International Society of Organic Farming Research

ISOFAR serves as the premier international society on organic research, for scientists, students, and non-profits interested in organic agriculture. We facilitate global co-operation in research, education and knowledge exchange. We support our members through a wide array of services, publications, and events. 

Learn more about the benefits of ISOFAR membership.


September 8, 2021

The 6th ISOFAR conference at the 20th IFOAM Organic World Congress 2021 is open. 

From its roots, organic inspires science, and vice versa

The scientific roots of organic systems are anchored in the four principles of IFOAM – Organics International: ecology, health, fairness, and care. Scientific skills are needed for the continuous improvement of organic food, systems, and culture.

The Forum invited researchers to share their work in the following five themes, with a special focus on interdisciplinary research. 

Scientific discussions are critical for the development of research, not only in advancing knowledge and methodology but also in expanding innovation in approaches and visions. These discussions will provide the scaffolding for the 6th ISOFAR Conference of Organic Agricultural Science of the Organic World Congress in Rennes in 2021.

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All authors agreed that all papers are uploaded to the public and free access online platform Organic Eprints and to be published in this Book of Abstracts of the Thünen-Report 88 2021. 19 papers have been already published in a special edition of the peer reviewed Journal of Organic Agriculture in Volume 10, supplement issue 1, in December 2020 ( 

About 200 scientific papers have been accepted for presentation. The abstracts are found here:

Book of Abstracts of the 6th ISOFAR conference at the 20th Organic World Congress, Rennes, France, 8-10 Sept 2021
Thuenen_Report_88.pdf (2.33MB)
Book of Abstracts of the 6th ISOFAR conference at the 20th Organic World Congress, Rennes, France, 8-10 Sept 2021
Thuenen_Report_88.pdf (2.33MB)

September 7, 2021

7th ISOFAR General Assembly

The 7th ISOFAR General Assembly was held on the 7th September 2021 in Rennes, France, in conjunction with the 20th Organic World Congress. Due to the CoVid-19 pandemia the GA was done as hybrid GA, 33 attended via Zoom, 10 were in-person. The previous board was released from duties and all participants gave big thanks to all of them for their volunteer work. The new board was elected and 12 candidates have been elected for the therm 2021-2024:

  • Rahmann, Gerold (Germany) (president)
  • Shade, Jessica (USA) Vice-president
  • Neuhoff, Daniel (Germany) (treasurer)
  • Olowe, Victor (Nigeria)
  • Ardakani, M. Reza (Iran)
  • Zanolli, Raffaele (Italy)
  • Mayer, Jochen (Switzerland)
  • Zikeli, Sabine (Germany)
  • Khalid, Azim (Morocco)
  • Sassi, Khaled (Tunesia)
  • Chander, Mahesh (India)
  • David, Wahyudi (Indonesia)

Minutes from the GA 2021
2021-09-07 Minutes GA 2021.pdf (450.48KB)
Minutes from the GA 2021
2021-09-07 Minutes GA 2021.pdf (450.48KB)

June 30, 2021

Registration for the hybrid workshop "publish or perish" as OWC21 pre-conference (7th Sept 2021, 9-12 CEST) is open. 


Organic farming systems are dependent on science and research. Plentiful, high-quality published papers are critical for improving organic agriculture across the world. This pre-conference will:

  • Provide a forum for relevant information and the chance to discuss questions in organic agriculture research
  • Raise awareness on the importance of scientific publishing
  • Present the ISOFAR journal, share updates, and develop ideas for collaboration to increase the volume and quality of published papers.
  • Encourage more scientists and other stakeholders to produce and submit relevant, high-quality papers for peer review and publishing in the member journal of ISOFAR, Organic Agriculture
  • Learn how-to construct high-quality scientific papers, from the introduction to the conclusion

Expected Outcomes:

  • Strengthened network among scientists working with organic agriculture;
  • Improved skills to strengthen scientific publication activities;
  • Methods for transferring research results to farmers and other stakeholders (dissemination strategies);
  • Complementary, post-OWC paper writing-groups, voluntarily peer-review, webinars for research project design, groups established to utilize the OA journal for a conference

June 1, 2021

Organic Agriculture: special issue on LandLessFood workshop published.

