Under the auspices of the Bogota Chamber of Commerce CCB and FEDEORGANICOS, the Colombian federation of organic producers, processors, traders, organizations and end consumers the 2nd Encounter of National & International Organic Agriculture took place in Bogota, June 10-11.
The event was a great success, attended by around 550 entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, public institutions, and national and international organizations, according to Richard Probst Bruce, partner at GreenBizz Consulting SAS. The program offered was divided in four blocks:
1. Academic journey with the presence of 3 papers magisterial account of CIAO – Inter-American Committee on Organic Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture of Argentina and a high adviser of the Ministry of Agriculture of Peru
2. Fair for display of products and services of 30 exhibitors and 150 visitors engaged in consulting bio-inputs, financing, equipment &technologies and certification
3. Workshop in support of organic farming with institutions such as FAO, the ministries of Agriculture and Environment, Proexport –SENA – National Apprenticeship Service and ICA – Colombian Agrarian Sanitary Institute
4. Discussion with the international speakers and the event closing
The main objective of the event was to highlight successful regional public-private partnerships and how the State can promote, boost or consolidate the organic sector. International exhibitors recognized that leadership and commitment in the private sector is the real engine to develop this industry and get commitment from the government. FEDEORGANICOS was pleased to see the busy event, variety of projects and number of young entrepreneurs, a healthy sign of a promising organic sector in development. Organizers of the 3rd edition of this encounter to take place in 2015 expect to increase the agenda to three days and a larger number of local and international attendees.