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The World of Organic Agriculture 2010: Clarifications and Corrigenda

On this page corrigenda and general clarifications regarding The World of Organic Agriculture, edition 2010, are presented. For data revisions see separate section under 'Statistics.'

General clarifications

a) Clarification regarding the definition of countries

During the session The World of Organic Agriculture 2010 at the BioFach Congress there two questions regarding the Falkland Islands and the French overseas departments.

In this context it should be noted that for the names of countries and areas, FiBL and IFOAM used the the Standard Country and Area Codes Classifications as defined by the United Nations Statistics division.*

In this list, the French overseas departments, which we did not want to include under Europe for the global organic farming statistics, are listed as separate entities in Latin America and Africa, which does however not mean that they are sovereign states.

At the homepage of FAOSTAT, the Statistics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO, the countries and areas are referred to as 'individual countries.' (see for instance the crop statistics at the FAOSTAT homepage ).

The Statistics Division of the United Nations notes on its homepage , that the designations employed and the presentation of country or area names in the list of the United Nations Statistics Divsion do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


* With the exception of Turkey all countries are allocated to the same geographical region as in the UN classification.

b) Conversion status

If not otherwise stated, the term organic refers both to the fully converted land and the land under conversion.

c) Data year in graphs

Graphs on the current status on organic farming (countries with the most organic land, highest percentages etc.): Not all graphs include the data year. This is available in the tables in the annex of the book.


Page 19

The last sentence on page 19 should read:

The cropped area (arable land and permanent crops) constitutes 8.2 million hectares, (up 10.4 percent from 2007), which represents a quarter of the organic agricultural land.

Page 22

The third sentence in the passage on Latin America should read: 

The highest shares of organic agricultural land are in the Falkland Islands, French
Guiana, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay.


Page 30, Table 2

The number of producers for North America is 14'062, for Oceania 7'749.

Page 37, Table 5, Data on North America

The land use details refer to the US only and should read: 

  • Arable land (2005): 523'549 hectares;
  • Cropland, no details (2008): 479'143 hectares;
  • Permanent crops (2005): 49'490 hectares.

Updated figures are expected to be ready from USDA by spring 2010.

Page 41, first paragraph

Th first paragraph should read as follows:

The collection of wild harvested crops is defined in the IFOAM Basic Standards (IFOAM 2006), and wild collection activities are regulated in organic laws. A collection area (including bee keeping) of 31.1 million hectares was reported for 2008. The organic wild collection areas are concentrated in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America; the distribution is thus quite different than that of agricultural land. There are some wild collection crops in Canada. For the United States, no such areas were reported.

Page 116

Data Tunisia: There are 1792 farms in Tunisia, the total number of farms for Africa is 471'377.

Page 143

The first sentence in the section on France should read: 

In France, the organic market grew tremendously in 2008 - by 25 percent to 2.591 billion Euros

pp, 215, Tables 47-50

By mistake, in the four overwiew tables in the annex Malawi was omitted. The figures for Malawi should read: 819 hectares, 0.02 percent of the agricultural land, 9000 producers. The global total are: 35'006'557 hectares, 0.81 percent of the agricultural land of the countries included in the survey; 1'378'372 producers. 

Page 232

Section on Italy, regarding export data. 

The export data used for the table on the European market are published at SINAB.it, Rassegna Stampa, September 11, 2009. Original Source: “La Repubblica”, 10 settembre 2009, p. 44.


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