FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the OLC

  1. Who is eligible?
  2. What will I learn?
  3. What is the format of the OLC?
  4. What will the OLC require of me?
  5. What is the tuition fee?
  6. Where has the OLC taken place? Where is it taking place?

1. Who is eligible?

Eligible participants are women and men, committed to the principles of Organic Agriculture, who wish to achieve personal development and leadership within the Organic Agriculture movement. Participants may have their background in

  • Farmers organizations or national organic movements
  • Organic companies, production, processing, trade or retail
  • Organic certification bodies
  • Consumers organisations
  • Organizations campaigning for sustainable rural development
  • Research, extension, education or rural development institutions
  • Government institutions (e.g. ministries of agriculture, development or environment)
  • Development agencies

2. What will I learn?

After completing the OLC, you will be able to

  • Analyze situations holistically, draw conclusions in line with the principles of Organic Agriculture
  • Design strategies and lead people and organizations in an effective and ethical way
  • Develop organizations and manage projects, including their planning, fundraising, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Build relationships, networks and cross-sector alliances
  • Master convincing communication inside and outside of your institution and influence organic advocacy targets
  • Make value chains more sustainable and competitive
  • Use services from the organic sector, including the IFOAM Organic Guarantee System, to develop the organic movement
  • Access research, advise and train

3. What is the format of the OLC?

Two highly intensive residential modules (each about 8 days) are complemented by ten online learning sessions (each a half a day).

During the online training periods, OLC participants study the material provided on the learning platform at their own pace and meet on a regular basis in web-based seminars ("webinars"), consisting of lectures and discussions with subject experts.

OLC participants also use the time between residential modules to apply lessons learned to a project of their own choosing. The project is reported upon to the group and each participant receives feedback and support.

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4. What will the OLC require of me?

Participants are expected to actively engage in all residential trainings, webinars and individual tasks. They will need to implement a project of their own and perform a public appearance (e.g. as a conference speaker or in an interview in the mass media).

Learning success depends on the particpant's attitude; readiness to share experiences and openness to build relationships with peers and other learning process stakeholders is vital to achieve the course objectives.

Participants will need access to a computer and internet for the duration of the course. They are expected to invest on average a half to one day per week. In the course of the training it is also anticipated that the participant's organization becomes an Affiliate of IFOAM - Organics International.

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5. What is the tuition fee?

The tuition fee includes training, teaching materials, excursions, board, lodging and internet access (during the residential training), access to the e-learning software, graduation certificate and access to the alumni network. They exclude travel costs to the residential trainings, participants' equipment and pocket money.

 IFOAM may assist candidates in obtaining scholarships.



Tuition fees vary from region to region depending on the training cost. Please consult the respective OLC brochures to learn more about specific courses.




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