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Building Sustainable Organic Sectors

Building Sustainable Organic Sectors

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Building Sustainable Organic Sectors
Building Sustainable Organic Sectors

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In various countries and regions where the organic agriculture sector is emerging, governments
as well as organizations and institutions are looking for competent advice on how to develop
the sector. In November 2003, IFOAM’s Government Relation Committee organized an
informational event in Bangkok for official government representatives from Asian countries
who were working on national standard-setting and national regulations. The interest was
substantial, and a lack of comprehensive information and knowledge about the most important
procedures and challenges was obvious.

Within the frame of the I-GO II program, IFOAM is supporting the development of emerging
organic sectors in developing countries. Besides the establishment of IFOAM Information
Points in selected regions, the program aims to facilitate the development of emerging organic
sectors through the compilation of a comprehensive information package. This information
package includes recommendations on possible options for governments, the private sector,
development agencies, and consultancies on how to achieve sustainable development of the
sector. The recommendations are to great extent the result of the ten analytical cases studies,
reflecting experiences from various countries. As a second element, the information package
presents guidelines for the whole process of developing the emerging organic sector.

The study ‘Best Practices for Organic Policy - what developing country governments can do to
promote the organic sector’, commissioned by UNCTAD, has been following a similar approach,
but focusing mainly on recommendations for governments and dealing mainly with best practices
for organic policy development, while this report extends its scope and recommendations to all
actors of relevance for the development of the organic sector. Complementary to the UNCTAD
study, with the elaboration of this information package IFOAM intends to cover the other target
groups mentioned, such as the private organic sector, development agencies, and consultancies
working in this field.

Purpose and objectives

The objective of this study as formulated by IFOAM is to give guidance for appropriate
development options for the emerging organic sectors, with a focus on developing countries.
More specifically the study should:
Organize analytical country case studies (surveys) and develop guidelines for the whole

process of the development of the emerging organic sector based on the results of the survey.
Analyze the development of the sector through analytical case studies considering

Identification of key stages / patterns in sector development, main actors, institutions and


their role, action plans and policy framework.
Action plans implemented that contributed to sector development

Sector SWOT analysis and lessons learned

Critical factors and indicators for sector development

The Survey should include sequences of how organizations and countries have organized
themselves, elaborating on the methods used and reflecting on what they would do
differently.

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