After the successful conclusion of the 17th IFOAM Organic World Congress in 2011- the first-ever to be held in Asia - many organic stakeholders in Asia felt the need for an organic alliance in the region. Discussions began in earnest at the end of May 2012 in South Korea where 18 leaders of the organic movements from 14 countries achieved consensus on the formation of such a body. A second physical meeting in Manila laid the framework of “IFOAM Asia” and after five months of preparations, it was officially approved by the Global IFOAM World Board on November 24, 2012.
IFOAM Asia was formally launched on June 28, 2013 and celebrated its 2nd General Assembly on June 1, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea with representation from 10 countries in Asia.
IFOAM Organics Asia Board
The newly elected IFOAM Organics Asia board for the Years 2015 to 2017 is as follows:
President, Mr. Zhou Zejiang (China)
Vice-President, Mr. Manoj Menon (India)
Vice-President, Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Hossain (Bangladesh)
Board Member, Dr. Suh Chong Hyuk (South Korea)
Board Member, Ms Rika Oishi (Japan)
Board Member, Mr Rasdi Wangsa (Indonesia)
Board Member, Mr Patrick Belisario (Philippines)
Internal Auditor, Shinji Hashimoto (Japan)
The 1st IFOAM Asia Organic Congress Together with The 1st Goesan Organic Festival
Andre Leu, President of IFOAM - Organics International, was the keynote speaker at the ALGOA Summit and presented his thoughts on why ALGOA should promote Organic Agriculture. His opening speech can be read here. If you are interested in finding out more about the second ALGOA Summit go on their website. There you can aquire all of the presentation that were giving during this event and the final ouput (second declaration) can be found here.
Name Change to IFOAM Organic Asia
Following the 2nd GA, The newly-elected board made the historic decision to follow in the footsteps of its mother organization and changed its name to IFOAM Organics Asia.
Main Work Areas to be Scaled-up in the Next Two Years
The four main work areas of IFOAM Organics Asia will be scaled-up in the next two years with more accomplishments:
- Implementation of the bio-village model of organic agriculture development with the launching of the “Association of Asian Local Governments for Organic Agriculture (AALGOA)”;
- Expansion of the Korean & Japanese organic coop models, PGS and CSA through country-specific implementations and international conferences.
How to Become an IFOAM Asia Member
Membership is open to all affiliates, associates and supporters of IFOAM Organics International; and organizations and individuals involved in Organic Agriculture that have an institutional address in Asia. For more information on becoming an IFOAM Organics Asia member, please see our Terms and Conditions. To apply, fill out the relevant membership forms.
IFOAM Organics International Affiliates in Asia
Upon the submission of an application form in writing, IFOAM Organics International Affiliates in Asia automatically become members of IFOAM Asia. To apply please fill in the membership form.
Non-Global IFOAM Affiliates
Membership is open to all Non-Affiliates of IFOAM Organics International, organizations and individuals involved in Organic Agriculture in Asia. To apply please fill in the membership form.
Supporters & Patrons
All supporters and patrons are welcome in IFOAM Organics Asia and membership is open to all organizations, companies, institutes and individuals involved in Organic Agriculture in Asia. To apply please fill in the membership form for individuals or for patrons.
For more information, please contact the IFOAM Organics Asia Secretariat
Jennifer Chang, Executive Director
e-mail: asia [at] ifoam.bio
mobile: + 82 (0)10 8206 7316
office: + 82(0) 70 7770 2190
fax: + 82 (0)2 576 2180
address: 3rd Floor, Doguro 1 gil, 45 Seocho-gu (Bangbae-dong 475-26) Seoul 137-819, South Korea