International Society of Organic Farming Research
ISOFAR serves as the premier international society on organic research, for scientists, students, and non-profits interested in organic agriculture. We facilitate global co-operation in research, education and knowledge exchange. We support our members through a wide array of services, publications, and events.
December 31, 2021
Message from the ISOFAR president 2021
Dear ISOFAR members,
the second CoVid-19 year is gone, and we all have face difficulties in our scientific work and networking again. ISOFAR has done several actions in 2021 to keep the network of Organic Farming researchers alive as much as possible. We were able to organize the ISOFAR scientific congress in Rennes, France, had our General Assembly, and contributed to several online events. Thanks to all those who have done all the organization under severe difficulties. The Journal ORGA is still our best "child" and growing well. If you have anything for publishing, please consider our journal as well.
I hope, in 2022 the conditions will be better for global networking of the Organic Farming scientists. ISOFAR has planed some events, together with friends around the world. We will start a regular webinar on Organic Farming research, will hold a workshop in presence at the 2nd Organic Expo in September 2022 in South Korea, be partner of the 5th African Organic Conference. You as members allow us to act and work for a global network.
Thank you very much for your contribution and support.
On behalf of the new elected ISOFAR world board: Jessica (vice-president), Daniel (treasurer), Raffaele (ORGA), Reza, Jochen, Sabine, Mahesh, Wahyudi, Victor, Khaled and Khalid.
December 15, 2021
ORGA 4-2021 is available
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November 26, 2021
Fifth International Agronomy Congress (IAC) "Agri-Innovations to Combat Food and Nutrition Challenges", 23-27 November 2021, PJTSAU, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
ISOFAR was partner of the 5th IAC, held online (https://iac.isa-india.in). This Fifth International Agronomy Congress was a review of the progress in agri-innovations and work out strategies to combat food and nutrition challenges by generating new opportunities/technologies through agronomic research. The Indian Society of Agronomy has taken initiative to organize the Congress at Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India to maintain the continuity and provide an international platform to the agronomists world over to discuss the emerging issues.
President Prof. Gerold Rahmann gave a speech on "Organic Farming - a global overview".
October 28, 2021
2nd OrgaTrop Conference, Yogjakarta, Indonesia
Department of Soil, Faculty of Agriculture, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, organized the 2nd International Conference on Organic Agriculture in The Tropics (Orgatrop 2021). It is an ideal academic platform for researchers to present the latest research findings and describe emerging technologies and directions in sustainable agriculture. ISOFAR was partner of this event again.
The 2nd Orgatrop 2021 was held virtually on 28-29 October 2021. The theme of this conference is "Organic Agriculture as a sustainable agrosystem to support agriculture production and food safety under the threat of climate change". The website is https://orgatrop.faperta.ugm.ac.id/.
President Prof. Gerold Rahmann gave a speech on Organic farming in the context of climate change and vice versa.
October 13, 2021
AVALON Conference: "Added Value of the Organic Farmer, Bioregions" (www.toekomstbestendigboerennoordnederland.nl)
Which are the broader benefits of organic farming? Is it useful to aim for ‘Bioregions’ with higher ambitions than the 25% uptake in 2030 as foreseen by the EU? The conference was intended for farmers, farm advisers, policy makers, students and educational institutions from the Netherlands and abroad. The plenary session were held on 13 October is on location: Ecostyle/Biosinstrum, Ecomunitypark in Oosterwolde, the Netherlands. It was also be streamed online. The organization is in the hands of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands, the Provinces of Fryslân, Groningen and Drenthe, Avalon, the project Added Value of the Organic Farmer. the Soil Knowledge Center and Symphony of Soils.
President Prof. Gerold Rahmann gave a speech on "Organic farming challenges in a changing World: From soil to soilless production?"
September 8, 2021
The 6th ISOFAR conference at the 20th IFOAM Organic World Congress 2021
From its roots, organic inspires science, and vice versa
The scientific roots of organic systems are anchored in the four principles of IFOAM – Organics International: ecology, health, fairness, and care. Scientific skills are needed for the continuous improvement of organic food, systems, and culture.
