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. 



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On September 21 and 22, 2020, IAHA organized a video conference on Organic Animal Husbandry Systems.

There were 15 paper contributions and five posters presented on different aspects of organic animal husbandry. 

All contribution texts can be found in the IAHA proceedings “Organic Animal Husbandry systems – challenges, performance and potentials”. September 2020.

Download the proceedings here.

Download the press release here.

A summary and the minutes of the discussions will be available in mid-October.

The planned IAHA Pre-Conference “Organic Animal Husbandry Systems” on 21-22nd September 2020, linked to the IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC) has been postponed to 6th and to 7th September 2021, including the planned farm tours before the Pre-Conference.

IAHA is now working on the preliminary programme of this Pre-Conference. Already more than 20 contributions have been reviewed and accepted.

Due to the Coronavirus 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 September 2021.

More information is on the IFOAM Website. https://owc.ifoam.bio/2020/en

If you have questions on the IAHA Pre-Conferences, send an 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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