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Corrigenda & clarifications

Corrigenda edition 2009

  • Page 33 and 34 (printed version)
    Regarding the data on the organic producers and operators. The passage should read as follows:
    'Some countries provide the number of producers per crop, and there may be overlaps for those growers who grow several crops. The global number of organic producers should consequently be treated with caution.
    FiBL and IFOAM also collected data on further operator types like processors, importers and traders, smallholder groups. At a global level, these data are still incomplete and are, therefore, not published at present. FiBL and IFOAM will continue to work on this issue. '
  • Page 36
    a) subchapter 'permanent crops': The table referred to should read 'Table 5'.
    b) Second last sentence should read: The most important crops are coffee (with 0.6 million hectares constituting more than a quarter of the organic permanent cropland and 5.3 percent of the world’s harvested coffee area), followed by olives (0.4 million hectares: 5.3 percent of the world’s harvested olive area), cocoa (0.15 million hectares: two percent of the harvested cocoa bean area), temperate nuts (0.13 million hectares) and grapes (0.12 million hectares).
  • Pages 46 and 47
    For the cocoa and the coffee area it should be noted that for some countries the area for cocoa/coffee associated with other crops is included.
  • Page 48
    The in-conversion area for grapes is at least 23'177 hectares (not for all countries details on the conversion status were available).
  • Page 50
    The wheat area for Germany should read 61'5000 hectares. The total wheat area is 702'251 hectares.
  • Page 136
    Russia as well as countries like Kazaksthan etc. should have the colour grey as they have organic farming activities. Corrected map.
  • Page 147 (printed and PDF)
    Dark grey and black are not discernable, furthermore there was an error in the legend. Corrected map.
  • Page 156, Figure 31: The market share for organic products in Sweden is 3 percent (this is the figure given in the table on page 162)
  • Page 162: The figure for catering in Austria should read: 40 million Euros. Corrected data 2007 and 2008 data
  • Pages 173 and 278
    For Turkey the fully converted area and the area under conversion given in the table  includes the wild collection areas.
    The correct figure for the fully converted cultivated area is: 85'483 hectares.
    The correct figure for the cultivated area in-conversion is: 38'780 hectares.
  • Page 275-279, Table 57
    Due to a database error, in some cases a '0' is mentioned in a column instead of a '-'. This means that in all cases the '0' should read as 'no data'.


In the hardcover version of the 2009 edition of 'The World of Organic Agriculture' in the tables and partly in the graphs it is stated that the data are from 2007 (page 141, page 144, page 276).

This is not correct. 2007 should read as 2007/2008.

Development of organic farming in India 2003-2007/08

2004/05 2005/062006/07 2007/08
Total organic land114'037185'937432'2591'030'311
Fully converted land114037125'708339'113455'568
Land under conversion60'22693'146595'413

Source: APEDA 2008

Explanation on data on fully converted land and land in conversion

For the first time, data provided on the conversion status were processed for 'The World of Organic Agriculture.' The local experts were asked to provide total certified organically managed land, certified land in conversion, certified fully converted land.

We have documented the results of the survey on the conversion status a) in the crop tables (Tables 8-15) and b) the tables on organic farming by geographical region (Tables 26, 27, 33, 38, 46, 51, 56, 57).

It should be noted that:

a) Not for all countries information on the conversion status was available.

b) Some countries only provided data on the fully converted land.

c) For some countries data were collated from several certifiers, some of which provided information on the conversion status whereas others did not.

Therefore: Neither at a country level, nor at a crop level and most of all not at the level of the gepographical regions, the sum given for  land under conversion and the fully converted land necessarily add up to the total land under organic management (=conversion land, fully converted land including land for which no such details were available).

Any questions related to this issue should be directed to Helga Willer of FiBL.

Data revisions

For revisions of the data per 31.12.2007 please see separate page.

The World of Organic Agriculture 2009