The world needs the help of leaders who can show how to meet the challenge of sustaining human society in an ecologically and socially responsible way. Organic principles and practices are the core solution to sustainability, but the organic movement also recognizes it must improve its own performance.
The IFOAM Community of Best Practice (also called the Best Practice Community) engages innovative organizations and thought leaders with the aim of continuously improving the understanding and implementation of organic principles and practices worldwide.
IFOAM’s Best Practice Community addresses two main intentions:
- Improving performance of and by the organic sector through developing practices described in the Best Practice Guideline for Agriculture and Value Chains, leading to sustainability in all of its dimensions; and
- Enabling organic practices and products to become society’s mainstream choice globally, by demonstrating their accessibility and advantages.
IFOAM’s Best Practice Community is populated by organizations and individuals dedicated to furthering and manifesting the intentions stated above. These entities contribute to this effort depending on their particular work scope, and can be categorized as follows:
- Practitioners – operations, standards schemes, sustainability assessment tools, and organic sector support programs – ie, those who actually put best practice into action and assure that production and value chains perform in line with stated intentions. These pioneering and leading organizations are those who can use the IFOAM Best Practice logo.
- The members of the Sustainable Organic Agriculture Action Network (SOAAN) act as a think tank that provides strategy, conceptual structure and content to the development of best practices.
- IFOAM’s Technology Information Platform (TIPI) coalesces the scientific research agenda for the organic sector, with its members actively carrying out relevant investigations.
People and organizations participate in the Community for:
- Demonstration – To show what they do toward manifesting the Principles of Organic Agriculture;
- Advocacy and Promotion – To show how organic principles and practices provide benefits to themselves and others;
- Learning, Exchange, and Collaboration – to find new ways to work together and manifest the Principles of Organic Agriculture.