Broad Theme:
‘Emerging trends in Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture'

The International Seminar on the broad theme ‘Emerging trends in Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture’ from December 29 -31, 2016 under the aegis of Inter University Centre for Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture, Mahatma Gandhi University Campus, Priya Darshini Hills PO, Kottayam.

Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control. Organic farming uses fertilizers and pesticides (which include herbicides, insecticides and fungicides) which are considered natural (such as bone meal from animals or pyrethrin from flowers) and excludes or strictly limits the use of various methods (including synthetic petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides; plant growth regulators such as hormones; antibiotic use in livestock; genetically modified organisms; human sewage sludge; and nanomaterials) in pursuit of goals including sustainability, openness, independence, health, and safety.

Organic agricultural methods are internationally regulated and legally enforced by many nations, based in large part on the standards set by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), an international umbrella organization for organic farming organizations established in 1972. The USDA definition as of April 1995 is: “Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony”. Since 1990 the market for organic food and other products has grown rapidly, reaching $63 billion worldwide in 2012. plantThis demand has driven a similar increase in organically managed farmland that grew from 2001 to 2011 at a compounding rate of 8.9% per annum. As of 2011, approximately 37,000,000 hectares (91,000,000 acres) worldwide were farmed organically, representing approximately 0.9 percent of total world farmland.

About the Seminar

The International Seminar on Emerging Trends in Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture (ISETOFSA-2016) to be held under the aegis of Inter University Centre for in Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture (IUCOFSA), Kottayam, Kerala (India) aims to examine the levels of knowledge and understanding of the global academic and scientific community about Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture. The seminar assumes significance in the context of the extensive damage to which the environment and severe health concerns occasioned by synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. It brings together scientists, scholars, researchers and students working in the areas of Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture in different parts of the world. This Seminar intends to present the state-of-the-art in Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture and focus on recent advances and research activities in the field and generate a lively discussion and interaction across disciplinary and institutional borders. More specifically, the aim of the Seminar is to stimulate and share revolutionary developments in Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture and stimulate new research specifically by approaching the questions not highlighted within traditional disciplines of Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture. This seminar offers the opportunity for an international gathering of scientists, practitioners, therapists, and educators who come from different professional perspectives, but share common interests to explore and become familiar with the developments in these fields. Thus the Seminar provides a platform to prominent researchers to highlight recent work, discuss current issues and help to define the identity of the field, in addition to identifying gaps in our current understanding and propose directions for future research.


  1. Soil Management for Sustainable Agriculture
  2. Integrated Pest Management
  3. Organic Standards in Market of Sustainable Agriculture Products
  4. Healthy Food Practice & Health
  5. Crop Diversity, Crop Productivity and Animal Husbandry
  6. Farming Practices- A Paradigm Shift
  7. Biodiversity and Agro Ecology
  8. Carbon Sequestration and Organic Farming


  1. National & International Scientists, Academicians
  2. National & International Research Scholars / NGOs
  3. National & International Media
  4. Farmers and Peasants /Agrocrats
  5. Folklorists/Musicians
  6. Agro industrialists and Agro businessman / Registered Residents Association

The event is scheduled to coincide with the most pleasant and festive of times to visit Kerala and internationally acclaimed ‘must see destination’ which will be decked up to celebrate Christmas and New Year. The venue of the seminar is School of Chemical Sciences Auditorium,Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam which on account of its proximity to Kumarakom is a definite lure. The Hill Station of Munnar is three hours away while Kochi famed as the Queen of Arabian Sea is only an hour away.



Several internationally renowned scholars and researchers working in the areas of Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture have agreed to attend the Seminar as speakers. The Seminar is open for further participants, who are invited to submit their papers or participate as listeners. The multidisciplinary and multicultural interaction between presenters and participants from different fields and professions is sure to develop better understanding of the challenges and enrich all with the new available methods and ideas. Personal professional experience, research results, theories and practice will be discussed and new techniques will be presented in order to open new horizons for each one of the Seminar participants.

Interested researchers and students are invited to submit the abstract of paper (300 words) through the Seminar Email: related to the Seminar research areas.

All submissions (full paper not exceeding 3000 words) will be peer reviewed and their originality and relevance to the Seminar will be evaluated. Submissions would strictly follow APA format. Paper accepted for oral presentation will be given 10 minutes for presentation and discussion. The Seminar proceedings will be published in the form of a monograph after the Seminar.


The seminar will be held in the School of Chemical Sciences Auditorium, Mahatma Gandhi University Campus. For outstation delegates, the accommodation facilities shall be made available in one of the reputed hotels in Kottayam. However, the expenditure in this regard shall be met by the delegates themselves.



