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New Report: Best Practices for Organic Policy


The report "Best Practices for Organic Policy. What developing country Governments can do to promote the organic agriculture sector" was prepared under the project "Promoting Production and Trading Opportunities for Organic Agricultural Products in East Africa", project of the UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity...

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Second Round Table of the Eastern European countries;Organic agriculture and legal framework


The Second Round Table of the Eastern European countries ‘Organic Agriculture and Legal Framework’ was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine on November 5 and 6, 2008. Participants of the public and private sector from eleven countries discussed the opportunities of organic agriculture.

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Denmark: New Report about the Organic Sector


In May 2007, the Danish Ministry of Food asked the Intermational Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems ICROFS to carry out a "knowledge synthesis", a fact finding work that should clarify the opportunities and barriers for development and a market based growth in the Danish production,...

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Italian Network for Research in Organic Farming RIRAB established


Recently the Italian Network for Research in Organic Farming was founded as a platform for researchers and stakeholders. Several thematic working groups cover topics like biodiversity, energy, plant protection, quality, agricultural techniques and organic animal production.

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Technology Platform TP ‘Organics’ launched


On December 2, 2008, the Technology Platform TP Organics was launched. TP Organics is a platform for organic food and farming research which joins the efforts of industry and civil society in defining organic research priorities and defending them vis-à-vis the policy-makers.

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European Market: Specialised Organic Retail report 2008


An international team of organic market specialists profiles the booming organic markets in 27 countries. The new report shows the underlying forces, the protagonists and perspectives of this growth. The ambitious project of Ecozept, bioVista and ORA compiles country-specific data about the organic...

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Australia: Survey Shows that 61 percent of Consumers buy Organic Products


A survey conducted by Newspoll has revealed that 61 percennt Australian grocery buyers buy some organic products. The Newspoll was commissioned by the Organic Federation of Australia, the peak body for the organic sector and was conducted nationally among 966 main grocery buyers.

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European Action Plans on Organic Food and Farming


The partners of the European project ORGAP (Development of criteria and procedures for the evaluation of the EU Action Plan for Organic Agriculture) have recently compiled a list with the quantitative targets of action plans in the European Union.

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International task force launches two tools to facilitate trade in organic products


The International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalency in Organic Agriculture ITF concluded its work on October 7, 2008, with the launch of two practical tools intended to ease trade in organic agricultural products: the International Requirements for Organic Certification Bodies IROCB and...

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Italy: Current sector overview from Global Agriculture Information Network GAIN Of USDA


In August 2008 a report on organic agriculture in italy was published by the Global Agriculture Information Network GAIN of the United States Department of Agriculture USDA:

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Israel: The Israeli organic regulation comes into force


On September 1, 2008, the Israeli law for the regulation of organic produce came into force. The law and regulations were elaborated in a cooperation between the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, the Israeli Bio Organic Agricultural Association (I. B.O.A.A), growers and other...

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European research project CERTCOST started


On September 1, 2008, the European research project CERTCOST - Economic analysis of certification systems for organic food and farming - started.

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UNCTAD-UNEP: Study on organic agriculture and food security in Africa launched


Organic agriculture can be good for food security in Africa, says a study launched in Geneva on September 28, 2008, by a joint UNCTAD-UNEP task force.

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European Union: New implementing rules on organic production published


The implementing rules for the new regulation on organic production were published in the Official Journal L 250 of September 18, 2008.

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European Commission launches new promotional campaign for organic food and farming


The European Commission launched the European Union's new Organic Farming Campaign on July 26, 2008, at the Foire de Libramont agricultural fair in Belgium.

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High interest in organic farming among European pupils and students


The Organic.Edunet questionnaire on educational needs in the area of organic farming and agro-ecology has been online since the beginning of March 2008.

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Otto Schmid, Christopher Stopes, Nicolas Lampkin, Victor Gonzálvez: Organic Action Plans. Development, implementation and evaluation
A resource manual for the organic food and farming sector (including the ORGAPET toolbox on CD). FiBL, Frick, Switzerland

European Action Plan: Guidelines for successful organic action plan development and evaluation welcomed in Brussels


The European research project Evaluation of the European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming ORGAP has now published the 'Organic Action Plan Evaluation Toolbox' ORGAPET as well as a manual.

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ISOFAR: Proceedings of the second ISOFAR Conference now available


From 18 to 20 June 2008 the second conference of the International Society of Agriculture Research ISOFAR was held in Modena, Italy, in conjunction with the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress. The proceedings, which are now available in the FiBL shop (PDF and hardcopy) contain 380 papers related to...

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Mediterranean countries: New publication on organic farming policy


At the occasion of the 16th Organic World Congress of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, the Mediterranean Organic Agriculture Network MOAN presented the publication "Organic Farming Policy in South-East Mediterranean and Western Balkans. Approaches and Measures in...

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16th IFOAM Organic World Congress sucessfully concluded


From June 16 to 20, 2008, the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress, including pre-conferences, took place in Modena, Italy. The Congress had more than 1'700 participants.

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ICROFS replaces and expands the scope of DARCOF


ICROFS, the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems was established by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries on June 1st 2008. It is a centre without walls - the research is performed in interdisciplinary collaboration between research groups in different...

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European research documents high quality and safety of organic food


Scientists from EU’s largest organic research project, QLIF, are ready to present their results on how to improve quality, ensure safety and reduce costs of food from organic and low-input food supply chains.

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Switzerland: Internet platform for organic farmers now online in German and French


www.bioaktuell.ch, the recently launched platform with technical information for Swiss organic farmers, is now also available in French.

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Ireland: Organic Action Plan


On April 30, 2008, an organic action plan was launched in Ireland. Speaking at the launch Minister Sargent said that he was committed to achieving the very necessary development of the organic sector in Ireland.

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Austria: New Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming


The organically managed area continues to grow in Austria but the current demand for organic products cannot be met. Therefore a new action plan for organic food and farming 2008-2010 was recently launched. Austria aims to remain the EU's number one country in terms of share of the organic area (16...

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Ukraine: International Conference on the organic sector development in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian countries’ successfully concluded


From April 10 to 12, 2008, 228 participants from 25 countries came together for the ‘International Conference on the organic sector development in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian countries’ to discuss concepts, opportunities and strategies for developing organic food and farming systems...

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Czech Republic: Yearbook 2007 on organic farming shows continued growth


The 2007 yearbook on organic farming in the Czech Republic has now been published by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic in cooperation with Bioinstitut. The yearbook is available in English and in Czech.

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