Data collection is a major and constant concern of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International). The comprehensive data provided in this publication serve as an important tool for stakeholders, policy makers, authorities, and the industry, as well as for researchers and extension professionals. The information provided here has proven useful in development programs and supporting strategies for organic agriculture and markets, and crucial for monitoring the impact of these activities. The data collection of FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International has become one of the most frequently quoted literature in scientific, technical and descriptive papers and reports on organic agriculture. With this edition, FiBL and IFOAM – Organics International are presenting “The World of Organic Agriculture” for the 16th time. The data and information compiled in this volume document the current statistics, recent developments, and trends in global organic farming. The statistical information and all chapters have been updated. As in previous editions, regional reports were also compiled.
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