The IFOAM coordinated Sustainable Organic Agriculture Action Network (SOAAN)
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.

Implementation methodologies

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.


International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and 15 more institutions committed to a sustainable organic agriculture
Deliverable Date
Pilot assessments with newly developed tools 2012
Best practice reference document participatory developed and consulted 2012
Public events for promotion during FOAM lead Sustainability Camps and SusCon Conferences in Bonn, Germany 2012
Democratic web-based vote for approval by the Global Organic Movement 2013
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
In-kind contribution In-kind contributions of time, travel and expertise by SOAAN members (Core group of 10 persons and Advisory group of > 30 persons)
Financing (in USD) $250,000

Markus Arbenz, Executive Director,

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