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On October 12, 2014 the workshop "Understanding organic farming worldwide" took place in Istanbul, prior to the IFOAM Organic World Congress. The aim of this workshop was to expand the organic expert network agri benchmark.

Organic farming has worldwide experienced a continuous growth in the last decade. At the same time, supply-chain processes have become more complex, diversified and are increasingly organized globally. Against this background, detailed economic and technical information on organic production, processing and trade is needed at a global scale to understand the impact of major driving forces on organic farming and to provide relevant information for all actors who want to strengthen their position in a global agricultural economy. Currently, such information is rare.

For this reason, the Thünen Institute (Germany) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland) have started to build up the organic expert network agri benchmark as part of the existing agri benchmark Project. 

The agri benchmark Organic Network aims at establishing an international cooperation between scientists, advisors and farmers to compare and share information about typical organic farms with respect to production and production systems, ecological parameters, production costs, competitiveness and future development.

Organic Network - Successful Kick-off in Istanbul

28 participants from 16 different countries joined the workshop. The meeting opened with an introduction to the agri benchmark Network by Jürn Sanders, coordinator of the agri benchmark Organic Network. After giving an overview of the whole network, he explained the internationally standardized approach, which is used for worldwide comparisons of production systems, their profitability, driving forces and perspectives.

This was followed by presentations from Sanna Heinze (Thünen Institute) and Susanne von Münchhausen (HNEE) on first results of farm comparisons and practical experiences from a membership in the agri benchmark network. Matthias Stolze from FiBL gave some considerations on integrating agri-environmental indicators in the agri benchmark Organic data base.

The workshop produced a fruitful discussion on the methodology, networking and communication infrastructure. Special attention was also paid to the main challenges linked to the approach of comparing production systems based on data of typical farms.

If you are interested  to receive more information, please contact  Opens window for sending emailJürn Sanders (Thünen-Institute)

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