Salient Trends in Organic Standards: Opportunities and Challenges for Developing Countries
31 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2007
Date Written: 2006
An overview of the fundamental issues in the production, trade and regulation of organic products. It notes the changing consumer and trade environments that are driving organics beyond the realm of niche products toward an increasingly relevant position among other important agricultural standards. Rather than a comprehensive analysis it outlines key elements that are most relevant to developing country producers including the likely impacts of adopting organics and the salient trends drawing from recent empirical research and the current literature on the subject. Finally, this document briefly assesses the significant constraints and opportunities facing the sector in order to draw some practical policy and investment conclusions.
Keywords: organic, standards, sustainable, agriculture, niche, certification
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