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Organic Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean 2011 (data 2009)

In Latin America, more than 280’000 producers managed 8.6 million hectares of agricultural land organically in 2009.

This constitutes 23 percent of the world’s organic land and 1.4 percent of the regions agricultural land. The leading countries are Argentina (4.4 million hectares), Brazil (1.8 million hectares), and Uruguay (930'965 hectares). The highest shares of organic agricultural land are in the Falkland Islands/Malvinas (35.7 percent), the Dominican Republic (8.3 percent), and Uruguay (6.3 percent).

Most organic products from Latin American countries are sold on the European, North American or Japanese markets. Popular goods are especially those that cannot be produced in these regions, as well as off-season products. Thus, the development of robust local markets is still a major challenge, without which the sustainability of organic production cannot be achieved. Important crops are tropical fruits, grains and cereals, coffee, cocoa, sugar, and meats. Most organic food sales in the domestic markets of the countries occur in major cities. Eighteen countries have legislation on organic farming, and five additional countries are currently developing organic regulations. Costa Rica and Argentina have both attained Third Country status according to the EU regulation on organic farming.

The types of support in Latin American countries range from organic agriculture promotion programs to market access support by export agencies.

October 13–17, 2011: Sixth Latinamerican Organic Meeting and Fair in Colombia

Sixth Latinamerican Organic Meeting and Fair in Colombia
October 13–17, 2011
Cali, Colombia
Info at Organic-World.net