The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) has been a global umbrella organization for the organic movement since 1972. IFOAM strives to be an organic agent of change for sustainability in agriculture, value chains and consumption; working on behalf of its membership, the global organic movement in over 120 countries. The Federation was one of the main organising groups supporting the establishment of PGS-certification and has been promoting it since its acceptance as an alternative to other forms of certification.
After the successful conclusion of the 17th IFOAM Organic World Congress in 2011- the first-ever to be held in Asia – many organic stakeholders in Asia felt the need for an organic alliance in the region. Discussions began in earnest at the end of May 2012 in South Korea where 18 leaders of the organic movements from 14 countries achieved consensus on the formation of such a body. A second physical meeting in Manila laid the framework of “IFOAM Asia” and after five months of preparations, the sub-Federation was officially approved by the IFOAM World Board on November 24, 2012. IFOAM Asia was formally launched on June 28, 2013 and celebrated its 2nd General Assembly on June 1, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea with representation from 10 countries in Asia.