The future challenges of global food and farming systems are severe: producing enough, healthy and affordable food for everyone, adapting to climate change, protecting biodiversity, soil, water and air, reducing pollution, establishing sustainable food chains, high food quality and fair play for producer, employees and consumers. Organic 3.0 is ready to deliver. Holistic system research developed in Organic Agriculture is nowadays available and necessary to make Organic even better. Conventional agriculture is taking many results for its own development.

The ISOFAR world board met twice in 2018, one time vis-a-vis. These meetings are important to have a good understanding of different regions and cultures, even in science. Our Journal “Organic Agriculture” with Springer as publisher is developing very well. In 2018 about 150 papers were submitted, of which 30 were accepted (20%). The downloads and recognition are increasing significantly. These scientific communications are relevant to get a better and reliable reputation in policy design and conventional organizations.

 

Our non-profit-organization, ISOFAR, has supported the 4th African Organic Congress with reviews and the proceedings. The African Food Sovereignty Conference, FAO meetings, agro-ecology and climate change in the Pacific islands were also attended. ISOFAR was visible throughout the world in 2018, even though all this work is done on a voluntary basis and beside the ordinary work.

I thank you all who did this important work for ISOFAR and the Organic Agricultural movement and related research! We have about 450 members in 70 countries, but we have very little money (the fees for members are very little). We are sorry that we cannot sponsor projects of other requested support. All ISOFAR work is done without administrative and board costs.

I wish you all a good shift into the next year 2019.

Regards,

Prof. Dr. agr. habil. Gerold Rahmann

December 2018

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