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New Platform Established to Advance Research within Organic Sector

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements announced the formation of a new group to advance organic agriculture research. Known as the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM (TIPI), the new group will address innovation and technology transfer needs in organic agriculture. TIPI will foster international cooperation; engage all who benefit from advances in knowledge; facilitate information exchange; and assist practitioners to disseminate, apply and implement innovations and scientific knowledge consistent with the principles of Organic Agriculture.

 The  International  Federation  of  Organic  Agriculture  Movements  announced  the  formation  of  a    new    group  to  advance    organic  agriculture    research.  Known  as  the    Technology    Innovation  Platform  of    IFOAM  (TIPI),  the  new  group  will    address   innovation  and  technology  transfer  needs  in  organic    agriculture.  TIPI  will  foster  international  cooperation;  engage    all  who  benefit  from  advances  in    knowledge;  facilitate  information  exchange;  and  assist  practitioners  to  disseminate,  apply  and    implement  innovations  and  scientific  knowledge  consistent  with  the  principles  of  Organic    Agriculture.     

It  is  clear  that  TIPI  is  a  chance    [for  researchers]  to  move    from  scientific  impact  to  real  impact,    said  Gerold  Rahmann,  Professor  at  the  von  Thünen  Institute  and  an  Executive  Board  member  of  the    International    Society  of  Organic  Agriculture   Research  (ISOFAR).  

Following  the    Science    Day  event  held  at  BioFach,  36    organizations  signed  on  as  charter  members.    These  charter  members  elected  a    governing  council,  including  Uygun  Aksoy  of  Ege  University,  Turkey;    Urs  Niggli  of  the  Research  Institute  of  Organic  Agriculture  (FiBL)  in  Switzerland;  Gabriela  Soto  from    National  University  of  Costa  Rica;  Maria  Wivstad,  Swedish  University  of  Agricultural    Sciences;    Marco    Schlüter,  IFOAM  EU  Group;  Helga    Willer  at  FiBL;  Chong  Hyuk  Suh  of  the    Korean  Federation  of    Sustainable    Agriculture    Organizations  (KFSA),  and  Nic  Lampkin  from  the    Organic  Research  Centre,  UK.      

According  to    Niggli,  “TIPI  will  develop  a  Global  Research  Vision  for  organic  farming  addressing  the    challenges    of  food  security,  ecosystem  degradation  and  social  and  economic    discrimination  of    farmers.”     

The  chartering  followed  a    Science  Day  organized  by  IFOAM,  FiBL  and  the    International  Society  of    Organic  Agriculture  Research  (ISOFAR).  Over  100  individuals  from  all  over  the  world  attended.  A    town  hall  meeting  was  held  to  hear    the  visions  to  advance  organic  agriculture  research.  Panelists    included  Niggli,  Soto,  Sang   Mok  Sohn    from  ISOFAR    and    Dankook  University  in    South    Korea,    and    IFOAM’s  President,  André  Leu  from  Australia.     

For  Leu,  the    event  was  seen  as  a    milestone.  “For  me,  today    is  significant  because    by    coming    together  globally  to    launch    TIPI  we  are  also    facilitating    one  of  the  most  important  paradigm  shifts    in    our  movement,”  said  Leu.  “We    are    moving  .  .  .  to  an  Organic  Agriculture    that  is  based  on    credible    interdisciplinary,  cross  cutting  sciences  that  are  informed  by  our  .   .   .   principles.”  

Attendees  participated in workshops to engage stakeholders, conduct  systems    research,  innovate  and  develop  new  technologies, and disseminate information.     

Participants  identified  a    tremendous  need  in  regions  and  sectors  whose    needs  have    not  been    fulfilled.  Aksoy  stated,  “We    believe    that    TIPI  will  provide  an  opportunity  for    the  researchers    and  institutes   in  developing  countries  to   link  with  their  counterparts   world-­‐wide.”    

Among  other  projects  identified    by  the  Council,  TIPI  will  spend    the  next  year  helping  IFOAM  and    ISOFAR  prepare  for  the    next  Organic  World  Congress  2014    in  Istanbul,  Turkey.  There,  it  will  organize    and  host  a    new  format  of  workshop  to  promote    dialogue    among  stakeholders  of  the    sector  about    the    future  of    organic  farming  research.  All  sectors  of    the  organic  movement    are  invited  to  take    part.  

For  more    information  please  contact  Urs  Niggli,    FiBL  Director  under  urs.niggli@fibl.org  or  Markus    Arbenz,    IFOAM  Executive  Director  at  m.arbenz@ifoam.org.  

Here  you  can  find  photos,  video  statements  and  background  information  about  the  TIPI  launch  event  on  February  15,  2013  in    Nuremberg,  Germany:  

http://www.organic-­research.net/tipi-­‐launch.html    

The  following  website  provides  basic  information  about  TIPI:  

http://www.organic-­research.net/tipi.html       

 

Technology Innovation Platform  of  IFOAM  (TIPI)  

Charles-­‐de-­‐Gaulle-­‐Str.    5  

53113    Bonn    Germany

Tel.  +49-­‐228-­‐92650-­‐10    Fax  +49-­‐228-­‐92650-­‐99    

tipi@ifoam.org

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