On June 13, 2012, Markus Arbenz, Executive Director of IFOAM, Urs Niggli, Director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and Andre Leu, President of IFOAM announced at the UN Rio+20 Conference IFOAM’s plans to create an organic research network. On November 25, 2012, IFOAM World Board approved the new network, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM (TIPI); on February 15, 2013, when the first Member Assembly took place, TIPI was launched.
TIPI’s mission is to foster international collaboration in Organic Agriculture research; engage and involve all stakeholders that benefit from Organic Agriculture research; facilitate exchange of scientific knowledge of organic food and farming systems; and to help practitioners disseminate, apply and implement innovations and scientific knowledge consistent with the principles of Organic Agriculture.
TIPI‘s main aims are:
· To be a network for exchange and collaboration between organic research institutions and scientific partners throughout the world.
· To develop organic food and farming science, knowledge, and technology innovation within the global organic movement.
· To serve as a global technology platform for the application of knowledge derived from scientific research through farmer-driven innovation and information dissemination.
· To enable IFOAM policies to be based on good science.
· To establish research priorities with the various stakeholder organizations in IFOAM and to network with regional technology platforms and other bodies that formulate research and innovation strategies for Organic Agriculture.
· To enhance the sustainability of all agriculture based on the principles of Organic Agriculture.
· To build capacity and mobilize partnerships for organic farming research that assists small-scale producers in developing countries alleviate poverty, establish food sovereignty, and meet food security and nutritional needs through healthy, ecologically sound and socially just farming systems.
· To influence and inspire donors and research funding bodies to increase funding for research and innovation in organic food and farming.
· To represent IFOAM members that conduct and apply research, develop technologies, and disseminate information as a sector group.
The first TIPI Member Assembly was held on February 15, 2013, at BioFach in Nuremberg, Germany.
The following personalities were elected as members of the TIPI Council:
· Prof. Dr. Uygun Aksoy, Ege University, Turkey
· Dr. Suh, Korean Federation of Sustainable Agriculture Organisations (KFSA), , South Korea
· Dr. Maria Wivstad, SLU, Sweden
· Prof. Dr. Nic Lampkin, Organic Research Centre, UK
· Prof. Dr. Urs Niggli, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland
· Gabriela Soto, National University of Costa Rica
· Dr. Helga Willer, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland
· Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU Group, Belgium
The council also appointed
Some members of the TIPI board on February 15th, 2013; from left to right: Prof. Dr. Uygun Aksoy, Ege University, Turkey; Prof. Dr. Urs Niggli, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland; Dr. Helga Willer, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland; prof. Dr. Nicolas Lampkin, the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm, UK; Gabriela Soto, National University of Costa Rica.
You can find more information about TIPI here.
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