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The role of a civil society organization in the development of the domestic organic market in Turkey


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Akyüz, A. Alper; Aslan, Bulut and Demir, A. Yonca (2014) The role of a civil society organization in the development of the domestic organic market in Turkey. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 4, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 1107-1110.

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In this paper, we report of a case from Turkey where a civil society organization took an active role in influencing laws, regulations and their implementations regarding organic agriculture and the marketing of organic products. Although the country’s climate and biodiversity is suitable for organic agriculture, the domestic market remained underdeveloped; the organic sector was directed mainly towards exports. By establishing the first marketplace solely for certified organic products in 2006, a non-governmental organization became the locomotive of the domestic sector. The process that leads to the 100% organic bazaar exhibits a contingent characteristic where particularly social and symbolic capital were mobilized by the NGO together with a framing of positive ‘ecological living’ discourse and therefore contributing to the 'organic' movement.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic agriculture, civil society organizations, consumers, stakeholders, domestic markets
Agrovoc keywords:
EnglishOrganic agriculturehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15911
EnglishCivil society organizationshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_9000020
EnglishDomestic marketshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_28667
Subjects: Farming Systems > Social aspects
Food systems > Markets and trade
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Deposited By: Demir, Dr A. Yonca
ID Code:24199
Deposited On:03 Nov 2014 09:07
Last Modified:03 Nov 2014 09:09
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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