Since 1972, IFOAM has occupied an unchallenged position as the only international umbrella organization of the organic world, i.e. all stakeholders contributing to the organic vision. This allows IFOAM to unite, lead and assist the organic movement - all IFOAM Affiliates - in its full diversity, while providing a common voice on relevant organic issues. IFOAM implements the will of its broad-based constituency, with Affiliates in more than 100 countries and is governed by a World Board originating from all continents. The IFOAM Action Network comprises self-organized IFOAM regional and sector groups and daughter organizations.
IFOAM, with its dual identity of umbrella organization and global action network, offers to its clients financially viable services that are relevant to the Organic Movement and for achieving its goals. It has identified five pillars of actions on which it rest its long term strategy:
• Organic Umbrella – Uniting the Organic Movement;
• Organic Advocacy – Promoting Sustainability in Agriculture;
• Organic Value Chain – Facilitating Production and Trade;
• Organic Programs – Assisting Organic Development;
• IFOAM Academy – Building Organic Leaders’ Capacity.
Vision: Worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems, based on the Principles of Organic Agriculture.
Mission: Lead, unite and assist the organic movement in its full diversity.
Values: IFOAM acts in a fair, inclusive and participatory manner and highly appreciates the diversity of the Organic Agriculture movement.
To date IFOAM represents around 737 affiliates in 114 countries.