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Growth continues: Global organic market at 72 billion US Dollars with 43 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide

Cover "The World of Organic Agriculture 2015"

The World of Organic Agriculture 2015: The global statistic almanach in it’s 16th edition.

The latest global data on organic farming will be presented by IFOAM – Organics International and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at the BIOFACH fair 2015 in Nuremberg. The statistics will be presented on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 2 to 2.45 pm in Room Istanbul, NCC East.

(Bonn/Frick/Nürnberg February 10, 2015)  The positive trend of the past continues: Consumer demand increases, reflected in the significant market growth of 11.5% in the US, the world’s largest organic market. More farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 170 countries report organic farming activities (up from 164) as shown in the 2015 edition of the FiBL-IFOAM study “The World of Organic Agriculture” (Data per end of 2013).

Global market is growing

Market research company Organic Monitor estimates the global market for organic products in 2013 to have reached 72 billion US Dollars (approximately 55 billion euros). The United States is the leading market with 24.3 billion euros, followed by Germany (7.6 billion euros) and France (4.4 billion euros). In 2013 official market data was for the first time ever published for China (2.4 billion euros), making the country the fourth biggest organic market in the world. The highest per capita spending was in Switzerland (210 euros) and Denmark (163 euros).

“We are very pleased to see the recent excellent growth worldwide”, states Markus Arbenz, executive director of IFOAM - Organics International. “The positive environmental, social and economic impacts of the sector in the global South and North confirm the sector’s importance as a lighthouse.”

Two million producers

Reaching a new all-time high, two million organic producers were reported in 2013. As in previous years, the countries with the highest number of producers were India (650’000), Uganda (189’610) and Mexico (169’703).  

43.1 million hectares of organic farmland

A total of 43.1 million hectares were organic at the end of 2013, representing a growth of almost 6 million hectares compared to the previous survey. In Oceania, organic land increased by a 42%, which was mainly due to rangeland areas shifting to organic production in Australia. Australia is the country with the largest organic agricultural area (17.2 million hectares, with 97% of that area used as grazing), followed by Argentina (3.2 million hectares) and the United States of America (2.2 million hectares).
40% of the global organic agricultural land is in Oceania (17.3 million hectares), followed by Europe (27%; 11.5 million hectares), and Latin America (15%; 6.6 million hectares).

More than 10% of farmland organic in 11 countries

The countries with the largest share of organic agricultural land of their total farmland are the Falkland Islands (36.3%), followed by Liechtenstein (31%) and Austria (19.5%). In eleven countries more than 10% of all agricultural land is organic.

More information

Data collection

The data on organic agriculture are collected annually by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL); in collaboration with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International) and further partners. The activities are supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the International Trade Centre (ITC), and NürnbergMesse, the organizers of the BIOFACH fair.
Data collection in Europe was carried out in the framework of the OrganicDataNetwork project “Data network for better European organic market information” (OrganicDataNetwork, 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Union).


  • Dr. Helga Willer, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Ackerstrasse, 5070 Frick, Switzerland, Tel.+41 (0)79 2180626, Fax +41 (0)62 8657273, helga.willer(at)fibl.org; www.fibl.org
  • Markus Arbenz, IFOAM  – Organics International, Charles-de-Gaulle-Strasse 5, 53113 Bonn,  Germany, Tel. +49 (0)160 8041557, Fax +49 (0)228 9265099, m.arbenz(at)ifoam.bio; www.ifoam.bio 

Programme of the Session “The World of Organic Agriculture – Statistics and Emerging Trends”

Wednesday, February 11, 2105, 2 to 2.45 pm, Room Istanbul (NCC East), NürnbergMesse, Nürnberg

  • Markus Arbenz, Director IFOAM – Organics International, Moderator
  • Dr. Helga Willer and Julia Lernoud, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL): Latest data on organic agriculture world-wide
  • Beate Huber, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL): Standards and regulations
  • Amarjit Sahota, Organic Monitor, UK: The global market for organic food

More information at www.biofach.fibl.org/en/biofach-2015.html.

Yearbook "The World of Organic Agriculture"

About "The World of Organic Agriculture"

The 300-page study contains reports, authored by experts, on the organic sector and emerging trends in all regions and selected countries. The statistics are supported with graphs and tables. In addition, background information on issues such as standards and legislation is provided. Further information is available at www.organic-world.net.


Helga Willer and Julia Lernoud (Eds.) (2015): The World of Organic Agriculture. Statistics and Emerging Trends 2015. FiBL-IFOAM Report. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick and IFOAM – Organics International, Bonn

Order book and download

The printed version (25 euros + postage; affiliates  of IFOAM – Organics International: 20 euros) can be ordered at www.fibl.org/en/shop-en.html (order number 1663) and www.ifoam.bio
Pick up your copy at BIOFACH in Hall 1, Stands 1-549 (FiBL) and 1-447 (IFOAM)


Graphs for download at www.organic-world.net/index.php?id=3134