Building Food Communities” pre-conference will take place at the 26 Agustos Campus of Yeditepe University (Inonu Mah., Kayisdagi Cad., Atasehir, Istanbul – Asian Side), at the Faculty of Fine Arts. THE CONFERENCE WILL START AT 9:00.

Click here for a map of the Yeditepe Campus.

There are shuttles available from Kabatas to Yeditepe University. They will leave from the front of the Kabatas Ferry Pier. The shuttles will have Yeditepe University logo on them, also Organic World Congress will be written in the front window.

THE JOURNEY TAKES APPROXIMATELY AN HOUR. Thus, we kindly ask participants to take the first shuttle on Saturday (7:30). Especially those who are going to deliver a speech or present a poster are kindly asked to be at the conference venue 30 minutes before the starting hour. The schedule is fairly tight and we wish to start and proceed on time.

You can reach Kabatas with finicular from Taksim or with tram from Karakoy.

From Kabatas From Yeditepe University
From 18:00 on, as the events end.
From 16:30 on, as the events end.

You can also reach Yeditepe University with the following public buses:

– From Taksim: 256 (not available on Sundays, takes about 90 minutes) – click here for schedule

– From Kadıköy: 19 and 19F (takes about 50 minutes) – departs every 10 minutes

Our particular request from you dear participants is to assist us in time-management, so that we can start and finish each individual activity on time.


18th IFOAM Organic World Congress will be held in İstanbul, between 13-15 October 2014, hosted by Buğday Association.

There will be a series of pre-conferences in the week-end before this event.

One of these pre-conferences, Building Food Communities, on October 11, Saturday,  aims to bring together national and international agents working on Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) and Participatory Guarantee Systems (PSG). The event is co-organized by Buğday AssociationIFOAM (The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), URGENCI  (The International Network of Community-Supported Agriculture) and DBB (a PGS initiative based in Ankara). Most of the communications will be in English, and we will provide translation to Turkish and if needed, to English.


Yeditepe University,
26 Ağustos Campus,
Kayışdağ Caddesi, Ataşehir/İstanbul


Registration/contribution is free of charge.
Please sign up on the following page (if you have not done so yet): https://www.regmodule.com/2014owc/
Then sign in, click on “Pre-conferences”  and select “Building Food Communities”.


9:00-10:10 Introduction

09:00-09:10 Welcome speech – Mehmet Gürmen, Buğday Association
09:10-09:25 IFOAM and efforts for creating food communities, Andre Leu – IFOAM President
09:25-09:45 URGENCI and CSA movements worldwide, Elizabeth Henderson – CSA author, URGENCI
09:45-10:00 Overview of CSA and PGS efforts in Turkey, Ahmet Berkay Atik – Buğday Association

10:10-11:00 CSA – Good practices and inspiring cases from around the world

10:10-10:35 Joy Daniel, Food Sovereignty Movement, India
10:35-11:00 Shi Yan, New Rural Initiatives Network, China

11:00-11:15 Coffee break

11:15- 12:55 PGS – Good practices and inspiring cases from around the world

11:15-11:35 Lorena Senanayake, The Good Market, Sri Lanka
11:35-11:55 Julie Matovu, Fresh Veggies, Uganda
11:55-12:15 Karen Mapusa and Stephen Hazelman, Cicia Island, Fiji
12:15-12:35 Marc-David Choukroun, La Ruche Qui Dit Oui, France
12:35-12:55 Ceyhan Temürcü, DBB/CAYEK/BU-Koop, Turkey

13:00-13:45 Lunch break

13:45-14:45 Poster Session Interactions with presenters
(Posters of A2 size will be there all day long)
– Ongoing works/projects on building food communities (Turkey and international)
– Works of students/researchers focusing on PGS/CSA

14:45-16:15 Round table/fishbowl on CSA

CSA and the organic movement. The dramatic situation of many organic farmers and the importance of CSA for offering a model to face this difficult situation. Shortening supply chains, innovative logistic systems, maximizing community involvement, dealing with legal issues, …
– Moderator:
– Starting with Kiera Mulvey (US), Fergal Anderson (Ireland), Danijel Balaban (Croatia), open to audience involvement.

16:15-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-18:00 Round table/fishbowl on PGS

PGS and government recognition. Where is PGS going? Is it becoming too regulated/formalized? Is it really (going to remain) an alternative to 3rd party certification? Balance between volunteering and professional support in a PGS –  what is sustainable?  …
– Moderator: Konrad Hauptfleisch
– Starting with Jannet Villanueva (Peru), Janet Gracie (South Africa) and Samraj Thonthai Gowder (India), open to audience involvement.

18:00-… Evening meetings (not part of the official program)

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Salum Rehani
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 11:55:20

    UWAMWIMA Organization will be presented


  2. Ramona Verdura
    Jul 28, 2014 @ 12:52:19

    Great to bring together so many movements+cases! I hope that all the pre-conference sessions will be livestreamed,and that it will be possible to participate online also in question rounds, in order to be able to participate from around the world!


  3. Khama Mbewe
    Sep 14, 2014 @ 15:41:48

    Lumuno Organic Farms and Lumuno PGS is very happy to be part of the programme


  4. Binayak P Rajbhandari
    Sep 22, 2014 @ 08:53:08

    I hope experience of the community of Baireni Ecovillage, Nepal about transformation of traditional village into a sustainable ecovillage will be an good example of building sustainable food system.


  5. Metin Guldas
    Oct 10, 2014 @ 13:03:41

    ı will be very pleased to meet all the people related with organic production during the events.


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