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Welcome to the commodity circus

P1010180I am Jens Soth, agronomist and environmental engineer and have been trying to improve the environmental and social soundness of products for some decades now.

In the last years the discussion about agricultural commodities changed rapidly and I see the big family of organic cotton being a dynamic and engaged change agent within this trend.

Happy to contribute to the discussion I will try to keepp an eye on the discussions moving ahead and more partnerships being established to bring the entire movement ahead.

my interest in this conference

great to be here and blog and blip about the conference!

We visited organic cotton farmers in the helvetas project in Mali in 2003. I`ve been setting up an exhibition about organic cotton for Helvetas in 2004 and touring around Switzerland until 2007.  It was quite successful, 30`000 people have seen it, we had lots of school classes for guided tours also and side events.

Now I am curious to get to know participants to the conference and to interview them.

Congress Start – Finally!

My name is Patrick and I have been working for Helvetas only for a few months. After weeks and months of preparation the congress finally started today. So far everything runs very smoothly and we have reason to expect no major diffuculties. We hope that the OC platform will be frequently used by the participants. Although I am knew to it as well it really looks like great tool!