The Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM - Organics International (TIPI) is organising a Council Membership Meeting that will take place on 13 March 2023. The aim is to elect a new council and decide on the future of TIPI.
The meeting will be virtual and a link will be availed as soon as possible.
TIPI was well-represented at the 2022 IFOAM-Goesan International Organic Expo + Industry Fair, an event where we also celebrated our 50-year anniversary.
Among the TIPI Council members present was Andrew Hammermeister of the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, Mohammad (Reza) Rezapanah from Iran, Gerold Rahmann of the Von Thünen Institute in Germany, Tanveer Hossein, and Brian Baker.
TIPI’s accomplishments and challenges were presented by Baker as part of a workshop that featured IFOAM’s Sector Groups. He shared that “TIPI needs to work on farmer-driven research and farmer-led innovation” and pledged that TIPI would work closely with the Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organisations (INOFO) to realise mutual collaborations and benefits.
The TIPI Council and World Board members met to discuss the future of TIPI which was a productive and forthright conversation. Rahmann, as the President of the International Society for Organic Farming and Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), advised TIPI to focus on one or two achievable goals and consider collaborating with ISOFAR in the future. Jennifer Chang, Executive Director of IFOAM Asia, also expressed a clear interest in increasing technical support for organic agriculture on the continent.
The necessity for the IFOAM Network to create an internal body for member organisations that are involved in research, innovation, and technology development was reiterated by numerous attendees.
Representatives from the World Board and regional bodies concurred that it is critical for the policies created to improve organic agriculture to be based on facts and research.