The International Farm Management Association is a society of people who are involved directly or indirectly in the agricultural process and who have an interest in agricultures in other parts of the world than their own.
This includes the whole spectrum of individual and corporate producers, managers, advisors, researchers, teachers, policy-makers, suppliers, farming and marketing organizations and agribusiness companies associated with agriculture, horticulture and rural enterprise.
Currently the Association has members in over 50 countries. Within IFMA membership everyone is equal.
The IFMA is organised and co-ordinated by a Council, with members drawn from around the world, the details of which you will find on the Council Page.
The IFMA's main activities are international congresses, a journal and this website.
It is a non profit-making organisation.
The objective of the Association is to further the knowledge and understanding of farm business management and to exchange ideas and information about farm management theory and practice throughout the world.
These are organised every 2nd year in countries around the world. They are organised locally, usually last for 6 days, which together with additional pre- and post congress tours, provide not only an occasion to discuss farm management and agriculture in a global context, but also to learn a great deal about the host country's farming structure and its people. They are truly unique opportunities.
Please go to the Congresses Page for further information, including information on Future Congresses and links to their websites once they have been set up. Each Congress has its own website set up in the county in which it is being held.
To catch up on the Congresses that have been held in the past click on the “List of Congresses” button and select the congress you want information about. If you want to get an idea of what an IFMA congress involves and the sort of experiences you can expect to have at one of our congresses – take a look at the photo summaries of the 3 most recent congresses.
For papers from the last 6 Congresses (The Netherlands 2002, Australia 2003, Brazil 2005, Ireland 2007, USA 2009 and New Zealand 2011) click the Proceedings Button. Search facilities are available on all the papers.
Journal of International Farm Management
The JIFM was relaunched as an online Journal in July 2005 and is available on this website. A few copies of the old paper back Journal are available on application to the Secretary.
The Journal aims to publish papers that are relevant to practitioners, advisors, teachers, students and others interested in farm management in the widest sense.
The main objective of the Journal is to encourage practical and problem-solving contributions that highlight the common nature of management principles across geographical, cultural, social and national boundaries.
Please go to the Journal Page for more information. Search facilities are available on the papers.
IFMA Website (Re-launched April 2005)
This website is designed to provide a central focus for IFMA news, activities, contributed articles on issues and about farm management associations from around the world, on upcoming IFMA congresses, on past congresses including papers presented at them, the online Journal, and links to individual IFMA Congress websites. It also provides links to, and information on, other associated farm management organisations and their activities around the world, and to appropriate online publications.
The IFMA Constitution
The IFMA Constitution was revised in June 2009 and approved by the General Meeting in July 2009.
IFMA - Its Origins, Ethos and History
For more information on the International Farm Management Association read the article by Philip James, the Secretary of IFMA from the first congress in 1971 to 2003. Click here