Organic Agriculture

ted_OrganicAgriculture_300x250.jpgOrganic Agriculture (OA) offers a range of environmental, social and economic benefits for developing countries.

On the economic side, growing world markets for OA products offer interesting export opportunities for developing countries who may have some comparative advantage in OA due to relatively abundant labour and lower use of agrochemicals.

In addition, OA production has been shown to have a positive effect on the local environment, biodiversity and soil fertility, and has the potential to increase the yields and incomes of subsistence farmers in developing countries who are not currently using agrochemicals, thus contributing to poverty reduction and sustainable rural development.

UNCTAD supports interested countries through country projects and thematic research studies aimed at developing win-win policy options through promoting OA and easing access of organic products in overseas markets.


 Meetings and Events

Start DateTitleLocationCountry
08 Jun 2011Working Group Meeting of the UNCTAD, IFOAM and GlobalG.A.P. Secretariats on Reviewing Options to Reduce Costs of Organic and GlobalGAP CertificationBonnGermany
10 Dec 2015United Nations trade cluster partners discuss progress in strengthening linkages between sustainable agriculture and tourism in TanzaniaDar es SalaamUnited Republic of Tanzania
10-12 Feb 2016UNCTAD joins organic policy debates at BIOFACH 2016NurembergGermany
05-09 Oct 2015Third African Organic Agriculture ConferenceLagosNigeria
14-15 Jul 2014The Third Lao Organic Agriculture Forum (LOAF 3)VientianeLao People’s Democratic Republic
28 Aug 2009Tanzanian National Stakeholder MeetingDar es SalaamUnited Republic of Tanzania
10-11 Dec 2012Second Lao Organic Agriculture ForumLuang PrabangLao People’s Democratic Republic
02-04 May 2012Second African Organic Conference: Mainstreaming organic agriculture in the African development agendaLusaka, ZambiaZambia
30 Nov-01 Dec 2009Rwandan Organic Stakeholder WorkshopGicumbiRwanda
20-21 Mar 2012Lao Project Technical Workshop March 2012Luang PrabangLao People’s Democratic Republic
10-12 Jun 2015Fourth Lao Organic Agriculture Forum (LOAF 4)VientianeLao People’s Democratic Republic
23 Mar 2012First Lao Organic Agriculture ForumVientiane CityLao People’s Democratic Republic
13-14 Feb 2012FAO/IFOAM/UNCTAD International Conference on Global Organic Market Access in 2012 and beyondNuremberg
06 Oct 2009Ethiopian Stakeholder MeetingAddis AbabaEthiopia
09 Aug 2009Ethiopian Organic Forum: Public Private PartnershipAddis AbabaEthiopia
18-20 Nov 2009Burundi Awareness Raising and Training WorkshopBujumburaBurundi
15-16 Jun 20165th Lao Organic Agriculture Forum (LOAF 5)VientianeLao People’s Democratic Republic
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24 August 2016Organic farming in Africa has rich potential, but is increasingly underfunded
23 August 2016Nutmeg revival helps Aceh, Indonesia, recover after years of conflict
14 October 2015With markets for organic produce booming, African farmers and other stakeholders gather to discuss reaping the benefits
25 February 2015Organic Agriculture discussed at UNCTAD's side-event during BioFach in Nuremberg, Germany
03 August 2014Organic agriculture takes centre stage at UNCTAD-backed event in Lao People's Democratic Republic
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