The Forum invited researchers to share their work in the following five themes, with a special focus on interdisciplinary research.
Scientific discussions are critical for the development of research, not only in advancing knowledge and methodology but also in expanding innovation in approaches and visions. These discussions will provide the scaffolding for the 6th ISOFAR Conference of Organic Agricultural Science of the Organic World Congress in Rennes in 2021.
All authors agreed that all papers are uploaded to the public and free access online platform Organic Eprints and to be published in this Book of Abstracts of the Thünen-Report 88 2021. 19 papers have been already published in a special edition of the peer reviewed Journal of Organic Agriculture in Volume 10, supplement issue 1, in December 2020 (https://www.springer.com/journal/13165).
About 200 scientific papers have been accepted for presentation. The abstracts are found here:
September 7, 2021
7th ISOFAR General Assembly
The 7th ISOFAR General Assembly was held on the 7th September 2021 in Rennes, France, in conjunction with the 20th Organic World Congress. Due to the CoVid-19 pandemia the GA was done as hybrid GA, 33 attended via Zoom, 10 were in-person. The previous board was released from duties and all participants gave big thanks to all of them for their volunteer work. The new board was elected and 12 candidates have been elected for the therm 2021-2024:
June 30, 2021
Organic farming systems are dependent on science and research. Plentiful, high-quality published papers are critical for improving organic agriculture across the world. This pre-conference will:
June 1, 2021
This special issue presents the outcomes from “Designing sustainable and circular agricultural systems for the year 2100,” the joint scientific workshop of ISOFAR, the Thünen-Institute, and INRA-Morocco, which was held from November 14 to 16, 2019 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Nineteen scientists from a broad array of background and nationalities came together with the understanding that food security globally is at risk, especially in the post-2050 timeframe. Current concepts, strategies, measures, and scientific efforts carried out by governments, NGOs, businesses, and societies do not deliver satisfying solutions for how to sustainably produce enough healthy and affordable food to support the global population. With the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, it became even more evident that food security is a challenge. This workshop took an innovative approach to addressing the challenges of future agriculture by considering sustainable, circular agricultural systems. Participants presented research results on algae-based food, edible insects, mushrooms, novel concepts for nutrient management, bioreactor-based farming, sustainable food culture, as well as sensor- and remote-controlled automatic food production. This special issue presents the papers contributed to the workshop and the results of the discussions.
May 26, 2021
ISOFAR board member Prof. Dr. Victor Idowu Olugbemiga Olowe gave today his 63rd inaugural lecture at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
April 20, 2021
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April 13, 2021
WEBINAR: Maximizing Carbon Sequestration in Organic Systems
The Organic Center will be hosting a free webinar on Maximizing Carbon Sequestration in Organic Systems. The webinar is taking place on Friday, April 16 at 11:30 am Pacific Time (18:30 GMT). Join us to learn more from the Robert Crystal-Ornelas, PhD, co-author of a recently-published paper that looks within organic management to quantify carbon sequestration of different practices used by farmers.
April 13, 2021
Warsaw University Seeks BS Students in Organic Agriculture
The Warsaw University of Life Sciences is recruiting students for it's Organic Agriculture and Food Production BSc program.
The program offers students a holistic and interdisciplinary knowledge in the area of organic agriculture and food production, presented by the best specialists from different faculties of Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW and from abroad.
Learn more about the program here
March 1, 2021
IFOAM has launched the World of Organic Agriculture 2021
Like every year, IFOAM has launched the annual edition of the Statistics of the World of Organic Farming on BioFach Nueremberg, this year virtually done in February. Many ISOFAR members have contributed to the content. It is a valuable summary of the real world of Organic farming and markets. Here you can download the edition for free.
