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Workshop on "Organic Agriculture in South Asia"

Jun 10, 2013

"Organic Agriculture in South Asia - Motifs, Actors and Dynamics" was the title of a workshop held on June 11 from 2 to 7 pm at the Karl Jaspers Centre. It was organised by Junior Research Group "Agrarian Alternatives".

Organic farming and fair trade are among the most widespread visions of alternative agriculture – globally and in South Asia. In this workshop the Junior Research Group (JRG) "Agrarian Alternatives" discussed transcultural aspects of the global spread of (certified) organic farming. The main speaker of the workshop, Dr. Lucas Dengel, executive secretary of Demeter India, spoke about recent attempts to establish a network of "bio-dynamic" farmers in India and about urban farming initiatives in India. Together with the scholars of JRG Agrarian Alternatives the workshop discussed certified organic farming as a transcultural concept and focus in particular on the travelling models between Europe and Asia and on exchanges and cultural dynamics across different registers of knowledge between cultivators and experts. The workshop critically discussed organic agriculture in relation to global food regimes, rising inequality of global trade and production regimes, planetary environmental concerns, transfer of concepts and knowledge, organic movement vs. organic market, certified organic vs. organic by default, certification and regulation, as well as the cultural dynamics between Indian farmers and European NGOs.

The workshop took place on June 11 from 2 to 7 pm. It was held at the Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Research in room 212a. The workshop report is available for download.

The Junior Research Group "Agrarian Alternatives: Agrarian Crisis, Global Concerns and the Contested Agro-ecological Futures in South Asia" started in April this year and is coordinated by Dr. Daniel Münster


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