isofar president stated

Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International (TIPI) organizes yearly meeting as Science Day at BioFach, Nuremberg, Germany. In 16th February 2018, the Science Day focused on “State of the art and research gaps in organic systems in the Global South”.

Researchers working on organic systems in the Global South do not have access to sufficient resources to realize the potential contribution of organic to rural development and the Sustainable Development especially in organic animal production systems. Prof. Gerold Rahmann, Director Thünen Institute of Organic Farming, Germany and ISOFAR President in his lecture the main key points onchallenges and research gaps for organic livestock systems in the Global South:

  • Hungry and hardworking people, animals and soils characterize the global south
  • Organic movement should consider more animal husbandry is agro ecosystem design
  • No more copy paste of north concepts to the south reality
  • Adaptation and resilience are the key solutions for the south challenges


  • Livestock is a crucial component of the organic farming system, considering nutrient cycling in the system for more      sustainability and autonomy. Challenges for the global south are enormous and face huge difficulties related to water scarcity, nitrogen deficiency, market gaps…
  • Classic concepts of organic movement are Eurocentric, and do not fit to south reality. Organic movement is the      south consider animal welfare more than conventional animal livestock in the north. Indeed, farmers in tropical region have achieved an interesting      degree of balance between livestock needs and soil potential. Innovative      solutions should be found to fit their conditions without breaking the      balance and expanding the gaps.
  • Mixed farming is yet less considered for nutrient      cycling, but nitrogen struggle will remain the main challenge for protein      production. Organic husbandry concept of the north would not be the      solution, but still to find an agreement less restrictive to the global      south. Organic livestock is important in organic farming and can solve      future global challenges
  • The main challenges for livestock development are:
  • Adapt organic concept to the realities/needs of the global south conditions
  • Keep and improve crop-livestock integration in the design of agro ecosystems
  • Increase productivity and pay attention to the environmental costs
  • Animal welfare is crucial, livestock is a living part of the system and not a device
  • Find innovative solution for feed deficits and health problems within global organic agreement
  • Development of local premium market with participatory quality insurance

Expand research actions in a comprehensive way in order to solve more organic livestock complications.


Reported by: Azim Khalid,
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