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First editon of the Organic-Africa.net Newsletter – With latest updates on the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual project


The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has recently released the first Organic-Africa.net newsletter of the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual project. Over the last 2 years, the project team of agronomists and other specialists in Africa and in Switzerland has been busy...

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USDA supports research and marketing of organic agriculture


The United States' Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced on October 25, 2011, 23 new grants to research and extension programs working to help organic producers and processors grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. The grants, totalling $19 million in all, are...

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First Central American Congress on Organic Agriculture: Presentations now Online


On September 21 and 22, 2011, the first Central American Organic Congress and Fair (Primer Congreso Centroamericano de Agricultura Orgánica y a la Primera Feria Centroamericana de Productos Orgánicos e Insumos para la Agricultura Orgánica) took place in capital city of Honduras.

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17th IFOAM World Congress - A Big Success


The 17th Organic World Congress (OWC) of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), held in Gyeonggi Paldang, South Korea from September 26 to October 1, attracted close to 2000 participants from 76 countries.

The conference was hosted by the Gyeonggi Province, Namyangju...

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Helping smallholders farm sustainably


Swiss institute presents a training manual for Africa

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Germany: Study on the Foreign Supply of Organic Apples: Consequences for German Organic Apple Producers


In the Framework of the German Federal Scheme for Organic Farming and other Forms of Sustainable Agriculture (BÖLN) recently a study on apple imports to Germany was released.

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Pakistan initiates work on the preparation of national guidelines for production, processing, labelling and marketing of organically produced foods


The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) of the Government of Pakistan has initiated work for preparing the Guidelines for Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods.

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Young Organics Founded - A New Global Action Network


Young organic and fair trade activists from all over the world have founded Young Organics e.V., a new global action network. A workshop at the 64th United Nations DPI NGO Conference in Bonn, on September 4th 2011 highlights the first actions of Young Organics.


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Spain: Development of organic agricultural land; Source: MARM

Spain: Organic area continues to grow in 2010


One and a half million hectares are under organic agricultural management in Spain. The minister has announced a new action plan for organic food and farming.

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Canada: Domestic sales at 2.6 billion Canadian Dollars in 2010


The Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA, www.ota.com/otacanada.html) calculates the Canadian organic market has grown from 2 billion Canadian Dollars in 2008 to over 2.6 billion  in 2010.

Canadian companies annually export over 390 million Canadian Dollars worth of organic commodities,...

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United States: New database with trade data


The Global Agricultural Trade System of the Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) of USDA now includes monthly data from the U.S. Census Bureau on international trade in selected organic products, starting with January 2011 data. Updates are posted monthly thereafter. Data for previous years is not...

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Germany: Organic farming continues to grow


According to a recent press release of the German Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (www.BMELV.de), organic farming in Germany continued the trend shown in recent years and once again achieved solid growth rates in 2010. With an increase in the organically farmed land of 4.6...

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13th Survey on organic agriculture worldwide started


The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) have started the next survey on organic agriculture world-wide. The data collection is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and the...

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Canada’s organic rules in full force


In a recent press release the Organic Trade Assocation Canada informs about latest developments related to Canada’s Organic Products Regulations.

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Ukraine: Organic Law Vetoed


The President of Ukraine vetoed the law on Ukrainian Organic Production that had been passed by the Ukrainian Parliament on April 21, 2011.

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Czech Republic: Strong Increase of Organic Land in 2010


In the Czech Republic, in 2010 the organic agricultural land incresaed to almost 450'000 hectares. More than ten percent of the farmland is organic now, according to the latest figures of the Ministry of Agriculture.

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CORE Organic II: Eleven projects selected


The full proposals of the first call of the CORE Organic II project (www.coreorganic2.org) have been evaluated by scientific experts. Hereafter, the CORE Organic II consortium selected eleven projects for funding at a meeting 11-12 May 2011.

CORE Organic II is a European transnational research...

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Congress "Organic Farming as Opportunity for European Agriculture" in May 2011


According to a press release, published at the occassion of the 3104th Council meeting of the European Union's Agriculture and Fisheries ministers, ministers were briefed by the Hungarian representative about the congress "Organic farming as opportunity for European agriculture."

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Estonia: Organic area continues to grow


The Estonian Organic Farming Foundation has recently published a brochure on organic farming in Estonia in 2010. It is in English and Estonian and has the most important facts and figures about the organic sector in the country.

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European Union and Canada: Agreement on equivalency in organic products


The European Commission has annouced that the European Union and Canada have reached agreement on an equivalency in organic products.

