IFOAM International Animal Husbandry Alliance

The animal husbandry 'think tank' of the IFOAM - Organics International Action Group.

The IFOAM International Animal Husbandry Alliance (IAHA) is an informal network of individuals and organizations interested in supporting and strengthening the development of organic animal husbandry. 



Latest News

IAHA Pre-Conference “Organic Animal Husbandry Systems” on 21-22nd September 202, linked to the IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC): postponed to 6th and to 7th September 2021, including the planned farm tours before the Pre-Conference.

Due to the Corona Virus situation, the organizers of the IFOAM Organic World Congress have decided to postpone the OWC to September 8-10 2021, with pre conferences September 6th and 7th.

IAHA will not organise physically a pre-conference in September 2020 nor offer excursions.

The IAHA organising committee has decided continue with the review process of papers and want to publish proceedings in September 2020.

For the time being, we maintain the dates for some form of virtual exchange (21-22-Sept. 2020), in whatever form it will be. More information will be available in May 2020.

We appreciate creative ideas and reflections about the alternatives to a physical meeting (video conference, webinar, etc.). What should be the focus of such virtual meeting, that we still can have an exchange of experiences but do also not make the postponed Pre-Conference in Sept. 2021 less attractive.

Please send your feedback by email to Otto Schmid, FiBL Switzerland, chair of IAHA-Pre-Conferenceotto.schmid@fibl.org



Latest IAHA Newsletter

October 2019 

In this newsletter you will find the reminder about the deadlines for submitting contributions to both, the Science Forum at the Organic World Congress 2020 in Rennes, France and the IAHA Pre-Conference. There is also more detailed information about the Pre-Conference itself.


The October 2011 General Assembly of IFOAM - Organics International recommended that animal husbandry be given more emphasis by our organization. A group of interested individuals, supported by the IFOAM World Board, began to organize and the IFOAM Animal Husbandry Alliance (IAHA) was born in November 2012 upon approval by the World Board. IAHA is the global platform for addressing animal health and welfare, breeding techniques, feeding (e.g. roughage versus concentrates), and related issues.

Objectives & Activities

The most recent IAHA contributions include:

  • A platform for researchers, advisors, farmers, and other interested parties to be heard. This was achieved through a pre-conference on animal husbandry held at the 2017 Organic World Congress (OWC);
  • A workshop on organic livestock development issues at the 2017 OWC;
  • Policy recommendations for the IFOAM General Assembly on the organic sector and movement can support and develop animal husbandry.

IAHA would like to become more active in supporting organic livestock producers through increased advocacy and input into IFOAM decision-making. The network would also like to facilitate learning opportunities at the farmer, institutional, and organizational levels and be in a position to provide recommendations to stakeholders in the organic movement.

Want to get involved? Simply fill out the IAHA-Questionnaire to join the community and receive IAHA's newsletters


For all IAHA-related inquiries: iaha@ifoam.org

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