Join us August 10 for the Sixth OFIA Summit!

The Sixth Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) Summit will be held in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA on August 10, 2019 from 8:00 - 9:30 am and 10:00 - 11:30 am!

View the Program: PDF icon ofia_summit_program_for_download.pdf


OFIA is an initiative of the government of the Republic of Korea in remembrance of the 17th Organic World Congress held in 2011 in its Gyeonggi Province. The OFIA Committee selects Grand Prize and Science Prize winners based on criteria of innovativeness, relevance, applicability, and potential for impact. To learn more about OFIA, visit

The Organic Farming Innovation Award is the organic movement's prize awarded to highlight organic innovations of scientists, extension agents, and practitioners. OFIA strives to contribute to solving problems, exploring the potential to increase effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of organic farming, as well as improving viability for environment, plants, animals, and human beings.

Once every three years, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of the Republic of Korea, IFOAM - Organics International, and the IFOAM Technology Innovation Platform (TIPI) use the platform of the Organic World Congress to bestow the Organic Farming Innovation Award to outstanding organic innovators.






Worldwide, there is an urgent need for sustainable solutions to poverty, food insecurity, soil erosion, biodiversity decline, and climate change. Innovations in organic agriculture have a crucial role in the search for local or scalable solutions for more sustainable and regenerative farming. It is one of the main roles of agricultural research, and farmers are often the innovators.


The 6th OFIA Summit will have the thematic focus "Nurturing a Culture of Improvement in Organic Agriculture", tying into the debate of how innovations can spur and nurture the growth of organic agriculture as envisioned in Organic 3.0.


Hampshire College, Robert Crown Center

Amherst, Massachusetts, USA                                                 

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The Sixth OFIA Summit will entail two individual sessions: one from 8:00 - 9:30 am and the other from 10:00 - 11:30 am. Both sessions will feature interactive panel discussions addressing the 'Role of Innovation' and 'Nurturing a Culture of Improvement'.

The session moderator will prompt panelists to discuss the topic of innovation in organic amongst themselves and with the audience. As such, the panel discussions are intended to be interactive, and audience members are encouraged to engage with the panelists and ask/provide questions and comments of their own.

Part I: 8:00 - 9:30 am 

  • Chair: Louise Luttikholt, Executive Director of IFOAM - Organics International (30 min)
  • Julie Rawson, Executive Director of Northeast Organic Farming Association - MA Chapter (20 min)
  • Brian Baker, Former President of IFOAM North America (20 min)
  • Interactive Discussion & Q/A with Panelists, moderated by Louise Luttikholt (20 min)

Break & Screening of Short Film 'We Unite': 9:30 - 10:00 am

  • If you are unable to attend this screening, we will have a second screening at 12:30 pm in the same location! 

Part II: 10:00 - 11:30 am

  • Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Hossain, Program Officer at the Asian Productivity Organization, 2011 OFIA Awardee (25 min)
  • Brian Caldwell, Owner/Operator of Hemlock Grove Farm (20 min)
  • Mike Hands, Director, Inga Foundation and OFIA 2017 Awardee (25 min)
  • Interactive Discussion & Q/A with Panelists, moderated by Louise Luttikholt (20 min)

We Unite Screening

Following the summit, we will be screening our 12-minute short film 'We Unite'! This screening is free, please join us.

  • Location: auditorium of the Rober Crown Center, Hampshire College Campus
  • Time: 12:30 pm EDT


NOFA Summer ConferenceThis year's OFIA Summit is being organized in conjunction with the 45th Annual Summer Conference of the Northeast  Organic Farming Association (NOFA).

Entitled "Nutrition Matters: Soil Health Builds Human Health", the 2019 NOFA Summer Conference represents a dynamic and diverse gathering of people working at the intersections of organic agriculture and gardening, food justice, land management, education, carbon sequestration, environment, and health.

IFOAM - Organics International looks forward to this event, which Hampshire College has graciously offered to host. A family-friendly affair, the 2019 NOFA Summer Conference will be open to kids, adults, and teens alike. It will feature a variety of workshops for all ages and live music, games, and amazing food from over 60 vendors!

Conference registration is now open, please sign up online here.

Who is NOFA?

The Northeast Organic Farming Association is a US-based non-profit organization of over 5,000 farmers, gardeners, landscape professionals, and consumers working to advocate for and educate about healthy food, organic growing practices, agricultural justice, and a cleaner environment.

NOFA has regional chapters in 7 US states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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