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Bioacademy 2009: Answers to the challenges of the global crisis

The 9th European Summer Academy on Organic Farming - Biocademy 2009 - was held on June 24 to 25, 2009, in the premises of the Horticultural Faculty of the Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry in Lednice na Moravě, Czech Republic.

(14.07.2009) 

The conference was organised by Pro Bio and Bioinstitut with the support of government bodies and numerous organisations of the private sector. This year the event was attended by 200 people from 21 countries interested in the theme. This prestigious forum, which has gradually become one of the most significant conferences on organic farming within Central and Eastern Europe, responded to contemporary topics. Bioacademy comprised of a conference for practitioners and, for the second time, a scientific conference, the latter being coordinated by Bioinstitut. The two-day session was followed by a traditional series of excursions for participants to organic farms within South Moravia, Austria and Slovakia.

Once again Bioacademy provided an opportunity for experts, politicians, farmers and traders not only to exchange information and experience but also to collectively seek answers to contemporary challenges and needs within organic food production and in its environmental context and benefits.

The  Scientific Conference built on the success of its inaugural year with the topics:

  • Diversity in organic farming and examples of successful strategies
  • Soil quality and fertility in organic farming
  • Sustainability and diversity in horticulture and the organic sector

Bioacademy 2009 was concluded by Jiří Urban, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Czech Republic who stressed out that organic farming is a complex functioning model ready to meet all new challenges within the EU such as climatic change, decreasing biodiversity, soil and water protection, welfare of farm animals etc.

The Minister’s Award for promoters of the organic sector

For the first time in Bioacademy history, awards from the Czech Minister of Agriculture, Jakub Šebesta, were bestowed at the closing ceremony in Lednice Chateau:

  • Prof. Ing. Jiří Petr, Dr Sc., Dr.h.c. was given an award for many years of work and effort in the establishment and development of organic farming in the Czech Republic, especially for his professional input in the field of research, education and international cooperation.
  • Ing. Richard Jan Barták, CSc. was given an award for many years of work and effort in the establishment and development of organic farming in the Czech Republic, especially for his professional input in the field of support programmes and international cooperation.
  • Karel Merhaut was given an award for many years of work and effort in the establishment and development of organic farming in the Czech Republic, especially for his expert promotion of Czech organic farms and organic foodstuffs.

The awards were presented by Deputy Minister Jiří Urban on behalf od the Czech Minister of Agriculture.

Source: Press release 'of June 5, 2009: Bioacademy 2009 sought answers to the challenges of the global crisis'

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  • Jirina Pavelková
    PRO-BIO Association
    Nemocnicní 53
    78701 Sumperk
    Czech Republic
    Tel.  00420 739 280 159 
    E-mail
    www.pro-bio.cz
  • Karolína  Dytrtová
    Bioinstitut,o.p.s., Institute for Ecological Agriculture and Sustainable Landscape Development
    Krížkovského 8
    77147  Olomouc
    Czech Republic
    Tel.  +420 585 631 178    
    E-mail
    www.bioinstitut.cz

Organisers and sponsors

The ongoing patronage of IFOAM EU Group and the Ministries of Agriculture and the Environment are of great importance to Bioacademy. This year Bioacademy also benefited from the patronage of the Czech Ministry of Education.

Following the established tradition, the organization of Bioacademy was shared by the Czech Ministry of Agriculture, the Czech Ministry of the Environment and the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, the Environment and Water Management, PRO-BIO Association of Organic Farmers in cooperation with BioAustria, FiBL, Bioinstitut and the Slovak Ministry of Agriculture.