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FiBL and IFOAM announce Global Organic Research Network

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) announced at the UN Rio+20 Conference the formation of the IFOAM Global Organic Research Network.

The IFOAM Global Organic Research Network will be a dynamic global network enabling world-class collaboration on organic food and farming science, knowledge, and technology innovation within the global organic movement and with a wide range of science partners throughout the world. The network will focus on fostering research capacity in developing countries where food security is critical.

The organizers and partners will use this network as a platform to address key priorities that will enhance the sustainability of all agriculture based on the principles of organic agriculture—health, ecology, care and fairness—with an emphasis on reducing poverty for small-scale food producers. Once in operation, it will facilitate the ecological and social intensification of agriculture and food and nutrition security for all.

IFOAM and FiBL plan to launch the Global Organic Research Network at the BioFach Organic Trade Fair and Congress in Nuremberg, Germany in February 2013. Following the launch, the partnering institutions and key stakeholders will develop projects and collaborative agreements to conduct, implement and disseminate research throughout the world.

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Brian Baker, FiBL, Switzerland, brian.baker(at)fibl.org