IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) is an umbrella organisation founded in 1972 with 750 sub-organisations or members in over one hundred countries in almost all continents. It unites and represents the worldwide organisations of organic agriculture. One of its main tasks as an umbrella organisation is the international coordination of all interest groups. The mission is to lead and promote the organic movement in its full diversity and the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems based on the basic rules of organic agriculture. The objectives are to provide information about organic agriculture and promote its spread worldwide, to develop a common platform for all the associations or interest groups represented, and to exchange knowledge and experience between members.