25th CONFERENCE OF THE WORKING COMMUNITY OF THE DANUBE REGIONS

TUESDAY, APRIL 24 & WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2018

UFT / BOKU TULLN

KONRAD LORENZSTRASSE 24

A-3430 TULLN AN DER DONAU / AUSTRIA

 

SMALL-SCALE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS (MICRO-FARMING): PERSPECTIVES FOR SUSTAINABLE LAND USE

 

Small-scale food production in micro-farming systems is increasingly attracting attention by farmers, consumers and scientists as a possible solution to the manifold ecological and economic dilemma of agriculture and food supply. Such systems typically involve intense labour and aim at high and diverse productivity on small pieces of land. Micro-farming has been employed in weak economies (subsidence agriculture) for meeting the own demands of food, and more recently becomes popular as alternative to conventional food supply systems for citizen and entrepreneurs also in wealthy regions, e.g. the "market gardener" company based in Canada. While micro-farming appears promising for meeting the increasing demand for high quality and quantity of food supply under different economic and social settings, in-depth evaluation of their sustainability is yet required. This includes various dimensions such as the origin, rate and quality of energy, organic matter, nutrient and water inputs, as well as the economic viability and implications for food security and safety if micro-farming is to become a substantial contributor to food supply. This conference brings together practitioners, experts, scientists and students from the Danube region and other parts of the world to demonstrate and discuss the opportunities and challenges for sustainable soil and land uses in the context of micro-farming.

 

 

Programmedraft

  Tuesday, April 24, 2018

 

  • Morning Session at UFT - Introduction to the topic, case studies from different regions

 

  • Afternoon session at the research farm of Alfred Gran, Absdorf (demonstration)

 

  • Evening: dinner at "Heurigen" in Absdorf

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

 

  • Official Opening (Governor of Lower Austria)

 

  • Keynote / input lectures related to the topics covered by the subsequent workshops (probably 3)
  • Presentation of related results of a project conducted by BOKU students

 

  • Three parallel Workshops covering different aspects of the development and sustainability assessment of micro-farming systems:
  • Workshop I: Development of efficient and easy-to-apply management options for different social and environmental (soil, climate) settings
    • Low bed / constructed bed ...
    • Crop rotation
    • Intercropping systems
    • Pest control
    • Implications for productivity
  • Workshop II: Sustainability assessment of micro-farming systems addressing origin, quantity and quality of inputs and outputs:
    • Humus / substrates
    • Nutrients and water
    • Energy
    • Labour
  • Workshop III: Micro-scale farming and implications for food and soil quality
    • Inorganic pollutants
    • Organic pollutants
    • Biotic contaminants

Dinner at UFT

 

Detailed Programme will follow