LandLessFood model

This special issue presents the outcomes from “Designing sustainable and circular agricultural systems for the year 2100,” the joint scientific workshop of ISOFAR, the Thünen-Institute, and INRA-Morocco, which was held from November 14 to 16, 2019 in Marrakesh, Morocco. Nineteen scientists from a broad array of background and nationalities came together with the understanding that food security globally is at risk, especially in the post-2050 timeframe. Current concepts, strategies, measures, and scientific efforts carried out by governments, NGOs, businesses, and societies do not deliver satisfying solutions for how to sustainably produce enough healthy and affordable food to support the global population. With the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, it became even more evident that food security is a challenge. This workshop took an innovative approach to addressing the challenges of future agriculture by considering sustainable, circular agricultural systems. Participants presented research results on algae-based food, edible insects, mushrooms, novel concepts for nutrient management, bioreactor-based farming, sustainable food culture, as well as sensor- and remote-controlled automatic food production. This special issue presents the papers contributed to the workshop and the results of the discussions.

May 26, 2021

ISOFAR board member Prof. Dr. Victor Idowu Olugbemiga Olowe gave today his 63rd inaugural lecture at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. 

April 20, 2021

Journal of Organic Agriculture, volume 11, issue 1 has been released.

Do you want to publish your article in this journal?

Please visit the homepage of Organic Agriculture for full details on:

  • aims and scope
  • editorial policy
  • article submission

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April 13, 2021

WEBINAR: Maximizing Carbon Sequestration in Organic Systems 

The Organic Center will be hosting a free webinar on Maximizing Carbon Sequestration in Organic Systems. The webinar is taking place on Friday, April 16 at 11:30 am Pacific Time (18:30 GMT). Join us to learn more from the Robert Crystal-Ornelas, PhD, co-author of a recently-published paper that looks within organic management to quantify carbon sequestration of different practices used by farmers.


  • Robert Crystal-Ornelas, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Energy Geosciences Division | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Amber Sciligo, PhD, Associate Director of Science Programs | The Organic Center 





April 13, 2021

Warsaw University Seeks BS Students in Organic Agriculture

The Warsaw University of Life Sciences is recruiting students for it's Organic Agriculture and Food Production BSc program. 

The program offers students a holistic and interdisciplinary knowledge in the area of organic agriculture and food production, presented by the best specialists from different faculties of Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW and from abroad.
Learn more about the program here

March 1, 2021

IFOAM has launched the World of Organic Agriculture 2021

Like every year, IFOAM has launched the annual edition of the Statistics of the World of Organic Farming on BioFach Nueremberg, this year virtually done in February. Many ISOFAR members have contributed to the content. It is a valuable summary of the real world of Organic farming and markets. Here you can download the edition for free.

February 10, 2021

KCOA Project: Training of Team of Trainers (ToToT) in Nigeria

A train-the-trainer workshop, the KCOA Project: Training of Team of Trainers (ToToT), was hosted by the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN), in collaboration with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM-Organics International), sponsored by the German Development Agency (GIZ). The ToToT workshop was successfully held in Nigeria between February 1-5, 2021, with 14 participants strategically selected from all geopolitical zones of the country.  The workshop covered topics such as ecological organic agriculture, soil fertility management, markets for sustainable food systems, and an overview of the KCOA platform. The workshop also include a field trip to Ajibode Organic Farm, where they interreacted with farmers using the practices covered in the workshop. 

Read more about the workshop in our News page.

February 8, 2021

Webinar on Environmental Impacts of Organic Cotton

The Organic Center will be hosting a free webinar on their latest research collaboration with Iowa State University, examining the environmental impacts of organic cotton. The webinar will take place on February 17, 2021 at 10am Pacific Time (18:00 GMT). 

