The Partnership for Development Assistance in the Philippines Inc (formerly known as Philippine Development Assistance Programme, Inc.), started as a consortium of Filipino and Canadian non-government organizations (NGOs). It was founded in 1986 as a non-stock, non-profit organization, to become an effective instrument in reducing poverty and inequity in the Philippines. PDAP prides itself in having 6 member networks with more than 300 community-based members and partner NGOs. PDAP has distinguished itself in promoting and developing rural enterprises for poverty reduction and as a tool in promoting peace in conflict-affected areas.
- A membership-based, local organic certification and inspection body formally organized in June 2001
- Composed of 35 individual and group members, mostly NGOs
- Services: organic farm certification for vegetables, fruits, cereals, mushroom, herbal including crops collected from wild; organic livestock certification (poultry, pork, beef, bee products); organic processing certification (processed food, inputs); small holder groups' certification; trainings and semniars on organic agriculture, standards and certification; technical assistance for export companies towards international organic certification
- Capability for organic inspection and certification developed through: training with FiBL(Switzerland) and bio.inspecta in cooperation with Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions; practical organic inspection training for inspectors
- Certification per producer/processor approximately costs Php40,000 exclusive of operational costs
- In 2003, certified five organic producers/processors: muscovado sugar, sugar palm vinegar, organic chicken, dried banaba leaves, banana chips and coconut products, lemon grass syrup; organic certification in process for coconut brandy, virgin coconut oil and personal care products, food products
- Areas of development: capability of inspectors and certifiers; market promotion; accreditation with international certifying bodies; internal systems
Philippine National Organic Agriculture Board
The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is a grassroots and democratic organization that currently unites 750 member organizations in 108 countries.
In order to achieve its mission and address the complexity of the various components of the organic agricultural movement worldwide, IFOAM has established official committees and groups with very specific purposes, from the development of standards to the faciliation of organic agriculture in developing countries.
The IFOAM General Assembly serves at the foundation of IFOAM. It elects the World Board for a three year term. The World Board appoints members to official committees, working groups and task forces based upon the recommendation of the IFOAM membership, and IFOAM member organizations also establish regional groups and sector specific interest groups.
The IFOAM World Board has established the following official structures:
- The Norms Management Committee, which includes members of the Standards Committee and the Accreditation Criteria Committee
- The Development Forum, which works towards the development of organic agriculture in developing countries
- The Program Strategy Committee of the "IFOAM Growing Organic" Program
- The Africa Organic Service Center and the FAO Liaison Office
- Various Working Groups and temporary Task Forces
- IFOAM Regional Groups
- The Government Relations Committee, which works with governments worldwide to advance the interests of IFOAM
IFOAM member organizations have also established professional bodiessuch as the IFOAM Organic Trade Forum, the Organic Retailers Association, the IFOAM Aquaculture Group and the IFOAM Forum of Consultants and initiatives like the Farmers' Group.