IFOAM is the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic movement,
uniting more than 750 member organizations in 116 countries.
trade is a rapidly growing reality all over the world. The growth rates
of the organic sector demonstrate that organic products are moving from
the “niche” and entering mainstream markets. The total land under
certified organic production worldwide has reached over 26 Million
hectares. IFOAM is at the center of this development.
actively participates in international agricultural and environmental
negotiations with the United Nations and multilateral institutions to
further the interests of the organic agricultural movement worldwide.
IFOAM is uniquely recognized for taking on this important role. The
introduction of the Principles of Organic Agriculture and the
recognition of IFOAM by international institutions is of enormous
importance for the further development of Organic Agriculture.
The Organic Guarantee System
provides a market guarantee for integrity of organic
claims. The Organic Guarantee System (OGS) unites the
organic world through a common system of standards, verification and
market identity. It fosters equivalence among participating IFOAM
accredited certifiers, paving the way for more orderly and reliable
trade whilst acknowledging consumer trust in the organic ‘brand’.
Facilitating Networks and Market Development
IFOAM programs, conferences and events, IFOAM is laying the groundwork
for the further development of Organic Agriculture and its markets
worldwide. Through IFOAM World Congresses, International Trade
conferences, commodity specific (coffee, seeds, wild products,
etc.) and other events , IFOAM brings together the key players from all
over the planet to facilitate trade in organic products.