The IFOAM Academy: Nurturing our talent

We are now accepting applications for the first
IFOAM Organic Leadership Course in Southeast Asia.

Submit your application by August 10, 2014.


Training has always been at the heart of IFOAM and through the Training Platform, the Training Manuals and the Programs Pillar we have been addressing training needs for decades.

Since 2012, with the launch of the first IFOAM Organic Leadership Course in South Asia, training and capacity building finally have their own home in the IFOAM Academy pillar, offering its tailored services to a growing organic sector.

The IFOAM Academy aims to support skills development for the global organic movement by providing capacity building training through the two following programs:


Download the IFOAM Academy Brochure
to learn more about the IFOAM Academy pillar.



Our flagship training program is the Organic Leadership Course (OLC), taking place in regions across the globe. The OLC assists capacity building and the expansion of networks in the organic sector.

Read more about how to particpate in an IFOAM Organic Leadership Course and check this webpage regularly for upcoming OLC Courses in your region!

The organic pioneers who initiated Organic Agriculture in the early 20th century were impressive personalities. The drivers of organic development today are committed and competent leaders in the organic sector, advanced in their thinking and inspiring in their actions.

They are farmers, activists, scientists, teachers, advisors, networkers, advocates, processors, traders, communicators, certifiers or consumers. Their roles are diverse, but they share a vision of a more sustainable, a healthier and a fairer organic world. Organic development in our current dynamic times, in which the world urgently needs organic solutions to address its environmental and social challenges, is in the hands of our leaders worldwide.

Organic people can be organic leaders. Leadership needs talent, vision and commitment, but it needs also learning and interaction with like-minded people. In order to support organic leadership, IFOAM offers a course for people assuming present or future responsibilities in the organic world. Through the Organic Leadership Course, IFOAM provides a space for learning and experience, and for developing innovative strategies and strong networks.

The course is targeted at present and future leaders of the organic movement. During the course of one year it will provide an intensive on-the-job learning process empowering you to actively assume greater responsibility in pushing the world towards increased sustainability.

Apply for the first OLC in Southeast Asia!
Read more about how to participate