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The World of Organic Agriculture 2018

22 February, 2018 - 13:42
A booming organic sector: more farmers, more land and a growing market. 57.8 million hectares of organic agricultural land – the organic market grows to almost 90 billion US DollarsThe 2018 edition of the study “The World of Organic Agriculture” (data per end of 2016) published by FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International shows that the positive trend seen in the past years continues: Consumer demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 178 countries report organic farming activities. The survey is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and NürnbergMesse, the organizers of the BIOFACH fair.

The global organic market continues to growThe market research company Ecovia Intelligence estimates that the global market for organic food reached 89.7 billion US dollars in 2016 (more than 80 billion euros). The United States is the leading market with 38.9 billion euros, followed by Germany (9.5 billion euros), France (6.7 billion euros), and China (5.9 billion euros). In 2016, most of the major markets continued to show double-digit growth rates, and the French organic market grew by 22 percent. The highest per capita spending was in Switzerland (274 Euros), and Denmark had the highest organic market share (9.7 percent of the total food market).Almost three million producers worldwideIn 2016, 2.7 million organic producers were reported. India continues to be the country with the highest number of producers (835’200), followed by Uganda (210’352), and Mexico (210’000).Organic farmland increases by 15 percent to almost 58 million hectaresA total of 57.8 million hectares were organically managed at the end of 2016, representing a growth of 7.5 million hectares over 2015, the largest growth ever recorded. Australia is the country with the largest organic agricultural area (27.2 million hectares), followed by Argentina (3 million hectares), and China (2.3 million hectares).Almost haft of the global organic agricultural land is in Oceania (27.3 million hectares), followed by Europe (23 percent; 13.5 million hectares), and Latin America (12 percent; 7.1 million hectares).Ten percent or more of the farmland is organic in fifteen countriesThe countries with the largest organic share of agricultural land of their total farmland are the Liechtenstein (37.7 percent), French Polynesia (31.3 percent), and Samoa (22.4 percent). In fifteen countries, 10 percent or more of all agricultural land is organic, a new record.
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Germany: supermarket giant Aldi embraces fair trade cocoa

19 February, 2018 - 12:02
 "German discount supermarket giant Aldi is using more fair trade cocoa in its assortment. Could this steer the product into the mainstream?"
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Uganda: Fairtrade recertification of Selecta one cutting farm

16 February, 2018 - 17:19
"The Selecta one cutting farm Wagagai Ltd. in Uganda has been successfully Fairtrade recertified. This has been decided by FLO-CERT, the global certification body for Fairtrade verification services, on 15 January 2018.

This decision was based on the verification of the certification through controls and audits on site by FLO-CERT. All Fairtrade standards have been fulfilled and the recertification process has been successfully completed. This means that Wagagai Ltd. remains Fairtrade certified for flowers and plants."

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Stanford researchers reveal limited scope of corporate approaches to social and environmental issues

15 February, 2018 - 16:59
The first large-scale analysis of corporate practices for sourcing sustainable materials shows that many companies address sustainability at some level, but most deal with only one or a subset of materials within a small portion of their supply chain.
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Beyond Certification: How Can Sustainability be Achieved in the Cocoa Sector?

12 February, 2018 - 16:47
Different parties have rarely been as unified in their objective as it was the case in the joint event of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (Gisco) and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) on the opening day of ISM, the international fair for sweets and snacks in Cologne.Representatives from the chocolate and cocoa industry, grocery retail, non-governmental organizations, from the German government and producer organizations from Côte d’Ivoire came together to discuss ways to achieve more progress in addressing key challenges confronting the global cocoa sector, including farmer poverty, climate change and deforestation.Read further the press release of the World Cocoa Foundation

Kenya's flower industry threatens country's fisheries

9 February, 2018 - 16:32
"The area around Kenya's Lake Naivasha is known colloquially as the flower bed of Africa. The cut flowers industry generates five percent of Kenya's GDP – and causes extensive pollution. Fertilizers from the fields drain directly into the lake’s waters." (