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FiBL Newsletter March 2018

Contents

1   Research

1.1 57.8 million hectares of organic agricultural land – the organic market grows to almost 90 billion US Dollars
1.2 European organic market grew by double digits and organic area reached 13.5 million hectares in 2016
1.3 Report from Science Day 2018 at BIOFACH
1.4 Soil microbes replace fertiliser
1.5 Agroforestry can safeguard the future of chocolate
1.6 New project launched for organic pig and poultry farmers
1.7 ORC investigates how organic ideas can help make UK farming a world leader

2   Other News

2.1 FiBL at The Organic Farmers Fair (TOFF) at GreenTech Amsterdam 2018
2.2 TIPI at the pre-conference of the Organic World Congress in India
2.3 Import rules for organic products: Great interest in new internet offer
2.4 European Input List for organic production launched at BIOFACH 2018

3    Publications and videos

3.1 Technical guide: Producing quality organic potatoes step by step

4    Events

1 Research

1.1 57.8 million hectares of organic agricultural land – the organic market grows to almost 90 billion US Dollars

The 2018 edition of the study "The World of Organic Agriculture" (data per end of 2016) published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International shows that the positive trend seen in the past years continues. Consumer demand for organic products is increasing, more farmers cultivate organically, more land is certified organic, and 178 countries report organic farming activities.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/ein-boomender-biosektor-578-millionen-hektar-bioflaeche-biomarkt-waechst-auf-fast-90-milliarden-us.html

1.2 European organic market grew by double digits and organic area reached 13.5 million hectares in 2016

The organic market in Europe continues to grow. In 2016, it increased by 11.4 percent and nearly reached 33.5 billion euros. Almost all of the major markets enjoyed double-digit growth rates. At BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food, FiBL and the Agricultural Market Information Company AMI presented the 2016 data of the European organic sector.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive18/media-release18/article/bio-in-europa-legt-weiter-zu-biomarkt-waechst-zweistellig-bioflaeche-steigt-auf-fast-14-millionen-h.html

1.3 Report from Science Day 2018 at BIOFACH

On 16 February 2018, the sixth Science Day took place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming. The TIPI secretariat is hosted by FiBL.

> www.organic-research.net/home/news-organic-research/article/2178.html

1.4 Soil microbes replace fertiliser

Beneficial soil microbes can significantly increase crop yields while reducing the amount of fertiliser. This is shown in a global meta-study by FiBL and the University of Basel, which was recently published in the renowned magazine "Frontiers in Plant Science".

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive18/media-release18/article/bodenmikroben-statt-duenger.html

1.5 Agroforestry can safeguard the future of chocolate

We love to enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate. However, the cocoa trees are in dire need: They are threatened by the viral disease "Cocoa Swollen Shoot" (CSSVD). In West Africa alone, CSSVD has ravaged over three hundred million trees, and caused huge economic losses among the farming population. Scientists from FiBL have found that diversification measures such as agroforestry can offer solutions.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive18/media-release18/article/agroforstwirtschaft-kann-die-zukunft-der-schokolade-sichern.html

1.6 New project launched for organic pig and poultry farmers

In January 2018, a new project – OK-Net EcoFeed – aimed at helping organic pig and poultry farmers in achieving the goal of 100 percent use of organic and regional feed was launched. FiBL is one of the project partners.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-project-launched-for-organic-pig-and-poultry-farmers-to-find-solutions-for-100-use-of-organic.html

1.7 ORC investigates how organic ideas can help make UK farming a world leader

The Organic Research Centre (ORC) – the UK’s leading research charity in this field – has been awarded new research projects by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to gather robust evidence on organic farming. Their aim is to identify how organic food production techniques can help the UK build on its position as a world-leading food and farming nation. FiBL is part of the international consortium led by ORC.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/orc-investigates-how-organic-ideas-can-help-make-uk-farming-a-world-leader.html

2 Other News

2.1 FiBL at The Organic Farmers Fair (TOFF) at GreenTech Amsterdam 2018

From 12-14 June 2018, the international fair GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 will be held at RAI Amsterdam for the third time. The fair puts a unique focus on innovative solutions and technologies for the production of vegetables, fruits and flowers. This year, a new event "The Organic Farmers' Fair (TOFF)", aiming at the sharing of knowledge and innovation on organic farming, will host an exclusive group of exhibitors in a separate hall.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-at-the-organic-farmers-fair-toff-at-greentech-amsterdam-2018.html

2.2 TIPI at the pre-conference of the Organic World Congress in India

On 8 November 2017, TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM - Organics International, organized the pre-conference "Accelerating Innovation – the Role of Science, Policy and Practice". During the pre-conference, eminent experts from science, policy and practice discussed the most pertinent questions and challenges relating to innovation in organic food and farming systems. On the same day, TIPI successfully conducted its third member assembly. Urs Niggli, director of FiBL, continues to be president, Dora Drexler and Brian Baker are vice presidents.

> www.organic-research.net/home/news-organic-research/article/2141.html

2.3 Import rules for organic products: Great interest in new internet offer

Navigating through the ever-changing import rules has become easier thanks to the website organicexport.info. FiBL launched the website last year. Since then, the number of visitors to the site has been increasing steadily. FiBL will continue to develop the site further in the coming months.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive18/media-release18/article/einfuhrbestimmungen-fuer-bioprodukte-grosses-interesse-an-neuem-internetangebot.html

2.4 European Input List for organic production launched at BIOFACH 2018

As the European organic farming sector is quickly developing, an increasing number of inputs for organic agriculture are offered on the European market. Unlike organic food or feed, inputs for organic production are not subject to compulsory inspection and certification, which makes it difficult, if not impossible for an organic farmer to determine whether an input contains only authorized materials. To address this issue, FiBL has developed the European Input List, which was successfully launched at BIOFACH 2018.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive18/media-release18/article/european-input-list-for-organic-production-launched-at-biofach-2018.html

3 Publications and videos

3.1 Technical guide: Producing quality organic potatoes step by step

As part of the OK-Net Arable project, FiBL and the Organic Research Centre ORC have produced a practical English guide on organic potato production. The publication can be downloaded for free or ordered as a printed version.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/technical-guide-producing-quality-organic-potatoes-step-by-step.html

4 Events

Management of HLB and its vector in the organic citrus production

10.04.2018 - 12.04.2018

Veracruz, Mexico

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/events/hlb-vector-en.html

FiBL at The Organic Farmers Fair (TOFF) at GreenTech Amsterdam 2018

FiBL events in other languages

FiBL events in other languages can be viewed at

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/events.html

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