February 10, 2021
KCOA Project: Training of Team of Trainers (ToToT) in Nigeria
A train-the-trainer workshop, the KCOA Project: Training of Team of Trainers (ToToT), was hosted by the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN), in collaboration with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM-Organics International), sponsored by the German Development Agency (GIZ). The ToToT workshop was successfully held in Nigeria between February 1-5, 2021, with 14 participants strategically selected from all geopolitical zones of the country. The workshop covered topics such as ecological organic agriculture, soil fertility management, markets for sustainable food systems, and an overview of the KCOA platform. The workshop also include a field trip to Ajibode Organic Farm, where they interreacted with farmers using the practices covered in the workshop.
February 8, 2021
Webinar on Environmental Impacts of Organic Cotton
The Organic Center will be hosting a free webinar on their latest research collaboration with Iowa State University, examining the environmental impacts of organic cotton. The webinar will take place on February 17, 2021 at 10am Pacific Time (18:00 GMT).
Kathleen Delate, PhD, Professor, Iowa State University
Angela Wartes-Kahl, Organic Trade Assoc. Fiber Council
Jessica Shade, PhD, The Organic Center (Discussion Leader)
February 1, 2021
The Organic Word Congress 2020 in Rennes has been postponed to 2021 (Sep. 6-10 in Rennes, France), as well as the scientific forum with 280 accepted presentations. Nevertheless, we have invited authors to submit their contributions for a special issue of Organic Agriculture. After a peer-review we have accepted 19 papers for publishing. ISOFAR members have free download via our member area.
January 1, 2021
Message from the ISOFAR president 2020
Dear ISOFAR members,
2020 comes to an end, and I can say: “I am happy about this”. It was an extraordinary difficult year without traveling, no meetings and hurdles for any action. I guess, all of you have experienced the same problems. Nevertheless, if was a year of reflexion and focusing. I am still positive and optimistic about Organic Agriculture and the role of science to make it even stronger. ISOFAR has an important international role to bring scientist together and make joint actions. I like to give you some outline of the coming year.
December 16, 2020
Journal of Organic Farming, Volume 10, issue 4 published
We are pleased to deliver your requested table of contents alert for Organic Agriculture. Volume 10, Issue 4 is now available online.
ISOFAR membership gives free access to all articles in the journal, not just the ones below which are marked as open access. In order to use this benefit, create an account on our new website (the address is www.isofar.org or www.isofar.online). In the member area you'll find a link that directs you to the journal.
The Organic Agriculture Journal is not only open for you to read but also to publish - provided your work passes the review process. We therefore encourage you to hand in your own scientific papers (https://www.springer.com/journal/13165/submission-guidelines).
November 12, 2020
ISOFAR member Prof. Dr. Johannes Kahl, University of Kassel, died
On 12 November 2020, ISOFAR member and our long-time colleague and friend, Professor Johannes Kahl, died at the age of 52 after a long illness. Since 2016, he was Professor at the Faculty of Organic Agriculture at the University of Kassel (Germany) and head of the Department of Organic Food Quality. Prof. Kahl's lectures on 'Organic food system and sustainable diets' were very popular among students.
He has conducted many projects, e.g. Susplus project within Erasmus Plus ‘Innovative Education towards Sustainable Food Systems’, ProOrg project within ERANET Horizon 2020 ‘Code of Practice for organic food processing’ and project from Ekhaga scientific foundation 'Promoting human health and well-being by maintaining matrix related organic food qualities from field to fork' and Sysorg project within ERANET Horizon 2020 'Organic agro-food systems as models for sustainable food systems in Europe and Northern Africa'.
As member of ISOFAR and Chairman of the Food Quality and Health association (FQH), he worked intensively throughout all these years organizing scientific workshops within the association, developing joint scientific publications.
Prof. Johannes Kahl was an outstanding scientist, an excellent teacher and a great friend.
Honor His Memory!
October 31, 2020
Biofach India 2020: ISOFAR was organizing and contributing partner of the virtual scientific conference on the 31st October 2020.
Dr. Mahesh Chander, ISOFAR board member, has organized with his Indian friends an international scientific conference "Organic Farming Research, Technologies and Extension" at the Biofach 2020 in India. ISOFAR was partner, together with the Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research and others.
