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FiBL Newsletter April 2014

Contents

1. News

1.1 Facts and figures about organic agriculture worldwide
1.2 European organic market continued to grow in 2012
1.3 EU project SOLINSA finished
1.4 New project to provide comparative scientific evidence on the economic performance of organic farming in Africa
1.5 Long-term trial in India shows: Organic cotton is competitive with GM crops
1.6 Boosting awareness of quality issues for the organic sector in Turkey
1.7 Ukraine – Successful presence at BIOFACH


2. New publications

2.1 Organic in Europe – Prospects and Developments
2.2 The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2014
2.3 Rough Guide to Sustainable Food Systems
2.4 New biogas handbook for organic farmers
2.5 Wild bees underestimated – A new factsheet summarizes research results relevant to farming practices


3. Events

3.1 Workshop of the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM in Istanbul
3.2 Understanding organic farming worldwide – Join the agri benchmark network
3.3 Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting
3.4 FiBL events in further languages


4. FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

1. News

1.1 Facts and figures about organic agriculture worldwide

1.9 million certified organic farmers in 164 countries on 37.5 million hectares and a global market for organic food of 63.8 billion US dollars is what the organic movement has achieved up to the year 2012. The global trend remains positive according to the yearbook “The World of Organic Agriculture“, which was launched by FiBL and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) at BIOFACH 2014.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive14/media-release14/article/growing-organic-agriculture-sector-explores-its-future.html

1.2 European organic market continued to grow in 2012

According to the OrganicDataNetwork project, the European organic market grew by approximately six percent to a value of almost EUR 23 billion in 2012. Consumers in the European Union spent close to EUR 21 billion on organic foods.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive14/media-release14/article/european-organic-market-continued-to-grow-in-2012.html

1.3 EU project SOLINSA finished

After three years spent learning and working on new innovations for sustainable agriculture, the EU Project SOLINSA (Support of Learning and Innovation Networks for Sustainable Agriculture) has come to an end.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/eu-project-solinsa-finished.html

1.4 New project to provide comparative scientific evidence on the economic performance of organic farming in Africa

Organic agriculture is increasingly recognized as a means to improving food security in Africa. However, solid data on the benefits of organic practices in Africa are still lacking for many contexts. FiBL, together with partners in Ghana and Kenya initiated the project ProEcoOrganicAfrica to address this knowledge gap.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-project-to-provide-comparative-scientific-evidence-on-the-economic-performance-of-organic-farmin.html

1.5 Long-term trial in India shows: Organic cotton is competitive with GM crops

Organic cotton shows lower yields than genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton. Nevertheless, the lower production costs render the production of organic cotton feasible. The result, however, strongly depends on the environmental conditions. These conclusions emerge from a long-term experiment in India, carried out by a team of experts of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in collaboration with bioRe Association, the local farmers’ umbrella organization.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive13/media-release13/article/long-term-trial-in-india-shows-organic-cotton-is-competitive-with-gm-crops.html

1.6 Boosting awareness of quality issues for the organic sector in Turkey

Quality assurance in organic farming is developing well in Turkey. A cooperative project involving German authorities and importers has contributed to greater awareness and higher quality.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/boosting-awareness-of-quality-issues-for-the-organic-sector-in-turkey.html

1.7 Ukraine – Successful presence at BIOFACH

Ukraine had its first ever organic country pavilion at BIOFACH 2014. Involving nine important Ukrainian companies, the pavilion was organized within the framework of the Swiss-Ukrainian Organic Market Development Project, which is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented by FiBL. The Ukrainian exhibitors are very positive about their presence at the trade fair.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive14/media-release14/article/ukraine-successful-presence-at-biofach.html

Further news

For further news see

> www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html

2. New publications

2.1 Organic in Europe – Prospects and Developments

This publication provides an overview of developments and future prospects from the perspective of public policy support and market growth. The handbook also includes 50 country reports. You can order the book in the FiBL shop.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/organic-in-europe-prospects-and-developments.html

2.2 The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and Emerging Trends 2014

The 15th edition of The World of Organic Agriculture documents recent developments in global organic agriculture. It includes contributions from representatives of the organic sector from throughout the world and provides comprehensive organic farming statistics that cover surface area under organic management, specific information about land use in organic systems, numbers of farms and other operator types as well as selected market data.

> www.fibl.org/en/shop-en/article/c/international-en/p/1636-organic-world-2014.html

> www.organic-world.net/yearbook-2014.html

2.3 Rough Guide to Sustainable Food Systems

Sustainable food systems were the main topic of the EU project "Foodlinks", which was finished recently. Among other things, the project team developed a guide, which shows ways to sustainable urban food strategies for local governments.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/rough-guide-to-sustainable-food-systems.html

2.4 New biogas handbook for organic farmers

Organic farmers considering investing in biogas production to improve farm income and contribute to the environmental sustainability of their farms now have new tools at hand. "Sustainable biogas production – A handbook for organic farmers" is available in English, German, French, Bulgarian, Polish, Danish and Spanish.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-biogas-handbook-for-organic-farmers.html

2.5 Wild bees underestimated – A new factsheet summarizes research results relevant to farming practices

A new factsheet produced by FiBL summarizes the key findings in this field and provides a list of measures that can be taken to encourage and conserve wild pollinators.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/wild-bees-underestimated-a-new-factsheet-summarizes-research-results-relevant-to-farming-practic.html

3. Events

3.1 Workshop of the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM in Istanbul

12.10.2014

Istanbul, Turkey

> www.organic-research.net/2641.html

3.2 Understanding organic farming worldwide – Join the agri benchmark network

3.3 Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting

20.10.2014 – 22.10.2014

Basel, Switzerland

> www.abim.ch

3.4 FiBL events in further languages

FiBL events in further languages can be viewed at

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

4. FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

You have a number of possibilities to keep yourself updated about FiBL. Here are the relevant links:

FiBL news: www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html

FiBL news via RSS: www.fibl.org/en/service-en/rss-en.html

FiBL on Twitter: www.twitter.com/fiblorg

FiBL on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FiBLnews

FiBL on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/FiBLFilm/videos

New FiBL publications in the OrganicEprints archive: www.fibl.org/en/fibl/themes/publications.html and FiBL homepage ( www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html, below the news ).

 

Yours sincerely,
Helga Willer and Theresa Rebholz
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