IFOAM and FiBL announced the publication of the 14th “The World of Organic Agriculture” statistics book at Biofach in Germany on February 13, 2013.

The global value of certified organic market sales was estimated to be US $62.9 billion globally in 2011.  This is an increase from $59.1 billion in 2010 and US $54.9 billion in 2009. The comparison with the global organic sales of US $33.2 billion in 2005 and US $15.2 billion in 1999 shows a consistent trend of a high rate of growth. (Willer 2013)

Another important indicator is the number of countries that have a formalised organic sector, whether for markets or production. 162 countries collected certified organic data in 2011 compared to 86 countries that collected certified organic data in 2000.  The area of certified organic agricultural land (cropping, perennial horticulture and livestock, including dairy, poultry, pigs and grazing) was 37.2M hectares in 2011. This compares to 36.2M hectares in 2010, 25.7M hectares in 2003 and 11M hectares in 1999.

A significant emerging trend is the increase in land being used for organic wild collection.  It allows wild areas to be certified for the sustainable harvest of wild collected products It is also one of the few examples of a viable way to pay for the sustainable management of eco systems by ensuring a commercial return on the value of the eco system services and their products. This provides a strong incentive of a greater economic imperative to sustainably manage eco systems rather than clearing or degrading them for other economic uses.

The current figures show that 43M hectares were certified for wild collection in 2010. This is an increase from 41M hectares in 2009, 26.5M hectares in 2004 and 21M hectares in 2001.

The total area of land certified for the production and harvesting of organic products reached 80.2M hectares in 2011.  This includes agricultural land (37.2M hectares, 2011) and wild collected areas (43M hectares, 2010).

There were 1.8M certified organic producers in 2011 compared to 1.4 million in 2008 and 1.2 million in 2007.

Over 90% of the international market is in North America and Europe, however this is rapidly changing with emergence of markets in Asia, Middle East and Latin America. These regions are now the fastest growing markets for organic products in the world.

The World of Organic Agriculture Statistics and Emerging Trends is published annually. The data for any given year is collected and collated the following year and published at the beginning of the next year (2013).

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