Face to Face Meeting of the Global Organic Cotton Community

Start: Saturday, October 11, 2014 14:00
End: Saturday, October 11, 2014 17:30
Venue: Yeditepe University, Istanbul
Country: Turkey
With a thriving community of over 800 members, Helvetas and Textile Exchange are delighted to bring you the third “Face-to-Face” meeting of the Global Organic Cotton Community.Themes for this get-together include: Organic cotton market analysis and a look at new business models; what's being done about access to good quality non-GMO seed and the linked issue of contamination, and a presentation of the finding of research into "Bio-Intensification" a new area of interest for the organic cotton sector - and sustainable agriculture more generally.
We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul for a hearty discussion and actionable outcomes!

14:00 - 14:15
Welcome: Andrea Bischof, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, welcomes us and sets out the agenda for the day.

14:15 – 14:45
The Future of Organic Cotton: Why we need new models for building supply security and incentivizing production. Liesl Truscott, Textile Exchange, updates us on the work of the Organic Cotton Accelerator, giving us the latest in organic cotton market analysis and insights into exciting new areas of business development.

14:45 - 15:15
Seed Security and Managing Contamination: Discover the landscape of organic cotton seed production, issues and opportunities. Mans Lanting presents new research from a partnership between Lanting AgriConsulting, Louis Bolk Institute, and Textile Exchange.

15:15 - 15:45
The “Syprobio” Project: What can we learn about bio-intensification from new research by FiBL and Helvetas in Burkina Faso? Abel Gouba, Coordinator of the organic cotton programme in Burkina Faso, presents the study and gives us insights into a topic that is growing in interest to all working in agriculture and sustainability.

15:45 - 16:00
Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00
Tabletop Discussions: Tables will be assigned themes based on the presentations given earlier in the afternoon and participants are free to move between tables to dicuss topics based on their particular interests.

17:00 - 17:15
Feedback to the Group

17:15 - 17:30
Agreed Actions and Next Steps

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18th IFOAM Organic World Congress

Start: Monday, October 13, 2014
End: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Venue: Istanbul
Country: Turkey
Description: Pre-conferences, Congress, Exhibition and Assemblies! The Organic World Congress and the IFOAM General Assembly are the gatherings of the global Organic Movement every three years. 2000 people from all continents debate issues, inspire each other, learn altogether and take strategic decisions.

Organic Cotton Round Table 2014

Start: Sunday, November 09, 2014 13:00
End: Sunday, November 09, 2014 18:00
Venue: Portland, Oregon
Country: United states
Link: http://
Description: Many individual efforts are being made to advance organic cotton – the Round Table will pool resources to create a result that will be greater than the sum of the parts. The Organic Cotton Round Table will bring together knowledgeable and influential people, to collectively explore opportunities to grow the organic cotton sector. We hope you can join us and be part of the solution!


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"Strategies to maximize the productivity of small scale organic cotton production" August, 2014.

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How to influence consumer habits?  February 24th to March 14th, 2014 (summary in the library)

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