Kathleen Delate, PhD, Professor, Iowa State University
Angela Wartes-Kahl, Organic Trade Assoc. Fiber Council
Jessica Shade, PhD,  The Organic Center (Discussion Leader)


February 1, 2021

Special Issue for the Organic World Congress 2020 published

Special Issue OWC20 ORGA

The Organic Word Congress 2020 in Rennes has been postponed to 2021 (Sep. 6-10 in Rennes, France), as well as the scientific forum with 280 accepted presentations. Nevertheless, we have invited authors to submit their contributions for a special issue of Organic Agriculture. After a peer-review we have accepted 19 papers for publishing. ISOFAR members have free download via our member area.

January 1, 2021

Message from the ISOFAR president Prof. Rahmann 2021

Dear ISOFAR members,

2020 comes to an end, and I can say: “I am happy about this”. It was an extraordinary difficult year without traveling, no meetings and hurdles for any action. I guess, all of you have experienced the same problems. Nevertheless, if was a year of reflexion and focusing. I am still positive and optimistic about Organic Agriculture and the role of science to make it even stronger. ISOFAR has an important international role to bring scientist together and make joint actions. I like to give you some outline of the coming year. 

Read more

December 16, 2020

Journal of Organic Farming, Volume 10, issue 4 published

We are pleased to deliver your requested table of contents alert for Organic Agriculture. Volume 10, Issue 4 is now available online. 

ISOFAR membership gives free access to all articles in the journal, not just the ones below which are marked as open access. In order to use this benefit, create an account on our new website (the address is or In the member area you'll find a link that directs you to the journal. 

The Organic Agriculture Journal is not only open for you to read but also to publish - provided your work passes the review process. We therefore encourage you to hand in your own scientific papers (

November 12, 2020

ISOFAR member Prof. Dr. Johannes Kahl, University of Kassel, died

On 12 November 2020, ISOFAR member and our long-time colleague and friend, Professor Johannes Kahl, died at the age of 52 after a long illness. Since 2016, he was Professor at the Faculty of Organic Agriculture at the University of Kassel (Germany) and head of the Department of Organic Food Quality. Prof. Kahl's lectures on 'Organic food system and sustainable diets' were very popular among students.  

He has conducted many projects, e.g. Susplus project within Erasmus Plus ‘Innovative Education towards Sustainable Food Systems’, ProOrg project within ERANET Horizon 2020 ‘Code of Practice for organic food processing’ and project from Ekhaga scientific foundation 'Promoting human health and well-being by maintaining matrix related organic food qualities from field to fork' and Sysorg project within ERANET Horizon 2020 'Organic agro-food systems as models for sustainable food systems in Europe and Northern Africa'.

As member of ISOFAR and Chairman of the Food Quality and Health association (FQH), he worked intensively throughout all these years organizing scientific workshops within the association, developing joint scientific publications.

Prof. Johannes Kahl was an outstanding scientist, an excellent teacher and a great friend. 

Honor His Memory!   

October 31, 2020

Biofach India 2020: ISOFAR was organizing and contributing partner of the virtual scientific conference on the 31st October 2020.

Dr. Mahesh Chander, ISOFAR board member, has organized with his Indian friends an international scientific conference "Organic Farming Research, Technologies and Extension" at the Biofach 2020 in India. ISOFAR was partner, together with the Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research and others.

Because of CoVid-19, the event was done virtually. ISOFAR president Prof. Dr. Gerold Rahmann and ISOFAR board members Dr. Khalid Azim and Dr. Mahesh Chander gave speeches, related to Organic Agricultural Research, the methodology of a system and interdisciplinary approaches and the role of ISOFAR in the international networking of scientists. 

About 250 participants have attended the event. Particularly in times under extreme restrictions of traveling, due to the pandemic CoVid-19, such events are very important to keep contact between each other and to give scientists a platform to present and discuss.

