Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

The ODM will contribute to the implementation of the Rio+20 priorities, especially Zero Hunger and Zero Stunting and the transition to sustainable agriculture based on the definition and principles of organic agriculture by systematically enabling collaboration. It will make ecologically based and people-centered knowledge, expertise and systems of our global networks more readily accessible to stakeholders including farmers, local communities, governments, agencies and businesses. It will facilitate capacity building in best practice production and marketing systems that enhance livelihoods and resilience to climate change, reduce hunger, improve nutrition and diets and protect and regenerate ecosystems, land, soil, water and biodiversity.

Implementation methodologies

IIFOAM will establish the ODM with a number of key partners with a track record in delivering initiatives and interventions that lead to improved sustainability, food and nutrition security and livelihoods. Partnerships will be established with farmer organizations, UN agencies, local governments, development organizations and businesses that require implementation partners. It will be initially based on projects and will evolve into programs as the concept is proven and partnerships and funds established. Training in a suite of locally appropriate ecological and social practices, systems and models that enhance the sustainability of value chains and which affordably and effectively empower stakeholders will form the backbone of the activities of the ODM. The ODM will be interface with IFOAM's other Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments (IGORN and SOAAN), which will identify and address research priorities of global importance to food security, poverty eradication and sustainability and continuously improve the sustainability of all aspects of Organic Agriculture through the development and dissemination of best practices. The ODM will be a key strategic tool for systematically facilitating all stakeholders to implement sustainable agriculture based livelihood and food security initiatives and to continuously improve the sustainability and performance of their existing food and farming systems.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) (Global)
Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organizations (Global)
Biovision Africa Trust (Kenya)
Millennium Institute (United States of America)
Avalon Foundation (The Netherlands)
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) (Switzerland)
Institute for Sustainable Development (Ethiopia)
Others will follow
At least 5 major development partners enter into long term ODM partnership
Launch of beta version of web based portal for collaboration
ODM used by at least 3 LDC Governments as a key tool for enabling SD capacity building
At least 3 ODM facilitated capacity building initiatives underway with food insecure communities in LDCs
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
Concept finalized with key partners and stakeholders
In-kind contribution
Development of partnerships and beta version of web based collaboration platform
Staff / Technical expertise
IFOAM staff secure finance for managing ODM
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: Bonn, Germany
Date of completion: 2014
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Robert Jordan,

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