Building the means of implementing the organic alternative is critical. It means working tirelessly to link those who have knowledge and practices with those who need them. It means building multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary partnerships to make sure the organic alternative is at the forefront of the implementation of the Rio+20 thematic priorities and other international initiatives. It means connecting the global organic movement in new ways so that they can respond to the opportunities and play a leadership role in the global transformation of food and agriculture. It also means identifying sources of finance that provide the capacity building that is often required to empower farmers with the tools to create the change. IFOAM is proactive in promoting initiatives that help build the global organic movements capacity to lead the global transformation.
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, IFOAM was a founding member of the multi-stakeholder Round Table on Organic Agriculture and Climate Change (RTOACC). The group has published an important standard reference document with FAO on soil carbon sequestration and life cycle assessment of organic food and farming and an important peer-reviewed study on enhanced top soil carbon stocks under organic farming in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
At Rio+20 IFOAM made three official voluntary commitments aimed at enhancing the global organic movement’s capacity to respond to the growing demand for sustainable development, to address the Rio+20 thematic priorities and lead in the implementation of sustainable development.
The establishment of an end user driven global organic research network to address the knowledge, science and technology needs of the world’s small holders to underpin sustainable development is underway. TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM, was founded at Science Day during BioFach in early 2013.
IFOAM is in the process of establishing a mechanism to make the ecologically based and people-centered knowledge, expertise and systems of the global organic movement more readily accessible to stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of the organic alternative.
IFOAM and its partners in the Sustainable Organic Agriculture Action Network (SOAAN) committed to developing tools to help to continuously lead organic agriculture and its related supply chains towards an increasingly holistic and sustainable approach to agricultural production.