Organic Leadership Courses

!!! IFOAM is now launching the OLC EUROPE 2014/2015 !!!
in partnership with IFOAM EU

!!! Submit your APPLICATION before April 30 !!!


Organic Agriculture Needs Organic Leaders!

Our planet needs people with the will and the energy to take the lead, make decisions
and help us move towards a sustainable agricultural future.

The IFOAM Organic Leadership Course (OLC) will help you to be that leader!

The course is geared towards enabling and supporting concrete action. A variety of methods are used to facilitate learning at different levels (action, reflection and theory) as well as learning with and from each other.

In total, the course offers 150 hours of intensive training, 16 days in person in a class of 20 - 25 participants and 10 half-day webinars in the same group.


...Knowledge -- facts and the latest information about organic agriculture production, trade, policy and regulation. As the courses are organised on a regional level this knowledge will be locally relevant with an international vision.

...Skills -- sound management principles and know-how.  The course is holistic and interactive - an ideal environment to develop your own management tools and skills.

...Attitude -- a leader's personality and bearing. By networking with peers, meeting with pioneers and market leaders you will gain the essential confidence and ability to present yourself as a leader in Organic Agriculture.

View the IFOAM Academy Brochure for more information

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

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 - this includes planning, fundraising,
   implementation, monitoring and evaluation

...Build relationships, networks and cross-sector alliances
...Master convincing communication inside and outside of their institutions and influence
   organic advocacy targets

...Make their 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

Two highly intensive residential modules (each about 8 days) are complemented by ten online learning sessions (webinars). During these training periods, OLC participants study the material provided on the learning platform at their own pace and meet on a regular basis in webinars (web-based seminars), consisting of lectures and discussions with subject experts. In this phase, OLC participants have the opportunity to apply the lessons from the first intensive course to a project of their own choosing, on which they report and receive feedback on from the group.

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 half to one day per week. In the course of the training it is also anticipated that the participants' organizations become IFOAM Affiliates.

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

IFOAM may assist candidates in obtaining scholarships.

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



OLC Europe 2014/15


In 2012 the IFOAM Academy launched the OLC training program with great success in South Asia. This OLC South Asia I was subsequently followed by the OLC South Asia II (2013) and the OLC Europe I (2013/14).

The IFOAM Academy is currently implementing the OLC East Asia I (2013/14), the OLC Latin America I (2013/2014) as well as the OLC South Asia III (2014).

You may currently apply for the OLC Europe II (2014/15), starting i
n July 2014 -- APPLY NOW

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