About the award
Every three years, at the Organic World Congress (OWC), IFOAM-Organics International, the Rural Development Administration (RDA) 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.
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 the 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.
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 of 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 favorably towards more innovations.
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.
Calls for applications
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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