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IFOAM - International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements

IFOAM is the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic movement, uniting more than 750 member organizations in 116 countries.

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IFOAM is the uniting body of the organic movement worldwide. It's stakeholders include farmers' organisations to multinational certification agencies, and its aim is to entrench a credible and sustainable organic agricultural system. Established in 1972, IFOAM now provides an accreditation service to hundreds of organic private organic standards worldwide, through its Organic Guarantee System which incorporates the folowing:

  • The IFOAM Family of Standards (for standard owners)
  • The IFOAM Standard (for certifiers)
  • The Global Organic Mark (for operators)
  • The IFOAM Accreditation (for certifiers, delivered by the IOAS)
  • The IFOAM Global Organic System Accreditation (for certifiers, delivered by the IOAS)

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In addition to its accreditation services, IFOAM is active in international and environmental negotiations advocacy to further the interests of organics worldwide. IFOAM also implements programmes, conferences and events to development organic networks and the organic market globally.

These are the IFOAM Principles of Organic Agriculture:

  • The Principle of Health promotes the sustainable enhancement of soils, plants, animals, humans and the planet.
  • The Principle of Ecology recognises that organic agriculture is based on, works with, emulates and sustains the natural cycles of living ecosystems.
  • The Principle of Fairness by which organic agriculture fosters fair relationships with the common environment and life opportunities through equity, respect, justice and stewardship among people, other salient beings and the environment.
  • The Principle of Care requires that organic agriculture is managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well being of the present and future generations and environment.

 IFOAM has accredited the Southern African organic certification system Afrisco, as well as Ecocert.


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