15 November 2018
UK Organic Congress 2018

Going for Growth – Transforming organic food and farming in the UK



4 September 2018
The Oak Award open for nominations

New award for outstanding contribution to the UK organic sector

17 August 2018
Global assessment of agricultural system redesign

Agricultural sustainability is delivering increases in productivity and improving the environment, and has spread to 163 million farms worldwide



20 August 2018
Tipping point in agricultural production

New study identifies that developing countries are winning the sustainable Intensification race

Organic Centre Wales

Organic Centre Wales was established in 2000 with funding from the Welsh Government to act as the focal point for information on organic food and farming in Wales. Initially a collaboration between Aberystwyth University, ADAS Wales, IGER, the Soil Association and the Organic Research Centre, the present partnership operating OCW consists of the University, ADAS Wales and ORC. ORC has contributed much to the partnership with input on GM and education, delivery of events and training, and direct involvement in OCIS Wales delivery, of which was shared with ADAS Wales.

OCW has provided a single point of contact in Wales for a wide range of services to producers, processors and consumers. This provision has been significantly reduced with the loss in 2011 of core funding from Welsh Government as well as the OCIS Wales and Farming Connect Organic Development Programme contracts.

Although OCW is no longer leading Farming Connect organic work, it is registered with the current lead provider, Menter a Busnes, for the provision of technical advice on a ‘call-off’ basis.

OCW has received significant funding under the Welsh Assembly Government’s plans to improve supply chain efficiencies. The Better Organic Business Links (BOBL) project is developing activity on a number of fronts. Several ORC staff have contributed to various initiatives including the preparation of 2 in-depth market reviews in organic horticulture and arable, pigs and poultry. A new project to which ORC staff are contributing is a review of the long term viability of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) schemes. ORC is also represented on the BOBL Steering Group.