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Joy Daniel, development consultant and expert in Information Management has 15 years of experience in organic agriculture and rural development. He has worked outside the country in various international organisations including the United Nations for a decade before returning to India. At present, he is the Executive Director of Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD) based in Aurangabad (India). He believes that small and marginal farmers, especially women should have adequate access to knowledge that will lead to self-reliance and empowerment. He is the Co-ordinator of Organic Bazaar network of India, Chairperson of PGS India Organic Council (PGSIOC), and member of International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Task Force on Good Governance. Vilas Patil, social worker, has over 15 years of experience in organic farming practices and biodynamic agriculture. He works in a development organisation, Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD) based in Aurangabad (India), and is involved with small farmers mobilisation, farmer training and promotion of community based organic guarantee systems to enable market access for the small farmers. He is involved in the development of local markets for the organic products of small farmers through the concept of "Organic Bazaars". He has mobilised farmers in establishment of community based seed banks for indigenous seed preservation and promotion. He has so far trained 6000 small farmers in biodynamic and organic farming and has been a resource person and participant in organic agriculture courses both in India and abroad. Alka Najan is an organic farmer, with a diploma in organic agriculture, has 12 years of practical experience in organic farming practices. She is among the very few women farmers of India with such vast knowledge and expertise in biodynamic farming and organic agriculture. She currently works in Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD) as trainer for farmers and representatives from development organisations on organic farming practices and community based participatory guarantee systems of organic products. She has participated as resource person on organic farming in national and regional forums.

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