ICROFS replaces and expands the scope of DARCOF
ICROFS, the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems is established by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries by June 1st 2008. ICROFS replaces and is an expansion of the former centre DARCOF, which the Danish Government decided to give an international mandate and an international board with members from Africa, Asia, America and Europe. Here, and in our new folder (pdf), you can read the first outline of ICROFS. Implementation of the new name and website will follow in the months to come.
The International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS) is a “centre without walls” where the research is performed in interdisciplinary collaboration between research groups in different institutions and universities. The centre is an expansion of the former research centre DARCOF, which the Danish Government in 2008 decided to give an international mandate and an international board. The main purpose of ICROFS is to initiate, coordinate and monitor high quality research of international standard in organic food and farming systems. Further, the aim of ICROFS is to stimulate international and transnational research and secure impact of the research results through support and dissemination in order to achieve optimum benefit from the allocated resources.
ICROFS is headed by a board of directors consisting of research leaders and stakeholders from Asia, Africa, America, Europe, and Denmark. The board will develop and pursue an overall strategy for enhancing international research in organic food systems. Further, to ensure the relevance of the Centre’s research and development activities in Denmark, a programme committee has been appointed with representatives from universities, farmers associations and NGOs affiliated with organic farming.
The secretariat of ICROFS supports the funding bodies and the active researchers in relation to activities such as coordination of Danish and transnational research programmes, knowledge syntheses, international collaboration through research projects, research education, communication and dissemination. These activities contribute to the research development and enhance the synergy created by the collaboration between the different research institutes.
Research facilities and infrastructure
Over time several organic research facilities have been set up to provide an opportunity for different projects to use the same research fi elds, herds, etc. This allows close cooperation between different research environments, with a high degree of interdisciplinary collaboration, synergy, and complementary research.
ICROFS participates in the EU research Framework Programmes and in ISOFAR (International Society of Organic Agriculture Research). In the EU Framework Programmes, FP5 and FP6 ICROFS has coordinated several projects. Moreover, ICROFS is actively engaged in the development of a European research vision for an Organic Food and Farming Research Agenda 2025: “Food, Fairness and Ecology”.