In order to support organic leadership, IFOAM offers a course for people
assuming present or future responsibilities in the organic world. Through the
Organic Leadership Course, IFOAM provides a space for learning and experience,
and for developing innovative strategies and strong networks.
The course is targeted at present and future leaders of the organic movement.
During the course of one year, it will provide an intensive, on-the-job
learning process that empowers them to actively assume greater responsibility
in pushing the world towards increased sustainability.
The Courses - General
Eligible participants are women and men, committed to the principles of Organic
Agriculture, who wish to achieve personal development and leadership within the
Organic Agriculture movement. Typical participants may have their background
organizations or national organic movements;
producers, processors, traders or retailers;
campaigning for sustainable rural development;
extension, education or rural development institutions;
institutions (e.g. ministries of agriculture, development or environment);
The training will broaden participants' knowledge and develop their skills.
After the course, participants will be able to:
situations holistically and draw conclusions in line with the principles
of Organic Agriculture;
strategies and lead people and organizations in an effective and ethical
organizations and manage projects - this includes planning, fundraising,
implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
relationships, networks and cross-sector alliances;
convincing communication inside and outside of their institutions and
influence organic advocacy targets;
their value chains more sustainable and competitive;
services from the organic sector, including the IFOAM Organic Guarantee
System to develop the organic movement;
research, advise and train.
Core Competencies Acquired by Participants
The Organic Leadership Course is organized on a regional level. It follows a
holistic approach, allowing participants to develop:
1. Knowledge, e.g.
facts about Organic Agriculture,
2. Skills, e.g.
sound management know-how;
3. Attitude, e.g. a
It is geared
towards enabling and supporting concrete action. A variety of methods are used
to facilitate learning at different levels (action, reflection and theory), as
well as learning with and from each other.
intensive residential modules are complemented by periods of online learning.
During these periods, the trainees study the materials provided on the learning
platform at their own pace and meet on a regular basis in webinars (web-based
seminars), consisting of lectures and discussions with subject experts. In this
phase, trainees have the opportunity to apply the lessons from the first
intensive course to a project of their own choosing, on which they then report
and receive feedback from the group.
In total, the
course offers 150 hours of intensive training, 16 days in person in a class of
20-25 participants and 10 half day webinars in the same group.
expected to actively engage in all residential trainings, webinars and
individual tasks. They will have to implement a project of their own and
perform a public appearance (e.g. as a conference speaker or in an interview in
the mass media).
depends on the trainee's attitude - readiness to share experiences and openness
to build relationships with peers and other learning process stakeholders is
vital to achieve the course objectives.
need access to a computer and internet. For the duration of the course they are
expected to invest on average half to one day per week. It is also anticipated
that in the course of the training the participants' organizations become IFOAM
The tuition fee
includes training; teaching materials; excursions; board, lodging and internet
access (during the residential training); access to the e-learning software;
certification and access to the alumni network. It excludes travels to the
residential training, participants' equipment and pocket money. IFOAM may
assist candidates in obtaining scholarships.
Fees would vary from region
to region depending on costs. Please consult the brochures for the
specific course to find out more.