This year’s BIOFACH Congress promises to delve into pressing issues within the organic sector, including the pivotal role of women in the food system, political frameworks, the future of organic retail, and the integration of organic food in communal catering.
Empowering Women for Sustainable Food Systems
The overarching theme of the BIOFACH Congress revolves around “Food for the Future: Women’s Impact on Sustainable Food Systems.” Across eight forums, participants will engage in knowledge-sharing and discussions. Notable sessions include “Women in sustainable food systems – how can agroecology contribute to gender equality?” exploring agroecology’s role in shaping an equitable food system, and “Gender Respect Gap in Scientific Communication,” shedding light on the challenges faced by women in scientific research.
Communal and Out-of-Home Catering Forums
Recognizing the increasing importance of incorporating organic food into communal and out-of-home catering, BIOFACH introduces the HoReCa – GV & Gastro forum, offering a targeted program focusing on market developments, Germany’s new Organic Out-of-Home Catering Regulation (Bio-AHVV), nutritional transformations in the kitchen, and regional value-added chains.
Integrated into the BIOFACH Congress, the STADTLANDBIO forum covers the vital issue of organic food in communal catering. Exploring ways for towns and communities to promote high-quality, cost-effective organic dining options, the forum addresses topics like public procurement law and strategies to encourage diners to choose organic.
Sustaining Organic Retail and Specialty Stores
The Fachhandel Forum will explore future challenges and concepts for organic retailers, addressing market developments, communication tools, and staff recruitment. With a focus on the German government’s target of 30% organic farming by 2030, sessions will emphasise the importance of a robust organic retail sector with regional supply chains and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
A session titled “Female power in food retail: Are women the drivers of sustainability and organic food?” will scrutinise the correlation between female leadership and the increase in organic and sustainable practices in the markets.
Visimex: Pioneering Organic Agriculture in Vietnam
As we explore the future of organic agriculture, it’s crucial to highlight pioneers driving sustainable practices. Visimex stands out as a trailblazer in Vietnam’s organic agriculture, boasting over 20 years of experience exporting Vietnamese agricultural products. This includes a rich history of promoting fair and ethical practices, aligning seamlessly with the principles of social and economic justice.
Visimex’s commitment to fair trade extends beyond borders, ensuring farmers receive fair compensation for their organic cashew nuts. By actively supporting sustainable farming practices and empowering local communities, Visimex exemplifies the transformative impact of fair trade principles within the organic agriculture sector.
The BIOFACH and VIVANESS Congress, with its diverse forums and discussions, aligns with the ethos that Visimex embodies. Join us in this exploration of sustainable practices, ethical principles, and the future of organic communities. Stay tuned from February 13–16, 2024, for groundbreaking insights! Don’t forget to visit our booth Hall 2, Stand: 2-231 – Exhibition Centre, 90471 Nürnberg, Germany.