  1. Indian Participants
Category Amount (Rs.)
Participants from Industry 10000
General Participants 5000
Academicians/NGOs 3500
Research Scholar/Students 2000
Accompanying Spouse 2500
  2. Foreign Participants
Category Amount ($)
Participants from Industry 500
General Participants 350
Academicians/NGOs 250
Research Scholar 175
Accompanying Spouse 150
The registration fee includes:
  1. Participation of one registered person in the Seminar
  2. Publishing of the abstracts and full papers in the international scientific proceeding on CDs with ISBN number
  3. Agrifarm visits
  4. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the Seminar (Organic food including native ethnic organic food)


  1. Online Payment using Credit/Debit card or Net banking
  2. Direct Deposit in the bank account
Account Name Convener, International Seminar on Emerging Trends in Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture
Bank Name and Branch State Bank of Travancore, M G University Campus Branch, Kottayam
Account Number 67357924474
IFSC Code SBTR0000669
Swift Code SBTRINBB102
PLEASE NOTE: The fee will be further increased by 15% after 30th October 2016. By Paying the fees you agree that complete amount is non-refundable. If fees is paid after 25th October 2016 then papers/articles may not be included in seminar proceedings.
Key Speakers
  1. Thomas Issac Hon’ble Minister for Finance, Government of Kerala
  2. C. Ravindranath Hon’ble Minister for Education, Government of Kerala
  3. Rajan Gurukkal PM Centre for Contemporary Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  4. Jungho Suh Lecturer, University of Adelaide, Australia
  5. Xavier Puig Montserrat  Galanthus Centre per a l'Estudii la Conservació del Medi Ambient Crta. de Juià, 46 - 17460 Celrà (Girona), SPAINT
  6. Shabeg S. Briar Montana State University, Central Agricultural Research Center (CARC), 52583 US Hwy 87, Moccasin, MT 59462
  7. Nelson Charles Agrarian University of Havana, Carretera de Tapaste y Autopista Nacional, San José de las Lajas, Mayabeque, Cuba-7
  8. Delvis Valdés Zayas Sancti Spiritus University, Cuba
  9. Gilles Allaire INRA, US 0685 (ODR), F-31326 Auzeville, France
  10. Stéphane Bellon INRA, UR 767 F-84914 Avignon Cedex 9, France
  11. Sapna E. Thottathil University of California Berkeley, California, USA
  12. K P Mohanakumar Inter University Centre for Biomedical Research and Super Speciality Hospital, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, INDIA
  13. Dr. Tridip Hazarika School of Earth Sciences and Natural Resources Management, Mizoram University, Tanhril, Aizawl, Mizoram
  14. Dr. S. K. Tripathi Department of Forestry, Mizoram University, Aizawl-796004, India
  15. Dr. R. K. Bhattacharyya Professor, Department of Horticulture,Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam, INDIA
  16. R. Sundararaj Forest and Wood Protection Division, Institute of Wood Science & Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  17. Neelu Nangia University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK Campus, Bengaluru, Karnataka,INDIA
  18. Sartaj A TiyagiAligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, UP, INDIA
  19. Y V Singh ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, INDIA
  20. PC Abhilash Institute of Environment & Sustainable Develpment, Banaras Hindu University, UP, INDIA
  21. Dr.P.Indira Devi College of Horticulture, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, Kerala, India
  22. K Usha ICAR- Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, INDIA


Chief Patron:
Dr. Babu Sebastian, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor

  1. Dr. Sheena Shukkur
    Pro Vice Chancellor
  2. Prof (Dr) R Vijayakumar
    Member, Syndicate
  3. Dr. S Sujatha, Member

General Convener:
Sri. M R Unni
Registrar and Director, IUCOFSA

Seminar Director:
Dr. B Prakash kumar B
Associate Professor, School of Biosciences

  1. a. Dr. A. P. Thomas
    Honorary Director, Advanced Centre for Environmental Studies & Sustainable Development
  2. b. Dr. K. Jayachandran
    Associate Professor, School of Biosciences
  3. Dr. K. Sabukkuttan
    Head Dept of Life Long Learning & Extension
  4. Dr. Robinet Jacob
    Head, Dept of Tourism Studies
Seminar Advisory Committee:
  1. Dr. K.P. Mohanakumar
    Director, Inter Universitty Centre for Biomedical Research & Superspeciality Hospital
  2. Prof. (Dr) Sabu Thomas
    Hon. Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  3. Prof. (Dr) C.T. Aravinda kumar
    Head, School of Environmental Sciences
  4. Prof. (Dr.) M. S. Jisha
    Co-ordinator, NIPST
  5. Dr. Nandakumar Kalarikkal
    Associate Professor, School of Pure and Applied Physics
  6. Dr. Gireesh kumar
    Asst. Professor, School of International Relations and Politics
  7. Dr. Harikumar Changampuzha
    Asst Professor, School of Letters
  8. Dr. Aju Narayanan
    Asst. Professor, School of Letters
  9. Dr. Mahesh Mohan
    Asst Professor, School of Environmental Sciences
  10. Dr. V P Sylas
    Asst Professor, School of Environmental Sciences
  11. Dr S Anas
    Asst Professor, School of Chemical Sciences
  12. Smt. S Usha kumari
    Executive Director, Thanal
  13. Sri. C Jayakumar
    Director, Pesticide Action Network
  14. Sri. K. V. Dayal