Because of CoVid-19, the event was done virtually. ISOFAR president Prof. Dr. Gerold Rahmann and ISOFAR board members Dr. Khalid Azim and Dr. Mahesh Chander gave speeches, related to Organic Agricultural Research, the methodology of a system and interdisciplinary approaches and the role of ISOFAR in the international networking of scientists.
About 250 participants have attended the event. Particularly in times under extreme restrictions of traveling, due to the pandemic CoVid-19, such events are very important to keep contact between each other and to give scientists a platform to present and discuss.
Here you can download the extended summery:
October 16, 2020
World Food Day 2020: ISOFAR gave OA lecture at NOARAs celebration
United Nations World Food day 2020 was a global event, celebrated on the 16th October. ISOFAR was invited by the Network of Organic Agricultural Researchers in Africa (NOARA) to give a lesson about Organic Agricultural Research. President Prof. Dr. Gerold Rahmann gave a note about OA research in Germany, his concept about the AO and non-OA research differences and mutualities, his observations of OA research in Africa and recommendations for the future. A platform can be the Knowledge Centre of Organic Agriculture in Africa, financed by the German government with 23 mio Euro from 2019 - 2024.
Below you find his presentation as pdf:
August 30, 2020
New study focuses on Italian research and innovation
A new study, published in the journal Agronomy, highlights research and innovation in organic farming in Italy. The study originates from the main outcomes that emerged during the World Café held in the frame of the Salone Internazionale del biologico e del naturale (SANA Expo) in 2018, where the Italian OFF research community met to build a convergence on scope and modus operandi in the research endeavor. Read more about it here.
July 31, 2020
ISOFAR board report 2017 - 2020 prepared for members
Based on the ISOFAR Statutes, a General Assembly is to be held at least every three years, and one was planned for the end of the 2017-2020 term to take place on September 13, 2020, in conjunction with the Organic World Congress 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic ISOFAR members have voted with 98 % (deadline June 30, 2020 via SurveyMonkey invitation) to postpone the next General Assembly until September 2021 in Rennes, France. Despite the postponement of the General Assembly, the ISOFAR board committed to preparing a report for the standard three-year term (2017-2020) to share with ISOFAR members in 2020.The report is only accessible for member and shall be discussed virtually with ISOFAR members in November 2020 on invitation.
June 26, 2020
Webinar on Organic Farm Profitability and Biodiversity
The Organic Center's will be hosting a free webinar on "Biodiversity and Profitability on Organic Farms - Environmental and Economic Benefits of Organic Practices" on Wednesday, July 1 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
A growing body of science shows that organic farming supports more biodiversity and can bring in more income than conventional farming, highlighting the environmental and economic benefits of using organic practices. What is less understood is how these benefits are affected by the farming landscape around organic operations. Join us to learn more about the study’s findings.
- Amber Sciligo, PhD, Associate Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
- David W. Crowder, PhD, Associate Professor of Entomology, Washington State University
- Olivia Smith, PhD, Postdoctoral researcher, Entomology Department, University of Georgia
This Webinar will be recorded, so be sure to register now to receive the recording straight to your inbox.
May 12, 2020
Message for ISOFAR members from the board
The ISOFAR board has discussed on the 8th May 2020 the impact of the postponement of the Organic World Congress towards Sept 8-10, 2021 in Rennes for the society. This message is to inform our members about the board recommendations and decisions.
April 24, 2020
Organic World Congress postponed to September 8-10, 2021
In light of recent developments around covid-19, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the Organic World Congress to September 8-10, 2021 (pre-conferences to take place September 6 and 7). We are grateful for the unwavering support from our international, national and local partners and are confident that this is the right decision for all involved.
With sorrow, ISOFAR has received the news about our former board member, Professor Dr. William Lockeretz, that he passed away on December 12, 2019. Willie was his informal name, among his many friends in the worldwide organic movement. He made friends everywhere and could talk to anyone. He was an academic pioneer in organic agriculture in the United States of America, but also globally. He joined the board of ISOFAR at the establishment of this organisation in 2003 and kept his board position until 2011.