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Organic Leadership Course: East Asia

In 2012, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) launched the Organic Leadership Course (OLC) with great success in Asia and more recently in Europe.  Due to the great response and high demand for leadership training around the world, IFOAM is now launching the courses for East Asia 2013 – 2014.The objective of the Course is to train leaders in the region, to promote a common understanding and a shared vision of Agroecology and Organic Production.General Course Overview:
  • You will acquire the following competencies:
The OLC is organized on a regional level. It follows a holistic approach, allowing participants to develop:
  1. Knowledge: Facts and informatoin about organic agriculture production, trade, policy and regulation.
  2. Skills: Sound management principles and know-how.
  3. Attitude: a leader's personality and bearing.
It is geared towards enabling and supporting concrete action. A variety of methods are used to facilitate learning at different levels (action, reflection and theory), as well as learning with and from each other.Who are eligible?Eligible participants are women and men, committed to the principles of Organic Agriculture, who wish to achieve personal development and leadership within the Organic Agriculture movement. Typical participants may have their background in:
  • Farmers' organizations or national organic movements;
  • Organic companies;
  • Organic producers, processors, traders or retailers;
  • Organic certification bodies;
  • Consumers' organisations;
  • Organizations campaigning for sustainable rural development;
  • Research, extension, education or rural development institutions;
  • Government institutions (e.g. ministries of agriculture, development or environment);
  • Development agencies.
Learning ObjectivesThe training will broaden participants' knowledge and develop their skills. After the course, you will be able to:
  • Analyze situations holistically and draw conclusions in line with the principles of Organic Agriculture;
  • Design strategies and lead people and organizations in an effective and ethical way;
  • Develop organizations and manage projects - this includes planning, fundraising, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Build relationships, networks and cross-sector alliances;
  • Master convincing communication inside and outside of their institutions and influence organic advocacy targets;
  • Make their value chains more sustainable and competitive;
  • Use services from the organic sector, including the IFOAM Organic Guarantee System to develop the organic movement;
  • Access research, advise and train.
TuitionTwo highly intensive residential modules are complemented by periods of online learning. During these periods, the trainees study the materials provided on the learning platform at their own pace and meet on a regular basis in webinars (web-based seminars), consisting of lectures and discussions with subject experts. In this phase, trainees have the opportunity to apply the lessons from the first intensive course to a project of their own choosing, on which they then report and receive feedback from the group.In total, the course offers 150 hours of intensive training, 16 days in person in a class of 20-25 participants and 10 half-day webinars in the same group.Required InputParticipants are expected to actively engage in all residential trainings, webinars and individual tasks. They will have to implement a project of their own and perform a public appearance (e.g. as a conference speaker or in an interview in the mass media).Learning success depends on the trainee's attitude - readiness to share experiences and openness to build relationships with peers and other learning process stakeholders is vital to achieve the course objectives.Participants will need access to a computer and internet for the duration of the course. They are expected to invest on average half to one day per week. It is also anticipated that in the course of the training the participants' organizations become IFOAM Affiliates.FeesThe tuition fee includes training; teaching materials; excursions; board, lodging and internet access (during the residential training); access to the e-learning software; certification and access to the alumni network. It excludes travels to the residential training, participants' equipment and pocket money.IFOAM may assist candidates in obtaining scholarship.For more details, follow this link.  or Download this PDF . Download application Form. Apply by 30 August to
IFOAM Organic Leadership Course Website