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Data tables from the FiBL-IFOAM survey on organic agriculture worldwide

The data tables will be updated to during March 2014 include the latest data from the FiBL-IFOAM survey on organic agriculture worldwide (data 2012).

At these pages the key data from the FiBL-IFOAM survey on organic agriculture world-wide are presented. The data shown here might differ from those in the various editions of "The World of Organic Agriculture" as data revisions are included.

Please check also the slides related to the latest edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture".

The World of Organic Agriculture 2013 - Slides

Organic Agriculture Worldwide: Key results from the FiBL-IFOAM survey on organic agriculture worldwide 2013. Slide collection (PDFs at OrganicEprints)

General note on the data

  • Countries: For countries and areas, FiBL and IFOAM use the Standard Country and Area Codes Classifications as defined by the United Nations Statistics division. Where the designation "country" appears, it covers countries or territories.
  • Data sources: Data were gathered from organizations of the private sector, governments, and certification bodies. For detailed information on the data sources please see detailed documents.
  • Direct year-to-year comparison: A direct year-to-year comparison is not always possible for many data, as the data sources may change or data access becomes better. Furthermore for market and trade values fluctuating exchange rates must be born in mind.
  • Completeness of data: For some countries either no current data were available or the data provided may not be complete and for some countries no data were available. It may therefore be assumed that the extent of organic agriculture is larger than documented on this website.
  • Organic areas: Data represent certified land/areas that are already fully converted as well as land under conversion, since many data sources do not separate or include the latter (forinstance Australia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland), and since land under conversion is underorganic management.Crop data: For some crops the area values provided may refer to main crops grown.
    Furthermore,in some cases the areas may refer to agroforestry areas, where the provided crop surfaces are the total surface of the agroforestry system, including shade trees and other crops. Such cases are difficult to compare with those that provide only the effective crop area. This may also explain why sometime the shares of certain organic crops of all crops in a country are particularly high.
  • Conversion status: Not for all countries information on the conversion status is available (e.g. Germany). Some countries only provide data on the fully converted land (e.g. U.S.). For some countries data are collated from several certifiers, some of which provided information on the conversion status whereas others do not (e..g Ethiopia). Therefore: Neither at a country/reional level, nor at a crop level, the sum given for land under conversion and the fully converted land necessarily adds up to the total land under organic management
  • Share of total agricultural land: In some cases, the calculation of the shares of organically managed land, based on the Eurostat and FAOSTAT data, might differ from the organic shares obtained from ministries or local experts.
  • Producers: Some countries report the number of smallholders, and others only the number of companies, projects or grower groups, which may each comprise a number of producers.
  • Data revisions: Data revisions and corrections are carried out on a constant base.