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Meeting of the FAO Committee on Agriculture: Successful side-event on organic agriculture

 

At the 21st meeting of the FAO Committee on Agriculture, held April 22-25, 2009 in Rome, a successful side event on "Organic Agriculture, Climate Change and the Environment" took place.

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IFOAM EU Group elects new President and Executive Board

 

The European Union Group of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM, the IFOAM EU Group, has elected a new President and Deputy President and has formed an Executive Board.

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Uganda: Organic exports reach more than 22 million US Dollars

 

Uganda earned over 22 million US Dollars in 2008 from organic products exports. The country has over 206'803 organic farmers, and there are 38 exporters.

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Brazil introduces organic label

 

Over three thousand participants have chosen a Brazilian organic logo. Three designs were presented on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Supply.

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African Organic Conference in Kampala: Programme now online

 

From May 19- 22, 2009, the African Organic Conference, titled 'Fast tracking sustainable development in Africa through harnessing Organic Agriculture and Bio-technology' will take place in Kampala, Uganda. The conference programme is now online.

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Report on the Fourth Senegalese National and Annual Fair of Organic and Natural Products

 

From April 8-12, 2009, the National Federation for Organic Agriculture of Senegal FENAB organized, in collaboration with the FAO, the Fourth Senegalese National and Annual Fair of Organic and Natural Products in Thies.

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US: More funding for organic farming

 

On May 5, 2009, US Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced 50 million US Dollars for a new initiative to meet the Obama Administration's promise to encourage more organic agriculture production.

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US: Organic sales grow by 17.1 percent in 2008

 

Sales of organic products in the USA, both food and non-food, reached 24.6 billion US Dollars by the end of 2008, growing an impressive 17.1 % over 2007 sales despite tough economic times, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

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Development of organic land and farms in Spain 1991-2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick
Land use in organic agriculture in Spain 2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick
Spian: The five regions with the most organic land in Spain 2008. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Madrid, 2009. Graph: FiBL, Frick

Spain: Organic land increases by 33 percent in 2008

 

For Spain a major growth of organic land is reported for 2008. According to the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture there are more than 1.3 million hectares of organic land.

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European Union: Competition to create a new EU organic logo

 

The European Union (EU) is looking for a new logo for organic products. Young artists or designers can enter the logo competition and send their creations until June 25, 2009. The competition is organised by the European Commission.

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Aquaculture: Study 'Organic Aquaculture 2009 – Production and Markets' published

 

The recently published study 'Organic Aquaculture 2009 – Production and Markets' looks back at the development of organic aquaculture production and identifies and describes important issues with regard to standards and laws. The study was published by Naturland and Organic Services.

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