Dear members and friends of ISOFAR,

I like to let you know some information about our activities in the first half of the year 2018. The board has met twice, one virtual, one vis-à-vis on Capri (before the GRAB-IT conference - the Italian conference of Organic Agriculture Researcher, which we supported). ISOFAR board members gave several oral and posters presentations. As president I was honored to give a keynote in the introduction of ISOFAR and our activities, to have more members and a clear agenda to be recognized as important network of scientists. The key message was, to work on challenges, not on regulation. That does mean, to have a clear commitment in the goals of Organic Agriculture, the understanding of future challenges of sustainable food security and safety, and the role to stimulate and initiate a science based discussion in the movement and the scientific community, as well as becoming a “Plan B” for politicians and stakeholders. We know, as scientists we are poor in resources, but rich in ideas and communication. We need more members throughout the world to become stronger as association.

The Capri board meeting was important to know each other better and to make a programme and agenda for our term till 2020: we like to make a special workshop 2019 in Morocco (in conjunction with an Organic Conference), to discuss the “how” we can help with Organic Agriculture to solve future challenges (the “why” was already published as result from a Korea workshop 2015). The results will be published as well in a special issue of Organic Agriculture in 2020 and the OWC. Together with representatives from Springer, our publisher, we have discussed the amendments in our Journal of Organic Agriculture, which we discussed and decided at our India workshop last November. The Journal is on a good track, 219 papers have already been published, the procedure of review is fine and in time. Springer is happy and we try to achieve the final step of recognizion in an application for ISI this year.

With ISOFAR support the German government has decided to launch a call for “knowledge centres for Organic Agriculture”. This is important, because the foreseen 4 centres shall disseminate the knowledge of Organic Agriculture to farmers and consumers, not only as certified products, but as sustainable and local adapted production measures with increasing output for small scale and poor farms. The topic and informations can be found on the webpage.

ISOFAR is represented in the IFOAM world board. The changed of the goals and strategy of IFOAM, confirmed at the General Assembly in Dehli 2017, is called Organic 3.0. ISOFAR has initiated and followed the discussions since 2011, at the OWC11 in Seoul. ISOFAR is committed to support this idea with scientific work.

I invite you all to make Organic Agriculture stronger with research, to work on future challenges of the food system and to be active member of ISOFAR.

gerold ny








Prof. Dr. Gerold Rahmann
President of ISOFAR