Who we are?

The Italian Network for Organic Food and Farming Research

The Italian Network for Organic Food and Farming Research (RIRAB) is a scientific society whose main goal is to promote research and innovation in the Italian organic food and farming sector, which in our Country is gaining ever greater importance from environmental, social and economic point of view.

The network links researchers and experts from different Italian Universities and major National Research Bodies (i.e. CNR, CREA, ENEA), operating in the organic agri-food sector and which identify, in their multidisciplinarity and the sharing of experiences and results, fundamental methodological approaches for increasing knowledge in the organic food and farming research sector.

RIRAB actively participates in the different developing stages of the European Platform “TP Organics” and it is present in the Stakeholder Forum. Consistent with TP Organics, the RIRAB Board promoted the construction of the Italian Platform for developing, with all stakeholders, a common vision on the research needs and technological innovations devoted to organic food and farming, in the medium and long term in Italy.

RIRAB is open to anyone interested in sharing the stated goals and taking an active part in the society activities, contribution to the implementation of work programs, developed in accordance to the following priorities:

  • contribute to the research strategies matured within the scientific community on organic food and farming, by implementing the interaction with other relevant actors of the Italian organic agri-food sector;
  • strengthen or establish permanent relationship with other Societies and Networks, representing the international and national scientific communities involved in the organic sector (e.g., PT Organics, PT Bio, GRAB-IT, ISOFAR);
  • promote actions to take curricular and training courses for young researchers and establish new scientific units/departments with explicit mission on research and innovation development in organic farming in the Italian Universities and Public research bodies;
  • make the RIRAB’s role more recognizable as representative of the national scientific community for organic farming in the national and local institutions.