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.
OFIA is awarded in two categories: the “Grand Prize” and the “Science Prize”. The OFIA Committee selects one Grand Prize and one Science Prize winner each based on the criteria of innovativeness, applicability, relevance and impact potential. The current OFIA Committee comprises of Dr. Seung Yong Ra (RDA), Prof. Dr. Sung-Yee Yoon (Korean Association of Organic Agriculture), Andre Leu (President, IFOAM -Organics International), Markus Arbenz (Executive Director, IFOAM -Organics International), Dr. Uygun Aksoy, Ege University, Turkey and Jörg Schumacher (Bio Suisse, OFIA Grand Prize winner 2014).
2014 winners with OFIA Committee members
The winners receive a monetary award (10,000 US$ for Grand Prize and 5,000 US$ for Science Prize) and a specially commissioned, sculpted memento at a festive ceremony during the OWC. The award earns the winners and their inspiring work more visibility, and helps spread their messages 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.