The IFOAM coordinated Sustainable Organic Agriculture Action Network (SOAAN)
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and 15 more institutions committed to a sustainable organic agriculture
Description/achievement of initiative
SOAAN will develop activities that continuously lead organic agriculture and its related supply chains towards an increasingly holistic and sustainable approach to agricultural production for the benefit of all society. Network members, actors from the organic world and food chain stakeholders beyond will use SOAAN's resources and guides, including principles, objectives, best practices and indicators for the measurement of continuous improvements towards a fully sustainable agriculture and food chain. Organic production and marketing systems will be continuously enhanced resulting in it being increasingly recognized as the most appropriate production system for smallholder farmers and food and agriculture in general.
A balanced network between north and south of visionary institutions interested in achieving sound and sustainable agriculture and food systems will be established.
Best practices references and indicators for the measurement of continuous improvements will be identified and produced and underpinned by the IFOAM Global Organic Research Network (IGORN)
The outputs and tools of SOAAN will be used for organic capacity building, strategy development, advocacy, communication, research agenda setting and standards development and integrated into IFOAM's Organic Development Mechanism (ODM) tools.
Public events for promotion during FOAM lead Sustainability Camps and SusCon Conferences in Bonn, Germany
Best practice reference document participatory developed and consulted
Pilot assessments with newly developed tools
Democratic web-based vote for approval by the Global Organic Movement
In-kind contributions of time, travel and expertise by SOAAN members (Core group of 10 persons and Advisory group of > 30 persons)