Every three years, at the Organic World Congress (OWC), IFOAM-Organics International, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of South Korea, and the IFOAM Technology Innovation Platform (TIPI) award great organic innovators with the Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA). By highlighting the innovations, OFIA underlines the necessity of innovations in order to accelerate the adoption of Organic Agriculture worldwide. Further, it has the mission to motivate innovations, and to boost the uptake of the innovations highlighted.
OFIA is an initiative of the government of South Korea in remembrance of the Organic World Congress (OWC) 2011 held in its Gyeonggi Province. Read more about the RDA-IFOAM Collaboration.
The OFIA is awarded in two categories: the overall “Grand Prize” and the “Science Prize”, awarded for outstanding scientific innovation. The OFIA Committee selects one Grand Prize and one Science Prize winner based on the criteria of innovativeness, applicability, relevance and impact potential.
Winners receive a monetary award and a specially commissioned, sculpted memento at a festive ceremony during the OWC. Above all, the award gives the winners gain visibility for their inspiring work, and their messages gets spread to a wider audience.
The deadline for the submission of your innovation for the third OFIA is 1 March, 2017, for which the call will be announced here. The prizes will be awarded at the 2017 OWC to be held in New Delhi.