Organic farming is, for Gabi Soto, a way of life. She has been the president of Costa Rica’s National Organic Certification Agency, EcoLOGICA, for over 15 years and is a professor of soil ecology carrying out applied research and coordinating a Master’s Program in Ecological Agriculture at the National University in Costa Rica. She and her partner grow organic vegetables, cacao, and an array of tropical fruits for their home and the local market.
Within IFOAM, Gabi has been particularly active supporting the work of SOAAN to envision alternative marketing structures for the organic sector that comprehensively address social justice issues, as well as maximize organic’s potential to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Gabi has served on the IFOAM World Board since 2011 and was an IFOAM Vice President from 2011-2014.