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Building a global platform for organic farming research, innovation and technology transfer


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Niggli, Urs; Andres, Christian; Willer, Helga and Baker, Brian P. (2017) Building a global platform for organic farming research, innovation and technology transfer. Organic Agriculture, online, pp. 1-16.

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Organic food and farming systems have a great untapped potential to provide the world with healthy, high-quality food that is produced and distributed in an ecologically sound and fair way, but numerous production challenges and barriers slow the adoption of organic practices. Innovations addressing these challenges are not being developed sufficiently because of insufficient capacity in research, development and technologytransfer, especiallyinAfrica, Asia and Latin America. Given the limited resources, as well as the specific needs of organic food and farming systems, different pathways are needed to develop new technologies that are compatible with the principles of organic farming. The Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM OrganicsInternational(TIPI)was established to advance organic farming through research, development, innovation and technology transfer. As a global platform for organic food and farming systems research, innovation and technology transfer, TIPI advocates for three main pathways along which this is expected to happen, each of which comes with a specific set of research objectives and outcomes: (1) empower rural areas, (2) practice eco-functional intensification and (3) produce food for health and well-being. TIPI identified three strategies to build the necessary capacity:
(1) develop research methods appropriate for organic food and farming systems; (2) renew partnerships between farmers, farm advisors, scientists and consumers; and (3)integrate technological,social and ecological dimensions of innovation.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Organic farming, Sustainable intensification, Research, Innovationdevelopment, Technologytransfer
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication > Technology transfer
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Communication
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
DOI:DOI 10.1007/s13165-017-0191-9
Deposited By: Niggli, Prof. Dr. Urs
ID Code:32069
Deposited On:24 Aug 2017 12:05
Last Modified:24 Aug 2017 12:05
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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