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The challenge of collecting and publishing data on organic agriculture worldwide

Willer, Helga; Lernoud, Julia and Zanoli, Raffaele (2016) The challenge of collecting and publishing data on organic agriculture worldwide. Paper at: The International Conference on Agricultural Statistic VII, Rome, Italy, 26-28 October 2016. [Completed]

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Globally, organic farming continues to grow and, in many countries, has reached wide acceptance amongst farmers, consumers, market actors, policymakers, and the public. According to the latest available data (per 31.12.2014), 43.7 million hectares are under organic agricultural management, and this constitutes almost one percent of the global agricultural land; the global market is estimated to be 80 billion USD (Willer & Lernoud 2016). These data, which are mostly based on national data sources, are annually compiled by FiBL, which has been collecting and publishing data on organic agriculture worldwide since 2000. They are widely used and quoted by governments drawing up action plans for organic agriculture; researchers; market actors; market research companies, and the media.
However, with the collection of these data, there are challenges, including data gaps and incomplete data, issues related to definitions, classifications, data quality, and data access. Based on the work of the European research project OrganicDataNetwork, suggestions for the improvement of organic data at national level and in Europe have been made (Zanoli 2014). This paper highlights latest data and trends, illustrates current challenges and good examples, and makes recommendations related to data collection on organic agriculture based on the European experience.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Organic agriculture, statistics, global organic farming
Agrovoc keywords:
statistical data
Organic agriculture
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Surveys and statistics
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > World
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Statistics & Country Info > World
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:289376
Related Links:http://www.organic-world.net
Deposited By: Willer, Dr. Helga
ID Code:30800
Deposited On:20 Nov 2016 16:13
Last Modified:20 Nov 2016 16:13
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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