Here you can download the extended summery:

Extended summery of the contribution of the Biofach India 2020 virtual conference
ISOFAR contributed to Biofach India 2020 virtual.pdf (2.4MB)
Extended summery of the contribution of the Biofach India 2020 virtual conference
ISOFAR contributed to Biofach India 2020 virtual.pdf (2.4MB)

October 16, 2020

World Food Day 2020: ISOFAR gave OA lecture at NOARAs celebration

United Nations World Food day 2020 was a global event, celebrated on the 16th October. ISOFAR was invited by the Network of Organic Agricultural Researchers in Africa (NOARA) to give a lesson about Organic Agricultural Research. President Prof. Dr. Gerold Rahmann gave a note about OA research in Germany, his concept about the AO and non-OA research differences and mutualities, his observations of OA research in Africa and recommendations for the future. A platform can be the Knowledge Centre of Organic Agriculture in Africa, financed by the German government with 23 mio Euro from 2019 - 2024.  

Below you find his presentation as pdf:

Organic Agriculture research lecture for NOARA World Food day celebration on Oct 16, 2020
Rahmann lecture for NOARA organic research virtual conference on 16-10-2020.pdf (21.18MB)
Organic Agriculture research lecture for NOARA World Food day celebration on Oct 16, 2020
Rahmann lecture for NOARA organic research virtual conference on 16-10-2020.pdf (21.18MB)

August 30, 2020

New study focuses on Italian research and innovation

A new study, published in the journal Agronomy, highlights research and innovation in organic farming in Italy. The study originates from the main outcomes that emerged during the World Café held in the frame of the Salone Internazionale del biologico e del naturale (SANA Expo) in 2018, where the Italian OFF research community met to build a convergence on scope and modus operandi in the research endeavor. Read more about it here.

July 31, 2020

ISOFAR board report 2017 - 2020 prepared for members


Based on the ISOFAR Statutes, a General Assembly is to be held at least every three years, and one was planned for the end of the 2017-2020 term to take place on September 13, 2020, in conjunction with the Organic World Congress 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic ISOFAR members have voted with 98 % (deadline June 30, 2020 via SurveyMonkey invitation) to postpone the next General Assembly until September 2021 in Rennes, France. Despite the postponement of the General Assembly, the ISOFAR board committed to preparing a report for the standard three-year term (2017-2020) to share with ISOFAR members in 2020.The report is only accessible for member and shall be discussed virtually with ISOFAR members in November 2020 on invitation.  


June 26, 2020

Webinar on Organic Farm Profitability and Biodiversity

The Organic Center's will be hosting a free webinar on "Biodiversity and Profitability on Organic Farms - Environmental and Economic Benefits of Organic Practices" on Wednesday, July 1 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

A growing body of science shows that organic farming supports more biodiversity and can bring in more income than conventional farming, highlighting the environmental and economic benefits of using organic practices. What is less understood is how these benefits are affected by the farming landscape around organic operations. Join us to learn more about the study’s findings. 


- Amber Sciligo, PhD, Associate Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center

- David W. Crowder, PhD, Associate Professor of Entomology, Washington State University

- Olivia Smith, PhD, Postdoctoral researcher, Entomology Department, University of Georgia

 This Webinar will be recorded, so be sure to register now to receive the recording straight to your inbox. 

May 12, 2020

Message for ISOFAR members from the board

The ISOFAR board has discussed on the 8th May 2020 the impact of the postponement of the Organic World Congress towards Sept 8-10, 2021 in Rennes for the society. This message is to inform our members about the board recommendations and decisions.


April 24, 2020 

Organic World Congress postponed to September 8-10, 2021

In light of recent developments around covid-19, the organizing committee has decided to postpone the Organic World Congress to September 8-10, 2021 (pre-conferences to take place September 6 and 7). We are grateful for the unwavering support from our international, national and local partners and are confident that this is the right decision for all involved.

Read more

January 1, 2020

In memory of William Lockeretz

With sorrow, ISOFAR has received the news about our former board member, Professor Dr. William Lockeretz, that he passed away on December 12, 2019. Willie was his informal name, among his many friends in the worldwide organic movement. He made friends everywhere and could talk to anyone. He was an academic pioneer in organic agriculture in the United States of America, but also globally. He joined the board of ISOFAR at the establishment of this organisation in 2003 and kept his board position until 2011.