The Organic Farm Knowledge platform provides access to a wide range of tools and resources related to organic farming that can help improve production. It also aims to serve as a virtual meeting place for cross-border learning.
The platform promotes the exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers, and scientists, with the aim of increasing productivity and quality in organic farming across Europe.
The Organic Farm Knowledge platform was originally set up by the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) in the framework of the OK-Net Arable project, which involved 17 partners from 12 European countries and was coordinated by IFOAM EU. The project was financed under Horizon 2020, the European Union's main funding instrument for research and innovation.
The core of the Organic Farm Knowledge platform is the toolbox, which provides access to resources for organic farmers and advisors. These were evaluated/selected or created in the framework of the projects OK-Net Arable and OK-Net Ecofeed.
Further projects are expected to join and thus ensure the continual expansion of the knowledge available on the platform.
The Organic Farm Knowledge platform is directly linked to the Organic Eprints online archive, where information and publications related to organic farming research are stored. Organic Eprints is maintained by the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS), who also set up the first version of the Organic Farm Knowledge Platform in 2016.
The core partners of the Organic Farm Knowledge platform are FiBL (hosting, management, and maintenance), ICROFS (management and maintenance of Organic Eprints) and IFOAM EU (support and promotion). Further partners are the Italian Association of Organic Agriculture AIAB, the German organic producer organisation Bioland, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute CIHEAM Bari, the French Technical Institute of Organic Agriculture ITAB, and the UK-based Organic Research Centre ORC. More information about the partner organisations
The Organic Farm Knowledge platfrom was set up in the framework of the OK-Net Arable project. and currently it is developed further in the OK-Net Ecofeed project, both funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union's framework programme for research and innovation. Interest to join the platform and expand it with pertinent organic knowledge has been expressed by several other current European projects. Links are currently being built.
Further organisations and projects are encouraged to join the platform. More about the partner projects
The board of Organic Farm Knowledge, in which all current partners are represented, is in charge of strategic issues, such as quality criteria, and securing the maintenance, further developoment and the continuity of the platform.