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Survey on Organic Agriculture Worldwide Started

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movemements (IFOAM) have started the next survey on organic agriculture world-wide. The data collection is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) and the International Trade Centre ITC as well as Nürnberg Messe.


The data collection will be completed in time to be presented at BioFach in February 2011 in Nürnberg, Germany.


The annual survey on organic agriculture world-wide is carried out by FiBL and IFOAM. FiBL is carrying out the overall survey; IFOAM is in charge of the data from sub-Saharan Africa and supports the data collection in South America through its Latin American office. Data collection activities are now beginning to be coordinated in Asia. Ruta, the Regional Unit for Technical Assistance in Central America, has agreed to carry out the data collection for the eight countries where they are active. The Agronomic Institute of BARI IAMB has supports the survey by providing data from the Mediterranean countries.


Under the SECO/ITC project Global Information System for Organic Production and Market Data, a questionnaire was developed with a classification for land use and crops (very much based on the questionnaire which Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Commission, uses) as well as manufactured products. The data types collected include area, production, domestic market, and trade (export and imports). The questionnaire was programmed by flexinfo, a company that is specialised in data integration. Flexinfo has also programmed the Bioglobal database, in which the data are stored.

More information




Hervé Bouagnimbeck
IFOAM Africa Office
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 5
53113  Bonn
Tel. +49 228 926 50-10
Fax +49 228 926 50-99


Dr. Helga Willer
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Tel.+41 62 865 7207
Fax +41 62 865 7273
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