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Organic farming world-wide: Latest figures at BioFach 2010

At the BioFach Congress 2010, the latest figures on organic agriculture world-wide will be presented.

As every year the session ‘The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends’ will take place on Friday, (February 19, 2010) from 10 to 11 a.m. This year the session will be chaired by IFOAM's executive director Markus Arbenz.

The latest results on the current status of organic agriculture world-wide, as published in the edition 2010 of The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends, will be presented.

The survey and the yearbook on organic farming world-wide are supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, the International Trade Centre ITC as well as Nürnbergmesse. In addtion SECO and ITC are funding the further development of the data collection and processing through the support of data collection in developing countries, the improvement of the database, the development of a classification for organic areas and products as well as the setting up and the maintenance of the website www.organic-world.net.


  • BioFach, Messezentrum Nürnberg, Room St. Peterburg


  • Markus Arbenz: Moderator
  • Helga Willer, FiBL, Switzerland: Global organic farming statistics
  • Amarjit Sahota, Organic Monitor, UK: The global market for organic food
  • Beate Huber, FiBL, Switzerland: Latest developments in the area of organic regulations 

The speakers

Markus Arbenz

Markus Arbenz has been the executive director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM since 2009. Prior to that he was the director of Bio Suisse, the Swiss organic producers' association.

Helga Willer

Helga Willer works at the Communication Department at FiBL, she has been an editor of the yearbook ‘The World of Organic Agriculture’ since 2000.

Beate Huber

Beate Huber is head of the Development and Cooperation Department of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL. Activity areas include organic legislation and certification as well as personnel and organization development. She is on the Board of IOAS (International Organic Accreditation Service), Delaware, USA.

Amarjit Sahota

Amarjit Sahota is the director of Organic Monitor, a business research & consulting firm that specialises on the global organic & related product industries. Organic Monitor has been actively tracking the natural personal care products industry for a number of years.  He has been involved in the health and well-being industries since 1996. He has assisted a wide range of clients in realising their business potential in emerging industries. His clients range from multinationals, government organizations, to small dedicated organic food companies. 

Further information


Contact person at FiBL: Helga Willer