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1st Field visit to Aargau (CH)

08 Sep 2016
Clock 09 : 00 - 16 : 00 CEST
Location In person | Frick , Switzerland
08:30-09:45 Presentation (FiBL)

‐ Swiss Organic Action Plan Guide – Production measures

‐ Examples of regional OAP in Switzerland: Fribourg, Jura

‐ SME ORGANICS activities planned for canton Aargau incl. good

practice examples

Good Practice Examples:

Projects for Regional Development (Federal Office for Agriculture)

The New Regional Policy (Aargau Services location promotion, canton


09:45-10:10 Coffee

10:10-12:00 10:10- 11:20: Parallel workshops on the thematic areas with focus on

addressed policies (each partner should be represented at all sessions,

either by a partner or by a local stakeholder):

‐ Ws 1: Production and processing (70` workshop) (Interbio)

‐ Ws 2: Training and advice (70` workshop) (FiBL)

‐ Ws 3: Organic value chain efficiency and governance (70`

workshop) (SEUAS)

‐ Ws 4: Commercialization and marketing (70` workshop) (FiBL)

11:20- 12:00: Plenary session: 4 workshop presentations of 10` each

12:00-13:15 Lunch (at FiBL)

13:30-18:30 Visiting competitive organic SMEs – selected success stories

1. Zentrum-Metzg (Aargau, Windisch): meat processing and sales

2. Biopartner (Aargau, Seon): Trading with (regional) organic products

18:30-22:00 3. Visit and Dinner Eichberg (Aargau, Seengen): organic farm & more

(incl. stakeholders and guests from canton Aargau)

‐ Handicraft products: cookies and cakes, marmalade, pralines

‐ Organic Farm estate: crops (a.o. spelt), free-range eggs, cattle


‐ Organic vegetable production: a.o. salad, vegetables, herbs

o Own and purchase produce is directly sold in a farm shop

and delivered to village shop

‐ Restaurant

‐ Health and leisure hotel; Health Department with physio- and

physical therapy; Residence apartments

1st Field visit- Aargau (Switzerland) - AGENDA

Friday, 9. September 2016


Consortium meeting: progress and next steps

‐ Progress and next steps on exchange of experiences, Leire Iriarte,

GN (30`), incl. discussion on the diagnosis with partners.

‐ Policy advice & development of project outputs, Stephen Meredith,

IFOAM EU (15’)

‐ Communication, Iñaki Goñi, INTIA (15`)

‐ Management and financial issues, Nancy Tarjenian, SODENA (15`)

10:00-10:30 Coffee

10:30-12:00 Production/processing standards and guidelines of Swiss organic and Bio


‐ What kind of additives are allowed in organic production and how

do these restrictions influence the sensory characteristics of

organic products

‐ Communicating organic products

Background information Bio Suisse: umbrella organisation of the Swiss

organic farmers counting 32 organic farmers associations and the

Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, has common and uniform

standards for agriculture and processing, a common lable the “Bud” with a

market share of 60%, more than 800 processing and trade companies

have a licence contract with BioSuisse to use the label.

12:00-12:30 How product innovation and SME competitiveness can be promoted by

public policy (Hightech Center Aargau)

12:30-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:30 Market development and consumer trends

‐ Marketing strategies and potentials for sustainable, organic,

regional and fair products

14:30-15:45 Guided Tour and Wine Tasting FiBL