming can send conference contributors via www. http://www.conference.organiccenter.kz.
Presentations and workshops will take place on September 17 and 18. On September 19 and 20, participants can join an excursion to Korgalzhyn Nature Park, a beautiful wetland area known from the UNESCO World Heritage List. Participants from previous conferences appreciated the congress because of its interactivity, networking opportunities and practical knowledge.

Sustainable development of Kazakhstan

Organic farming is considered to be the spearhead for sustainable rural development in Kazakhstan. Local food production, employment, agricultural diversification and export opportunities are important factors.

About the Agro-Eco Louis Bolk Institute

The Agro-Eco Louis Bolk Institute is part of the Louis Bolk Institute, an international, independent organisation specialised in participatory research, advice and development services in organic and sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health. There are approximately 65 employees working from the head quarters in Driebergen (the Netherlands) and the regional office in Accra (Ghana) and Kampala (Uganda). Major clients include the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the European Commission, Oxfam Novib and Care. In the Netherlands, the organization works under the Louis Bolk Institute-brand.

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Note for editors: For more information please contact Lidwien Daniels, communication officer Louis Bolk Institute at tel. +31 - 343 - 523 860 and at l.daniels@louisbolk.nl.
Datum: 04-05-2010