Home » News

ORCA: Database with information on organic research institutions now online

The proposed Organic Research Centres Alliance ORCA intends to internationally network and strengthen existing institutions with scientific credentials and empower them to become centers of excellence in transdisciplinary organic agriculture research. The ORCA database is now online.

(

The database gives a unique overview of research institutions active in organic agricultural research world-wide. The database can be searched by keyword and by country. For each institution the key activities are listed. A distinction is made between institutions that are active in organic farming research and those that are of interest to organic research. Furthermore there is the category "other organic partners" under which institutions are named that are not active in research but which are of relevance to organic farming research like disssemination centres. 

The ORCA concept has been developed jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations  (Italy), Tufts University (USA) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL (Switzerland).

The Organic Research Centres Alliance ORCA is a joint initiative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO, the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and the Danish International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems ICROFS.

Partners who have so far joined the Alliance include:

  • the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research ISOFAR,
  • the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM,
  • Agro Eco Louis Bolk Institute,
  • Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences BOKU and
  • the German Federal Research Institute von Thunen vTI.

More information

Links

Contact

  • Nadia El-Hage Scialabba
    Senior Officer, Organic Agriculture Programme
    Natural Resources Management and Environment Department
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Viale Terme di Caracalla
    00153 Rome, Italy
    Tel +3906 5705 6729
    Fax +3906 5705 3064 E-mail nadia.scialabba(at)fao.org

This website is
implemented by

FiBL Logo

With the support of

ITC

Seco

In cooperation with

IFOAM

BIOFACH