Third countries

Webinar "Organic vs conventional yields: the case of non-EU countries"

On Thursday, 8 April, from 10.30 to 12.00, there will be an interesting free webinar (in English) to understand if and how organic can have better yields than conventional agriculture. Under certain conditions yes, and this is shown by the study commissioned by the Italian certification body CCPB and carried out by Areté srl, which analysed and compared the average yields of several crops in a series of 11 non-European countries.


COP: Summary Record of the last meeting

The COP meeting of 28-29 January was held by videoconference. During the meeting, the following points were discussed as reported HERE.

We publish the Summary Record of the meeting.

Summary Record COP 28-28 gennaio 2021

Source: European Commission


BIOFACH: “Import Promotion Desk” presents organic diversity from 12 developing and emerging countries

Nearly 40 producers from developing and emerging countries will be presented to European trade visitors by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at this year's Biofach, the world's leading trade fair for organic food that will take place in virtual form from February 17 to 19.


COP: the last meeting Summary Record

The last Committee on Organic Production (COP) meeting was held in Brussels on 28 and 29 October (we published the agenda HERE). 

We publish here the meeting report:

Summary Record COP 28 and 29 October 2020

Source: EU


The ups and downs of international organic trade: how is this possible?, by Gerald A. Hermann

Gerald Hermann, a pioneer in the organic sector (he was president of Naturland and IFOAM, today he is director of Organic Services, and is known worldwide as one of the leading experts in the organic agri-industry) publishes a reflection on the sector that has been shattered by various scandals on national and international levels. The bigger the scandals, the more dramatic the consequences for the countries of origin, which brings about huge shifts in international commodity flows, as import and export figures indicate.


COP and Expert Group: agendas of the forthcoming meetings

We publish the agenda of both the Expert Group and COP (Committe On Organic Production) meetings that will take place in Brussels respectively on 2 and 3-4 March.

Expert Group Agenda

COP Agenda

Source: EU


Import: now published the new Reg. (EU) 2019/446 amending Reg. (EC) No 1235/2008

Now published in the Official Journal of the EU the COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2019/446 of 19 March 2019 amending and correcting Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 as regards the arrangements for imports of organic products from third countries.


The Regulation (EU) 2019/446 of 19 March 2019 2019_EN


Source: UE




Organic production in developing countries: a study on how to increase it

A recent study published in the Proceedings series of Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research reveals that, while many farmers in Indonesia want to transition to organic and know the regulations, more research and extension would help them actually implement organic management. In this study, researchers surveyed 70 rice farmers in Indonesia and found that the vast majority of them know about organic practices required to comply with certification, but they face challenges to implementing these practices.


Imports: the new Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/949

The new implementing Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 as regards the arrangements for imports of organic products from third countries has been published on the EU Official Journal L 167 of 3 July 2018.

The new Regulation modifies Annexes III and IV of Regulation (EC) No 1235 of 2008.


The Mipaaf note about the last COP meeting (24-25 January)

We publish the note drafted by the Mipaaf Organic Farming Unit  on the last COP (Committee on Organic Production) meeting held in Brussels last 24-25 January , whose report can be found HERE.

Note no 14058 of 28 February 2018

Annex 1

Source: Mipaaf



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