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Successfully exporting organic products to Europe


To operate successfully in importing organic products to Switzerland and the European Union, it is crucial to have accurate information on market access conditions. For this reason, the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) have jointly...

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Japan: New Study on the Organic Market


According to Organic Market Info 170-page study entitled "Japanese Organic Market 2010-2011" has recently been published by corporate consultant ABC Enterprises in cooperation with IFOAM Japan.

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E. Coli – A Problem Not Specific to Sustainable Agriculture


FiBL has now published a revised version of its background information on E. coli.

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Belize Organic Alliance (BOA) Certifies First Organic Farms


In May 2011, the Belize Organic Alliance (BOA) completed the first organic certification process for two farms in the Cayo District.

Both farms went through a series of farm inspections and visits before being granted status of “transition to organic” and can now market their products
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East Africa: New regional cooperation project started


In November 2010, Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooepration Agency (www.sida.se) approved the project "Regional cooperation for organic standards and certification capacity in East Africa" (OSEA II project). The project aims at increasing income for rural communities through local,...

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EHEC – A Problem not Specific to Organic Farming


There has been much speculation about the pathogenic EHEC bacterial strain that has claimed the lives of more than thirty people so far in Germany. In the present document FiBL, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, presents a summary of scientific facts on the issue. The document addresses...

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E.coli: IFOAM EU Group welcomes EU support but asks for EU wide coordination


On the occasion of the extraordinary meeting of the Agriculture Council the IFOAM EU Group (www.ifoam-eu.org) expresses its concern that weeks after the first outbreak of a new strain of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) a definite source has still not been identified. On the other hand the...

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France: Organic area and market continue to grow in 2010


At a press conference on May 19, 2011, Agence Bio, the Frnch Agency for organic agriculture, presented the latest figures on the sector in France.

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African Stakeholders meet in Kenya to develop an African ecological organic initiative


Interest in pushing for the development of ecological based farming in Africa led some key stakeholders to organize a strategic planning meeting in Thika, Kenya, on May 2 and 3, 2011. The event was organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Participatory Ecological Land Use Management...

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Slides on Organic Agriculture Worldwide


Slides on the results from the FiBL and IFOAM survey as published in The World of Organic Agriculture 2011 (with some updates) and further graphs are now available in PDF format.

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UNCTAD-UNEP Short Film: Organic Agriculture: A Good Option for Least Developed Countries


UNCTAD and UNEP have released two excellent advocacy tools for encouraging the uptake of organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

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Organic Certification Directory 2011 Available Online


The Organic Standard (TOS, www.organicstandard.com) has published The Organic Certification Directory annually since 2003 as a special issue as part of its annual subscription. To-date, The Organic Certification Directory is the only international listing of organic certification organisations.


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Organic Cotton: Textile Exchange 2010 Farm & Fiber Report


The Organic Exchange organization, which has operated as an information platform for organic textiles for years, has been renamed the Textile Exchange.

The group headquartered in the USA maintains offices in eight countries, organizes conferences and also publishes an annual report.

The “Textile...

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China: New ITC Publication on Organic Food Products from China


Chinese imports of organic foods were about US$ 20 million in 2009, a limited amount compared with the size of the population, but the market has been growing rapidly and may become promising for least developed country exporters. This publication has been prepared to provide guidance to exporters...

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Ukraine: Parliament Approves Law on Organic Farming


The Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) has—as one of the last in Eastern Europe—approved a new law on organic farming. This is a major mile-stone for the sector and sets a legal, economic and social basis for organic farming and requirements on the production, processing, certification,...

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Nigeria: New organic research centre


The Netherlands-based Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute has been contracted to set up a new organic research and development centre in Nigeria.

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United States: Continued market growth in 2010


According to a recent press release of OTA, the Organic Trade Organisation, the organic market continued to grow in 2010 - by eight percent.

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UK: New Organic Market Report


According to the latest Soil Association Organic Market Report, Sales of organic products fell 5.9 percent to 1.73 billion British Pounds in 2010 with the rate of decline slowing significantly throughout the year.

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Development of the Swiss Organic Market 1999-2010. Source: Bio Suisse. Graph: FiBL

Switzerland: Organic market continues to grow in 2010


On March 30, 2011, the Swiss organic umbrella organisation Bio Suisse (www.biosuisse.ch) released the latest figures on the development of the organic sector in the country.

Again the number of producers and the organic area decreased slightly. The market however continued to grow, by six percent. ...

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Magazine Ecology & Farming: Relaunch


The magazine Ecology & Farming, published by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (www.ifoam.org) was re-launched  in February 2011 as a print magazine.

