Interview with Urs Niggli about TIPI

Recently Jan Piotrowski interviewed Urs Niggli of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL about TIPI for an article on SciDev.Net – the Science and Development Network.

Urs Niggli

Prof. Dr. Urs Niggli, Director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland


Among other things, Jan Piotrowski asked what are the future plans are for TIPI? According to Niggli, for 2013, TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has the following program:

  • To develop a Global Research Vision for organic farming addressing the challenges of food security, ecosystem degradation and social and economic discrimination of farmers.
  • To prepare a new workshop format for the discussion of farmers with scientists on the state-of-the-art of the most important problems and challenges of organic farming methods/organic food chains at the next IFOAM International Congress in Istanbul in October 2014.
  • To make an inventory of all research programs, research institutes and scientific literature on the website and improve transparency on research results via the online archive for literature related to organic farming research
  • To start the work of the board of TIPI with 2 meetings.
  • To prepare a conference of TIPI members in Istanbul in October 2014 with debates on future research trends in organic and agro-ecological farming.
  • To advise and support IFOAM on scientific aspects of organic farming and climate change, food security and ecosystem services.

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Full interview


  • Prof. Dr. Urs Niggli, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland