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  • Organic Products
    The growing organic food and fibre market offers export opportunities for developing countries and plays an important role in reducing poverty in rural areas. Organic farm production also produces important environmental benefits and helps farmers mitigate and adapt to climate change. However, developing countries face a number of obstacles to export organic products, including meeting buyers’ demands on quality, a lack of information about requirements and standards, dealing with certification and building relationships with buyers.

    ITC works with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and trade support institutions (TSIs) in overcoming these obstacles and improving access to international markets. We strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs and community enterprises and the capacity of TSIs and  provide support to policy makers on organic trade issues.

    ITC also manages Organic Link, a web portal serving the organic business communities. Through its database of business contacts, Organic Link serves to helps exporters and importers of organic products to find each other. It also contains useful information about organic products and markets. To access Organic Link, use the relevant links found under the 'Organic Products' section of the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.
     

    Information

    ITC offers information on organic trade issues through publications, technical papers, articles and presentations.     
     

     Publications

    • The World of Organic Agriculture 2010, published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), with financial support from ITC, among others. The 11th 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, numbers of farms and specific information about land use in organic systems.

    To buy the whole publication, please go to IFOAM or FiBL.

    • The World of Organic Agriculture 2009, published by FiBL and IFOAM, with financial support from ITC, among others. The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends 2009 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, numbers of farms and specific information about land use in organic systems. The book also contains information on the global market for organic food, activities of UN organizations, the latest developments in organic certification, standards and regulations and insights into current status and emerging trends for organic agriculture by geographical region.

    To buy the publication, please go to IFOAM or FiBL.

    Technical papers

    • Trends in the Trade of Certified Coffees, 2011. Available in English, French and Spanish. Provides an overview of global market trends for the sustainable segment of the coffee industry. Highlights the importance of certification in traditional and emerging markets, outlines the main sustainability certification and verification schemes, details volumes of traded coffee for each and considers the impact of these standards on coffee producers and the industry.
    • Cotton and Climate Change, Impacts and Options to Mitigate and Adapt, 2011. Available in English, French and Spanish. Focuses on the interface between cotton, climate change and trade. Examines the impact of cotton production and consumption on climate change and the options and incentives for reducing emissions. Discusses the impact of climate change on cotton production and the options for adaptation.
    • Climate Change and the Coffee Industry, 2010. Focuses on the effect of climate change on global coffee production, with particular reference to small coffee producers in developing and least developed countries. Highlights the possible effects of climate change on quality, yield, pests and diseases, and irrigation; considers potential areas of intervention, and looks at short-term solutions and long-term strategies to make coffee producers better prepared.
    • Organic Farming and Climate Change, 2008. Concludes that organic agriculture has much to offer in both mitigation of climate change through its emphasis on closed nutrient cycles and is a particularly resilient and productive system for adaptation strategies. Considers the issue of whether organic agriculture should be eligible for carbon credits under voluntary carbon offsetting markets and the Clean Development Mechanism.
    • Organic Agriculture in Rwanda and Options for Policy and Trade Development, 2008. Prepared as an input to Rwanda’s Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources for the development of their action plan for organic agriculture and trade. Serves as a model for a policy for organic in other developing countries as well as gives guidance for existing or future organic projects.
    • Overview of World Production and Marketing of Organic Wild Collected Products, 2007. The demand for organic wild collected products is significant. Products for direct food consumption, such as berries, nuts, mushrooms and a large number of herbs are the main items. This publication discusses terminology used in wild collection, gives an overview of organic and other standards that relate to wild collection and provides data and background information about collection and marketing of certified organic wild collected products.
    • Organic Cotton - an Opportunity for Trade, 2007. Report analysing the global market for organic cotton fibre, textiles and clothing – including definitions of organic cotton and ‘fair trade’ cotton; detailed figures for organic cotton production, trade, and consumption; the geographical markets for organic cotton fibre, textiles; description of the involvement of many large brands and retailers; and reviews main organic markets.
    • Marketing Manual and Web Directory for Organic Spices, Culinary Herbs, Essential Oils, 2006. This manual builds on information compiled through consultancy and mission seminars in Africa and South America. It is designed to address the needs of producers and exporters in developing countries for specific technical and market information in order to develop their organic enterprises and to export the products covered to target markets.
    • Strengthening the Export Capacity of Thailand's Organic Agriculture, 2006. Prepared by the ITC Technical Assistance Team to provide a background to the current state of play of organic agriculture in Thailand, and offers an assessment of key issues for the supply chain, including production, marketing, research, training and extension services, the institutional framework and support systems, and import requirements of the EU.

     

    Articles and report

    • The Organic Standard in the Market for Sustainable Products, 2010, 4 pages. In collaboration with the Standards Map team, ITC's Trade and Environment Programme contributed a paper to the The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends 2011 published by FiBL and IFOAM. The organic sector has grown fast in response to strong consumer concern over food safety and the environment. However, while sales of organically certified products have grown, the sector has had to face new market entrants making green and ethical claims. This paper outlines the nature of competition to organic from other sustainability labels and initiatives and the strategic responses the sector is making.
    • The European Market for Organic Fruits and Vegetables from Thailand, 2007, 50 pages. The EU market for organic products is growing. Particularly high growth rates are observed in Germany and the United Kingdom. In most European countries highest growth is seen in the fruit and vegetables, as well as the meat and dairy product categories. In the short and medium term, demand is foreseen to strengthen and growth is expected to continue. This publication guides exporters in Thailand to make products, expertise, and exporters known to the (potential) buyers in the EU market. A common marketing effort among exporters of organic products and readily available information on products on offer, expertise and ideas, would be an advantage for exporters in Thailand.
    • The Canadian market for organic food and beverages, 2004, 26 pages. The Canadian market for organic food and beverages (2004) is meant to focus on those aspects of the Canadian market that are of most interest to producers and exporters in developing countries, although it may hopefully be of interest to other readers as well. It gives practical information on distribution channels and identifies major importers and other organic companies.
    • The United States market for organic food and beverage, 2002, 40 pages. The study presents the findings of ITC research on the United States market for organic food and beverages. It identifies market prospects and business opportunities for developing countries and transition economies ; gives dat alt=a on domestic production, imports/exports and market size ; outlines market characteristics and import requirements ; provides information on organic certification, including the National Organic Program (NOP) ; examines distribution channels and identifies major importers, distributors, retail organizations and manufacturers/packers of organic foodstuff, industry and consumer associations, trade publications and government offices.
    • World markets for organic fruit and vegetables, 2004, 26 pages

     

    Market News Service 

    ITC’s Market News Service (MNS) produces quarterly reports on prices and trends in the organic market. MNS addresses the lack of transparency in the international market and improves business decision-making through the provision of up-to-date price information.

    The World of Organic Agriculture

    For more data on organics, you can consult key data and results of the global survey on organic agriculture of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, carried out in cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM and funded by ITC on http://www.organic-world.net/.

    For further information, contact us here.

    Advisory Services

    To strengthen developing countries’ competitiveness in the organic sector, ITC provides technical assistance to SMEs and TSIs in the following areas:
     
    • Training – ITC trains exporters, smallholders and collectors in developing countries in compliance with standards.
    • Trade Promotion – ITC prepares exporters for participation in business fairs to showcase their products. In addition to creating new sales opportunities, this also increases exporters’ knowledge of market requirements and the business environment.

    ITC also supports governments to formulate policies that are more coordinated and favourable towards organic agriculture.

    Training

    Training can be tailor-made for projects related to the development of organic production and processing, capacity building of companies and compliance with market requirements and standards, policy strengthening support to governments and partners, identification of new markets and diversification of client base, promotion of best practice and trade fair participation.
     ITC is currently implementing a project in Zambia whose overall objective is to increase the competitiveness of Zambian SMEs exporting products in the organic and sustainability segments of the food and natural products market. As a part of this project, ITC has carried out a number of trainings in collaboration with the Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC).

    More information on these organic trainings can be found here.

    Networks

    ITC works closely with the following organizations:

    • The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
    • The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
     

    IFOAM is the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic movement, uniting more than 750 member organizations in 116 countries. IFOAM’s mission is leading, uniting and assisting the organic movement in its full diversity. The goal is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sounds systems that are based on the Principles of Organic Agriculture.

    For further information on IFOAM, please go to: http://www.ifoam.org/index.html 

    The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL Switzerland, FiBL Germany and FiBL Austria are centres for research and consultancy on organic agriculture.

    For further information on FiBL, please go to: http://www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html 

    Projects

    Through its technical assistance, ITC supports exporters of organic products and trade support institutions in developing countries through a number of channels.
     

    ITC is currently implementing a project in Zambia whose overall objective is to increase the competitiveness of Zambian SMEs exporting products in the organic and sustainability segments of the food and natural products market.

     More information of the project can be found here.

     

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