IFOAM advocates for agricultural policies based on the principles of organic agriculture (health, ecology, fairness and care). IFOAM is active in all the key food and agriculture related international policy processes and is the only global agricultural organization that puts the well being of people and ecosystems at the heart of its policies and actions. Download our advocacy brochure for an overview of all pillar activities.
IFOAM’s core advocacy campaigns take a holistic approach by raising awareness of the organic alterative, advocating for change in policies, putting the organic agriculture at the center of new global initiatives and establishing pathways for realizing change on the ground by helping to build the means of implementation.
The IFOAM Food Security campaign advocates for putting people not commodities and inputs at the center of food and agriculture policies and initiatives. It’s about empowering people with affordable practices and systems that encourage people to enter farming or to improve their production systems with minimum cost and risk. It is focused on helping farmers and communities grow, sell, buy and consume nutritious food where they live. IFOAM pushes for policies that are people-centered and which prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable including in the UN’s foremost forum for addressing hunger – the Committee on World Food Security.
Soils are the greatest carbon sink after the oceans and organic agriculture is the most effective at systematically increasing soil carbon. Organic agriculture is recognized by FAO as a huge potential weapon in the global arsenal in mitigating climate change. The same organic practices are also global best practice for adapting to climate change and building resilience in an affordable and sustainable manner. The IFOAM climate change campaign has been raising awareness of the mitigation and adaptation potential of organic agriculture in the context of food security and equitable sustainable development at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations since CoP15 in Copenhagen in 200
The world’s eyes are now on Africa. The first Green Revolution in Africa largely failed. Even if farmers could afford the package of seeds and chemicals without irrigation the inputs were rendered useless. UN studies confirm that affordable organic practices based on locally available resources increase yields in Africa on average by over 100% resulting in significantly improved food security and resilience to climate change. As a new green revolution is being pushed on farmers, IFOAM is determined to make sure that all stakeholders including African governments are aware of the Organic Alternative for Africa.
The IFOAM sustainable development campaign and its ecological intensification campaign demonstrate how food security and resilient agriculture can be achieved through people-centered approaches to development based largely on the utilization of biodiversity and natures ecological functions. At Rio+20, IFOAM positioned organic agriculture as a comprehensive and affordable tool for enabling inclusive sustainable development. With sustainable development emerging as the overarching priority for the United Nations development agenda, the global organic movement has an important leadership role to play in the years ahead.
IFOAM advocacy campaign strategies are supported by the conclusions of the groundbreaking International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report, an intergovernmental process, supported by over 400 experts under the co-sponsorship of the FAO, UNDP, GEF, UNEP, UNESCO and the World Bank and WHO which stated strongly that “the way the world grows its food will have to change radically to better serve the poor and hungry if the world is to cope with growing population and climate change while avoiding social breakdown and environmental collapse’’.