The five core IFOAM advocacy campaigns align organic agriculture with today’s most pressing challenges and provide a framework for collating and promoting existing solutions and inspiring additional ones. Increased global awareness that the vast majority of the world’s farmers are smallholders and it is they not industrial agriculture that predominately nourishes the human race has opened-up huge opportunities for people-centered organic agriculture.
The IFOAM food security campaign positions organic agriculture as an accessible, affordable and empowering system for most smallholders given that its largely based on the use of local biodiversity and resources and incurs little external costs – particularly important for cash poor subsistence farmers.
The IFOAM climate change campaign explains the benefits of high sequestration organic agriculture in terms of drought, flood, wind and heat resilience and building soil and soil fertility. It promotes the use of organic agriculture as a combined policy tool for reducing emissions and increasing captures from agriculture while simultaneously addressing hunger and poverty through the enhanced soil fertility and climate resilience benefits of organic soil carbon sequestration.
The IFOAM inclusive sustainable development campaign highlights the huge diversity of organic production, distribution, marketing and consumption systems or ‘organic green economies’ that are already flourishing around the globe. It shows many of the different ways people make their livelihoods from organic agriculture. It shows the inclusive and participatory models used to bring producers and consumers together, to save and share seeds and so on. The organic movement has pioneered people-centered approaches and provides models that can be replicated in the shift towards sustainable food and agriculture systems.
The IFOAM ecological Intensification campaign explains how ecological knowledge and science can be used to increase the resilience, productivity and profitability of farms through the intensification of nature’s ecological functions and biodiversity. Inspired by many existing examples such as the ‘Push and Pull’ system, Holistic Livestock Management, Pasture Cropping, Minimum Till, and the System of Rice Intensification, the campaign gathers examples, looks at cost benefits and interfaces with the IFOAM Innovation Platform (TIPI) to accelerate innovation in ecological intensification innovation and enhance knowledge exchange to bring practical and powerful solutions to farmers.
The IFOAM Organic Alternative for Africa campaign brings a uniting continental approach to promoting organic agriculture and its multiple benefits. It links African organic stakeholders into global policy processes via the core IFOAM advocacy campaigns and aims to strengthen the African organic movement and create new opportunities for organic development. Above all it aims to ensure that African decision-makers are aware of the organic alternative