Thursday, February 23, 2017

The World of Organic Agriculture. Statistics and Emerging Trends 2017

The World of Organic Agriculture

by Helga Willer and Julia Lernoud (Eds.)
FiBL, IFOAM, 2017.

The 18th edition of The World of Organic Agriculture, published by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International, provides a comprehensive review of recent developments in global organic agriculture. It includes contributions from representatives of the organic sector around the world and provides comprehensive organic farming statistics that cover the area under organic management, specific information about land use in organic systems, the number of farms and other operator types, and selected market data.

The book also contains information about the global market for organic food, information on standards and regulations, organic policy, and insights into current and emerging trends in organic agriculture in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Oceania. In addition, the volume contains reports about the organic sector in Australia, Canada, Kenya, the Pacific Islands, and the United States of America and brief updates for various countries in Asia as well as Latin America and the Caribbean.
The book also includes an article about organic cotton from the Textile Exchange and a chapter on the organic and the Fairtrade markets.
This book  has been produced with the support of the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and NürnbergMesse. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinions of ITC, SECO, or NürnbergMesse.

Ivorian cocoa farmers earn less than $1 a day, finds Barry Callebaut-backed study

By Oliver Nieburg+, 22-Feb-2017
Cocoa farmers in the top producing country Côte D’Ivoire earn around 91 US cents (CFA 568) per day, according to a study by Barry Callebaut and the French Development Agency (AFD).

Saturday, February 11, 2017

German Fairtrade cocoa sales double in 2016


"German manufacturers bought around 27,000 tonnes of Fairtrade cocoa in 2016, double the amount of the previous year, bringing the market share of fairly-traded cocoa in the country to 6%"

Read further the article by Sabine Crook 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Child Slavery Claims Against Nestle, Cargill Get One More Chance


"Six men forced into slavery as boys to harvest cocoa pods have a second chance to go after some of the world’s biggest chocolate companies in U.S. court, saying the companies should have known their suppliers used forced labor."

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Certified coffee, rightless workers

The fifth issue of Monitor – a newsletter that publishes Repórter Brasil’s studies on industries and production chains – reveals that even certified coffee farms still fail to guarantee workers’ rights.

The issue published in December 2016 enumerates several labor infractions by coffee farms in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. 

Included in the report are claims of farms employing unregistered workers, paying below minimum wage, not fully paying workers, and not providing mandatory benefits.


Download the report


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Linking Ugandan farmers to organic and fair trade markets

United we stand, divided we fall. This motto defines what NOGAMU is trying to promote among farmers. To ensure that Ugandan farmers are able to sell their harvest at a fair price and grow their business, the National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU) helps them to become organised into groups or cooperatives and to become more empowered. As a part of a cooperative, a farmer has the security to sell his harvest at a better price and can also learn to farm more sustainably.

Find out more about the project financed by the TDC.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bringing South Africa’s Small-Scale Miners Out of the Shadows

"In a country with unemployment rising above 25 percent, South Africans are increasingly looking for job creation in small-scale mining, an often-informal industry that provides a living for millions across the continent."

Read further the article by Mark Olalde, IPS 

Slovakia: More interest in fair-trade products

Slovaks are more interested in buying products bearing the fair-trade brand, while the number of such products in the market is also increasing. Currently there are 58 such brands representing 289 products. But Slovaks are still in the early stages when it comes to awareness about fair-trade products.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fairtrade suspends Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association

"The Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA) is currently suspended by the Fairtrade inspection and certification body, FLORCERT, after an audit revealed that a Minister of Government was delivering cane to the factory even though there are claims that he is not a registered cane farmer."

Read further the article by Micah Goodin in Amandala.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Vietnam faces dilemma on forests as climate change threatens coffee crops

  • Research shows that Vietnam may lose 50 percent of its current Robusta coffee production areas by 2050.
  • 550,000 smallholder farmers supply over 95 percent of Vietnam’s coffee, while another 500,000 people are engaged in seasonal work in the industry.
  • In order to continue growing this crop, the country can cut down forests to make space, or embrace them.