About Organic Tropical and Subtropical Fruits

According to the definition given by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (March 2005; https://www.ifoam.bio/en/organic-landmarks/definition-organic-agriculture), "organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved."

The Working Group Organic Tropical and Subtropical Fruits takes IFOAM's definition of organic agriculture stated above as the focus of its scope, and consequently covers issues ranging from technical and socio-economic constraints to productivity, production systems, breeding, genetics and the release of genetic material adapted to tropical and subtropical environments, management, storage and market development, integrated management of pests and diseases, climate change, peri-urban and urban fruit production, sustainable water and input use, value chain, organic management and production in tropical and subtropical fruit crops.

The Working Group members will define a short, medium and long term vision for improving organic farming agroecology in organic tropical and subtropical fruits and will organize symposia and other activities under ISHS mandate involving all the stakeholders interested in the topic and establish an active international network.

The goal of the Working Group is to utilize multidisciplinary knowledge to:

  • Identify new challenges to tropical and subtropical fruit production,
  • Implement best management practices for improving organic fruit production,
  • Promote horticulture activities for the preservation of the environment and natural resources while improving the efficiency and sustainability of organic farming.

By meeting together at symposia, members of the Working Group can hope to maximize the environmental, economic and cultural value of horticulture/agriculture.

To join this Working Group sign in to your ISHS user account, navigate to "Workgroups and mailing lists" and tick the box "Member" next to "Workgroup Organic Tropical and Subtropical Fruits" before confirming the update with the button in the bottom of the page.

Assoc. Prof. Dilip Nandwani
1008 Linden Isle Drive
Franklin, TN37064

United States of America