TIPI - Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM - Organics International

TIPI - Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM - Organics International


Dr. Helga Willer
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
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5070 Frick
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Now online: The TIPI Vision and Strategy


TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International, aims to foster international collaboration in organic agriculture research, engage and involve all stakeholders that benefit from organic agriculture research, facilitate exchange of scientific knowledge of organic food and farming systems, and help disseminate, apply and implement innovationsand scientific knowledge consistent with the principles of organic agriculture.

TIPI's vision document, which was presented at Science Day at BIOFACH in Febraury 2016, lays down TIPI’s Global Vision and Strategy to advance organic agriculture through research, development, innovation and technology transfer.

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Table of contents

List of abbreviations   
1.    Executive summary  
2.    About TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International  
3.    General introduction to organic agriculture  
4.    The strengths, challenges and potentials of organic farming   
4.1    Introduction   
4.2    The strengths of organic agriculture 
4.3    Weaknesses of organic agriculture   
4.4    Opportunities for organic agriculture   
4.5    The challenges facing organic agriculture   
5.    The current state of organic farming research, globally and by continent   
5.1    Global overview   
5.2    Africa   
5.3    Asia   
5.4    Europe   
5.5    Latin America and the Caribbean   
5.6    North America   
5.7    Oceania   
6.    What will organic farming look like by 2030? A visionary forecast  
6.1    Future challenges for agriculture in general  
6.2    Organic agriculture: can it be part of the solution and does it respond to global challenges? 
7.    Vision 2030 for the future development of organic farming 
7.1    Pathway 1: Organic farming and food systems crucially empower rural areas across the whole world and help stop migration from the land  
7.2    Pathway 2: Secure food and ecosystems through eco-functional intensification  
7.3    Pathway 3: High quality foods – a basis for healthy diets and a key to improving the quality of life and health. 
8.    Approaches and methods for globally advancing organic agricultural research and farmer innovation  
8.1    Different approaches to addressing the challenges of organic agriculture  
8.2    Methods for research that will successfully advance organic agriculture and practice 
8.3    Farmers and researchers: A renewed partnership 
8.4    Models for success for farmer-researcher partnerships 
8.5    The dimensions of innovation in (organic) agriculture 
9.    The knowledge chain 
9.1    State of the art  
9.2    Important online learning and information portals  
9.3    Bottlenecks  
9.4    TIPI’s potential role in knowledge exchange  
10.    Next Steps: Towards an action plan 
10.1    The role of TIPI  
10.2    TIPI’s Action Plan 
11.    Appendix : Summary from the final stakeholder discussions
12.    References   
13.    Authors and contributors in alphabetical order