Thanks to Peter Brul, the new Editor-in-chief who invests time and financial resources for a re-launch, IFOAM is able to...

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New Publication: Organic Food Production - A Comprehensive Tool Box to Meet the Sustainability Challenge


Recently the European Group of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements has published the dossier "Organic food and farming – a system approach to meet the sustainability challenge". It delivers scientific data that underpin the value of policy support for organic farming as...

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Detailed data tables on organic agriculture worldwide now available at the password area of Organic-World.net


Detailed data tables of the data published in "The World of Organic Agriculture 2011" are now available as excel files.

Access to the password area is possible via the password as published in the 2011 edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture" (imprint pages).

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UK: Successful 5th Organic Producers Conference


The successful 5th Producer Conference of the Organic Research Centre Elm Farm was held on the 17th and 18th January at the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel and was attended by well over 200 delegates who participated in workshops and plenary sessions,

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TP Organics: Implementation Action Plan now Published


With its Implementation Action Plan, the Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming Research, TP Organics, completes its trilogy of key documents. In December 2010, TP Organics finalised the Implementation Action Plan.

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BioFach Session "The European Market for Organic Food 2011"


At the BioFach session "The European Market for Organic Food" experts presented the latest trends in Germany, France, UK and Central Eastern European countries. Some of the presentations are now available.

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Czech Republic: Strong Increase of Organic Agricultural Land also in 2010


In 2010, the organic agricultural land increased by 12 percent in the Czech Republic. More than ten percent of the agricultural land is organic.


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Yearbook on organic agriculture in the Czech Republic 2009

Czech Republic: Yearbook of Organic Agriculture 2009 now published


The fourth yearbook on organic agriculture in the Czech Republic has now been published by the the Ministry of Agriculture. It was compiled by Bioinstitut.


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Organic Grape Area Increases by 27 Percent in 2009


According to the latest survey on organic agriculture worldwide (data 2009), the total grape area is now at more than 190'000 hectares or 2.6 percent of the global grape area (7.4 million hectares).

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The World of Organic Agriculture: Presentations from the BioFach Session now Available


At the BioFach Congress 2011 the latest figures on organic agriculture world-wide, on the global market and on the current status of certification and legislations were presented.

The PDFs of the presentations are now available online.

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The World of Organic Agriculture 2011


Organic agriculture is practised in 160 countries and 37.2 million hectares of agricultural land are managed organically by 1.8 million farmers. The global sales of organic food and drink reached 54.9 billion US dollars in 2009.

These and many more figures are presented in the 2011 edition of "The...

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Romania: Organic sector growing


ACTMedia News Agency, Feburary 20, 2012

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Global Organic Area: Continued Growth


Thirty-seven million hectares of agricultural land worldwide are farmed organically. The countries with the largest area of organic agricultural land are Australia, Argentina and the USA. Organic land area increased by two million hectares, or six percent, worldwide.

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February 15, 2011: IFOAM Summit in Nuremberg, Germany


In preparation for the IFOAM General Assembly (GA) to be held from October 3-5, 2011 in Namyangju City, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea, IFOAM will host an IFOAM Member meeting the day before the opening of BioFach 2011.

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New Publication from Organic Monitor: The European Market for Organic Food and Drink


Recently the second edition of Organic Monitors 'European Market for Organic Food and Drink' was published.

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African Union Adopts Decision on Organic Farming


The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), at its Eighteenth Ordinary Session in January 2011, adopted a decision on organic farming.

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New FiBL Activitiy Report


In three languages, the new activity report is a fascinating look at the most important projects of FiBL Switzerland, Austria and Germany.

This comprehensive overview of the latest activities in organic research is available online or can be mailed free of charge.

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Chile: New Gain Report


A new report of the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) of the United States Department of Agriculture (gain.fas.usda.gov) informs extensively about the current status of the organic market in Chile.

While there are no official market estimates, the AAOCH (Chilean Organic Agriculture...

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First meeting of Asian working group of the GOMA project held in Mumbai


Nineteen participants from the public and private sectors in 15 Asian countries/regions, as well as six supranational observers gathered at the Asian Working Group meeting of the Global Market Access project (GOMA) in Mumbai, India on 9-10 December 2010.


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Peru: Latest Statistics


FiBL recently received the latest data about organic agriculture in Peru. These data were provided by the competent authority for organic agriculture SENASA.

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Call for Papers: First International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research


The First International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research takes place May 18-20, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. Papers can be submitted by January 23, 2011.


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Global Organic Sales Approaching 60 Billion US Dollars


Organic Monitor has recently released the 3rd edition of the Global Organic Food & Drink market report.

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