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. 

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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:

Organic Agriculture research lecture for NOARA World Food day celebration on Oct 16, 2020
Rahmann lecture for NOARA organic research virtual conference on 16-10-2020.pdf (21.18MB)
Organic Agriculture research lecture for NOARA World Food day celebration on Oct 16, 2020
Rahmann lecture for NOARA organic research virtual conference on 16-10-2020.pdf (21.18MB)

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.

Read more

January 1, 2020

In memory of William Lockeretz

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.