About us

Welcome to ICCOA

We started as a knowledge and resource centre for the organic sector in 2004, when the organic farming movement had just begun in India. Our growth through the years has been concurrent with the organic sector in India. With over 18 years of experience and expertise working with all the players in the organic sector – from farmers, traders, research and academic institutions to governments and policy makers, we can proudly claim to be leaders in the organic sector.

We have a presence across 24 states of India, helped nearly 2 lakh farmers to convert 1.30 lakh hectares into organic farming and facilitated formation of 190 FPOs (Farmer Producer Organisation) with nearly 96,000 farmers

The Organic Chronicles

A decade of ICCOA

The Organic Chronicles

Beyond the decade

Vision

ICCOA envisions becoming a knowledge and learning centre for all facets of organic agriculture while working as an interface organisation for the organic movement

Mission

ICCOA’s mission is to be a truly representative organisation for the organic movement in India. We will help build the competence of individuals and organisations in organic agriculture, thereby contributing to building ecologically, economically and socially sustainable agriculture systems and businesses

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Our Milestones
18+ Years’ Experience

2004
• Registered as a society in Bangalore
• 1st National conference on organic agriculture
2004
2005
• 1st India Organic Trade Fair
• India Organic Service Centre (IOSC) of IFOAM
• Published "The Indian Organic pathway"
• First edition of "Directory of Indian organic stakeholders"
2005
2006
• Started quarterly newsletter "Organic Update"
• Published "Indian Organic business today: global and local"
• Published "The Market for Organic Foods in India"
• 2nd edition of Directory of Indian Organic stakeholders
2006
2007
• Executive Director invited to Sri Lanka to advise on policy and markets
• Invited to study meeting on Asian countries by APO (Asian Productivity Council), Tokyo
• 3rd India Organic Trade Fair in Delhi
2007
2008
• 1st organic conversion project in Nagaland
• Training on organic agriculture in all north-eastern states
• 4th India Organic trade fair in Delhi
2008
2009
• 1st BioFach India together with India Organic (BIIO)
• Organic conversion projects in Karnataka, Haryana
• 3rd edition of Directory in print and CD
• Training on organic farming for a delegation from Thailand
2009
2010
• Study on organic market linkages for Tibetan cooperatives
• 2nd BIIO in Mumbai
• Compilation of "Organic Package of Practices for Horticultural crops"
• Market links - Devanahalli vegetables to retail chains in Bangalore, Nagaland pineapples to Dilli Haat
• Conversion projects in Kerala, Himachal Pradesh
2010
2011
• International seminar on organic agriculture & agribusiness
• Third BIIO comes to Bangalore with Government of Karnataka as host and co-organiser.
• Conversion projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Kerala, Jammu & Kashmir
2011
2012
• Executive Director on the Board of IFOAM-Asia (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements)
• Fourth BIIO in Bangalore - Government of Karnataka is co-organiser
• First Certificate programme in Organic Agriculture - 17 graduates
• Fourth edition of Directory of organic stakeholders
2012
2013
• 1st biovillage project in Nagaland
• 5th BIIO in Bangalore with Government of Karnataka
• Conversion projects in Assam, Tamil Nadu
2013
2014
• National conference on sustainability, organic villages and markets
• 6th BIIO moves to Kochi with Government of Kerala is host and co-organiser
• National workshop on sustainable and organic agripreneurship
• Proposal to start a Diploma course in organic agriculture in Ghana, in collaboration with the university.
2014
2015
• Foundation laid for Centre for Sustainable and Organic Farming (CSOF) / Jaivik Vigyan Kendra
• Bengaluru Organic Mart Savayava Raitara Santhe – first retail fair was organised in a mall
• 7th edition of BIIO held in Kochi
2015
2016
• Expanded organic conversion projects to Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Assam, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh
• 8th edition of BIIO in New Delhi
2016
2017
• 1st Organics and Millets National Trade Fair organised by Govt. of Karnataka with ICCOA as its knowledge partner\
• Organic cum Nursery Mela in Vijayawada with Government of Andhra Pradesh
• Enters the FPO (Farmer Producer Organisation) in Karnataka
• Market study for North Eastern Region of export potential of organic produce
• Expanded organic adoption and certification projects to Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand
• BIIO hosted along with Organic World Congress by IFOAM in Delhi
2017
2018
• 1st Jaivik India Awards held in Bengaluru to recognise and reward individuals and organisations in the organic sector
• 2nd Organics and Millets International Trade Fair held in January goes international
• UDYANA – Horticulture expo in collaboration with Government of Andhra Pradesh
• Organic conversion projects further expanded to Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi
• BIIO held at Delhi with APEDA as new co-organiser
2018
2019
• Selected as Regional Council in Chhattisgarh for PGS certification
• 3rd Organics and Millets International Trade Fair held in January in Bengaluru
• Second Jaivik India Awards Ceremony held in Delhi
• Organic conversion projects in Goa, Maharashtra, and Uttarakhand
• Empanelled as Service Provider in different states under National Rural Livelihood Mission
2019
2020
• Inauguration of Jaivik Vigyan Kendra (JVK) training centre
• Braving challenges during the Covid- 19 pandemic, we succeeded in establishing market linkages
• Organic conversion of 50,000 hectares along River Ganga under Namami Gange scheme
2020
2021
• Large project in Assam to form 42 FPOs
• Expanded into Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura
2021