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Global organic market expands 2.9%

Global organic market expands 2.9%
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A study published by FiBL and IFOAM titled The World of Organic Agriculture found that between 2017 and 2018, the world’s production of organic agriculture grew by 2.9%, with double-digit growth recorded in some markets. Global organic agricultural farmland increased by two million hectares in 2018 and organic sales are estimated to have surpassed the US$100 billion for the first time, according to market research company, Ecovia Intelligence.

The largest organic market is the US (€40.6bn), followed by Germany (€10.9bn) and France (€9.1bn), with the French market growing by over 15% in 2018. The highest per capita consumption of organics is in Denmark and Switzerland, with an average outlay per person of €312. Denmark has the highest penetration of organics in the shopping basket (11.5% of total food sales).

The world had a reported 2.8 million organic producers in 2018. India alone has over a million, followed by Uganda (210,000) and Ethiopia (204,000). Australia has by far the largest organic planted area (35.7 million ha), followed by Argentina (3.4 million ha). As yet, 1.5% of global farmland is organic, but its share is increasing. Liechenstein has the highest proportion of organic agricultural land (38.5%), followed by Samoa (34.5%) and Austria (24.7%).

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Workshop at BIOFACH2020: “Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships”

Workshop at BIOFACH2020: “Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships”

FIBL & EUROFRESH DISTRIBUTION are happy to invite you at BIOFACH2020 workshop: “Boosting the organic sector by integrating breeding into value chain partnerships”.

Date: 13.02.2020

Time: 11:00 – 11:45

Location: Room Prag, NCC Ost Mitte of Nuremberg

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It is organized by FiBL Europe within the launch in 2020 of the initiative “ENGAGEMENT.BIOBREEDING – Engagement of the organic value-chain to support Organic Breeding in Europe”.


This workshop will give the occasion to discuss potential models that allow a secure and stable funding for organic animal and plant breeding in Europe. Panel speakers are Pierre Escodo (editor of EUROFRESH DISTRIBUTION magazine), Bavo van den Idsert advisor at OPTA (Organic Processing and Trade Association Europe), Mathilde Tournebize program officer at the Organic Cotton Accelerator, Fabio Brescacin president of EconaturaSi, Mariateresa Lazzaro FIBL Plant Breeding program coordinator.


With this initiative, FIBL aims at integrating organic breeding into value-chain partnerships and sharing responsibility among breeders, farmers, processers, retailers, traders and consumers for upscaling organic breeding and ensuring future food security and quality.

FiBL Europe will offer a platform for promoting value-chain partnerships supporting organic animal and plant breeding in Europe for ensuring the integrity of organic products and strengthening consumer confidence.


Please register to our workshop at

For any further information you can also send an e-mail to

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BIOFRUITNET project is launched

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At a meeting in Hamburg on 16 and 17 December 2019, the BIOFRUITNET project was officially launched. Focusing on organic pome, stone and citrus fruits, this project aims to strengthen the competitiveness of European organic fruit production by:  

  • Collecting and synthesizing existing practical and scientific knowledge on organic fruit growing to distribute it widely among the EU countries through easy formats like e-learning, podcasts, videos and short articles.

  • Strengthening the established networks in organic fruit growing and establish links between them to create strong networks of organic fruit producers and stakeholders with a good flow of information.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 862850. It is coordinated by the international farmers association Naturland and carried out in collaboration with 15 partner organisations representing 12 countries in total. They will work together during 3 years to provide information to the farmers in a practical way to tackle the challenges of pests and diseases in fruit crops. FiBL is one of the project partners.

Source: FiBL