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The IFOAM Global Organic Research Network (IGORN)
Description/achievement of initiative

IGORN will be a dynamic global network enabling world-class collaboration on organic food and farming science, knowledge, and technology innovation within the global organic movement and with a wide range of science partners throughout the world with a focus on fostering research capacity in developing countries where food security is critical. IGORN will address key priorities that will enhance the sustainability of all agriculture based on the 4 principles of organic agriculture with a strong focus on reducing poverty of small-scale food producers. IGORN will facilitate the ecological and social intensification of agriculture and food and nutrition security for all.

Implementation methodologies

It will build on existing national and regional networks of organic scientists and thematic networks such as food quality research, climate change research

Offering services such as information, publications, extension support and capacity building and innovation services and products

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
The Research Centre of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
Updates to initiatives
Dedicated website online by June 12 at ICSU Science Forum in Rio
Collaboration agreement with key global stakeholders
Launch of network by at Biofach Organic Trade Fair and Congress in Germany
At least one major collaboration with a mainstream science program such as CGIAR or other
Staff / Technical expertise
Dedicated staff provided by FiBL for at least start up phase
In-kind contribution
Development of platform
In-kind contribution
Establishment on behalf of IFOAM by FiBL

This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Basic information
Time-frame: - 2014
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
The Research Centre of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
Contact information
Dr. Urs Niggli, Director of FiBL,
United Nations