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Model of Organic Agriculture Integration into the Official

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2014
Author Aleksandra NIKOLIC Esma VELAGIC HABUL Anna BIEBER Urs,
Project Advancing training and teaching of organic agriculture in South-East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Hungary)
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings Book of Abstracts: 25th International Scientific Experts Congress on agriculture and food industry
Place Turkey

Open Access

Type of Open Access Website


Abstract Recently, organic agriculture is more and more recognized as a food system that provides added economic and environmental services to the society as whole. Consequently, the growth of organic agriculture has been accelerated, changing its nature form alternative to mainstream food production, distribution and consumption system. To support this change the stronger cooperation of scarce and disperse expertise is required to develop pull of very specific information, knowledge, technologies and innovations. One step in this direction is integration of organic agriculture issues into the official agricultural academic education. That process is, in fact, focus of the project SCOPES (2009/12) „Advancing training and teaching of organic agriculture in South-East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Hungary)“ , financed by Swiss National Science Foundation and implemented by FiBL (CH), Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Sarajevo (BA), Agricultural University Tirana (AL), Agricultural University in Plovdiv (BG), Department of Ecological and Sustainable Farming Systems of the Corvinus University of Budapest (HU), University of Prishtina, Kosovo. The main project results are: multi-language curriculum and teaching material, which can be easily integrated within existing official academic education on B.Sc. or M.Sc level in SEE region and interactive e-platform for on-line teaching, which connects researchers, teachers, experts, students and other stakeholders and forms innovative social-network able to communicate, exchange experience, innovate and think „out of box“ to face existing and future challenges regarding organic agriculture development. Keywords: Organic agriculture, agricultural academic education, SEE region.