Apply Now: Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA)

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Apply Now: Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA)

Deadline: March 31, 2017



The call for the 3rd Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA) is open! We invite your own application or encourage you to propose an innovator in the organic agriculture sector. We also request you to pass on the news in your circles. The deadline for the application is 31 March 2017. The award ceremony will be held at the 19th Organic World Congress in November 2017 in New Delhi. Please send us your application by using the web form here.


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About the award

Every three years, at the Organic World Congress (OWC), IFOAM-Organics International, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) (link is external) of the Republic of Korea, and the IFOAM Technology Innovation Platform (TIPI) award outstanding organic innovators with the Organic Farming Innovation Award (OFIA).


OFIA is an initiative of the government of the Republic of Korea in remembrance of the 17th OWC held in 2011 in its Gyeonggi Province.


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The overall goal of OFIA is to contribute to solving problems and exploring potentials in order to increase effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of organic farming, improve viability for environment, plants, animals and human beings.


The objective of OFIA is to regularly highlight outstanding innovations and to incentivize organic innovations among researchers, extension agents and practitioners.


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By highlighting the innovations through OFIA, the global organic community emphasizes the key role innovations play to accelerate the adoption of organic agriculture worldwide. Further, it has the mission to motivate innovations, and to boost the uptake of the innovations highlighted. An increased awareness on innovations inside and outside the organic community and a higher attention and esteem for innovators helps to inspire more innovations and shape the research agenda favourably towards more innovations.


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OFIA categories
OFIA is awarded in two categories: the Grand Prize and the Science Prize. The OFIA Committee selects one Grand Prize and one Science Prize winner each based on the criteria of innovativeness, applicability, relevance and impact potential.


The winners receive a monetary award (10,000 US$ for Grand Prize and 5,000 US$ for Science Prize) and a specially commissioned, sculpted memento at a festive ceremony during the OWC. The award earns the winners and their inspiring work more visibility, and helps spread their messages to a wider audience.


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OFIA Committee
The current OFIA Committee comprises of Dr. SeungYong Ra (RDA), Prof. Dr. Deog-Cheon Choi (Korean Association of Organic Agriculture), André Leu (President, IFOAM-Organics International), Markus Arbenz (Executive Director, IFOAM-Organics International), Dr. Uygun Aksoy (ISOFAR), Dr. Shaikh Tanveer Hossain (TIPI) and Jörg Schumacher (OFIA Grand Prize Winner, 2014)


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Kunlere Idowu

Kunlere is an environment and sustainable development strategist with years of active experience in environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement. You may follow him on Twitter via @kunlere_idowu


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