What We Do

A range of chillies, tomatoes and vegetables at a market.

Agent of change on behalf of our members

IFOAM – Organics International

Our mission is ‘leading change, organically’. This means that we work toward true sustainability in agriculture, from the field, through the value chain to the consumer.

With more than 750 members in over 127 countries, we are the voice of the global organic movement.

Our work

The challenges our food and farming systems face are complex.  Working toward innovative solutions, we focus on three key areas:

  1. Supply: Facilitating capacity development for sustainable production.
    • We facilitate the transition of farmers to organic agriculture, train future leaders in the Organic Academy, advance innovative solutions such as True Cost Accounting with our think-tanking work and have tangible impact on the ground with projects around the world.
  2. Awareness Raising: Campaigning and acting as a resource center for organic communications.
    • We take the lead in organic campaigns to encourage consumers to buy more organic, working with a wide range of partners. We also host and promote numerous events.
  3. Policy & Guarantee: Advocating and providing support for the creation of a favorable policy environment.
    • We raise awareness of the need to integrate truly sustainable agriculture into policies dealing with food security, climate change and biodiversity. Our Policy Toolkit shows how organic can be a part of the solution to global challenges.

Our vision

We have been the global organic umbrella organization since 1972. The early pioneers (‘Organic 1.0’) paved the way for the formation of the organic movement and the codification of standards and enforced rules that have established the organic sector and helped it grow to a market value of over US$80 billion per year (‘Organic 2.0’).

Now the organic movement is entering a new phase that we call ‘Organic 3.0‘. Organic 3.0 positions organic as a modern, innovative system that has positive impacts on global environmental and social challenges. It is the overall strategic plan of the global organic movement for further growth and sustainability in order to increase the positive impact on the planet and the people.

You can find more detailed information about our vision, mission and strategy in the new strategic plan

Our Activities

In addition to supporting a diverse global membership, we ...

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Organic Farming Conference, December 2013...organize high profile events where organic stakeholders can share their knowledge and expertise and establish valuable partnerships;​​
...implement projects, with global and regional partners, which facilitate conversion to Organic Agriculture, empower local stakeholders and strengthen supply chains as well as help raise consumer awareness;
...put Organic Agriculture on the agenda of international decision makers, showcasing its potential to benefit food and livelihood security, battle climate change and preserve biodiversity;
Organic Vegetables...guide you through the increasing complexity of organic standards and regulations, and promote alternatives to certification that are adapted to the diverse needs of organic farmers; and 

...shape the future of the organic sector by training a new generation of leaders through our Organic Leadership Courses and other services.