Capacity Building for the Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organizations

The project goal is to contribute to the empowerment of organic smallholding family famers in Africa, Asia and Latin America and of their own international network (INOFO) that can define and manifest the farmers’ strategic priorities.

Funded by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), IFOAM will implement this project during a 3-year time period from 2013 to 2016, in collaboration with our three local partners: NOGAMU (National Organic Agriculture Movement Uganda), OFAI (Organic Farming Association of India) and ANPE (Asociación Nacional de Productores Ecológicos del Perú).

The objective is for INOFO to have the institutional and personal capacity to support, monitor and represent their Organic Farmers Organizations (OFOs) so that they share knowledge, integrate in markets, lobby national frameworks and participate in international policy setting.

More precisely, the outputs include:

  1. Mapping - The institutional and stakeholder landscape of organic farming is mapped in the target countries
  2. Institution and Capacity Building - The institutional performance of INOFO is improved, the Organic Farmers’ Organizations (OFOs) lobby their governments for the interest of their farmers and INOFO represents the organic farmers in international policy setting
  3. Sharing Farmers’ Knowledge - The OFOs are empowered through INOFO to share their successes for improving farmers’ incomes and livelihoods
  4. Facilitation to Market Access - The OFOs facilitate their farmers’ integration into markets

The project intends to empower organic farmers collectively and their leaders individually to represent their interest to national and international institutions and to support those in recognizing the genuine positions of the smallholding farmers.

One of the core activities is the IFAD-INOFO Capacity Building Program, targeted at representatives of organic farmers’ organizations (OFOs) in Africa, Latin America and Asia and at present and future organic farmer leaders. The program will guide them through a two-year on the job capacity building process. The English program will be launched in July 2014, the Spanish program in October 2014. To find out more about the Capacity Building Program you can read through the Call for Participants in English or Español.


The INOFO General Assembly (GA) is held on 12 October 2014 at the Yeditepe University in Istanbul from 08:30 – 18:30 as part of the pre-conference events of the Organic World Congress 2014. Apart from the election of the new Convenors Council, working groups will be formed and the INOFO organisational agenda 2014 - 2017 will be proposed.

Any farmer delegate can join the INOFO GA! No online registration is needed. Your registration will be carried out on October 12 in the morning.

If you wish to vote and speak at the INOFO GA, please ask your own farmers organisation to print and fill in the Delegate’s Mandate and bring it with you on 12 October.

Delegate's Mandate (English)
Mandat de Délégué (Français)
Acreditación Delegado (Español)

If you wish to stand for election to the Convenors Council, please ask your own farmers organisation to print and fill in the Delegate’s Mandate as well as the Convenors Mandate, indicating which other OFOs in your region have consented to the convenorship function. Please bring both documents with you on 12 October.

Convenors Mandate (English)
Mandat de Convocateur (Français)
Acreditación Convocador (Español)

Any Organic Farmers Organisation that is not sending a delegate can issue its mandate directly to another organisation whose delegate is attending the INOFO GA. You may also do this indirectly via INOFO secretary Anton Pinschof (apinschof [at] fnab [dot] org), mandating "the bearer".

For more details, please have a look at the INOFO GA Agenda:

INOFO GA Agenda (English)
INOFO AG Ordre du jour Istanbul (Français)
INOFO AG Agenda (Español)

Please contact us under info [at] inofo [dot] ifoam [dot] org, with copy to the INOFO secretary apinschof [at] fnab [dot] org should you have any questions.


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