Resources on organic agriculture

July 30, 2018
A translation for this article is available in French

Always wanted to know more about organic agriculture? You’ve come to the right place!

IFOAM Organics International is described on its website at https://www.ifoam.bio/en as “the only international umbrella organization for the organic world, uniting [a] diverse range of stakeholders contributing to the organic vision.”

The IFOAM website has many useful resources on organic agriculture, including this brochure that describes the four principles on which organic agriculture is based: https://www.ifoam.bio/sites/default/files/poa_english_web.pdf

1. The Principle of Health: Organic Agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible.

2. The Principle of Ecology: Organic Agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.

3. The Principle of Fairness: Organic Agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.

4. The Principle of Care: Organic Agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.

You can find much more about these four principles on the IFOAM website.

Other resources on the website include:
• The Scope of Organic Agriculture: Beyond certification toward other types of community-based verification, including Participatory Guarantee Systems: https://www.ifoam.bio/en/scope-organic-agriculture
• Organic basics: Ten frequently asked questions on organics: https://www.ifoam.bio/en/our-library/organic-basics
• A list of organizations in Africa affiliated with IFOAM: https://directory.ifoam.bio/affiliates?region_filter=Africa