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4 Economic and Social Considerations

4.1 Major problems
It must be recognised that the organic market is a small proportion of the total market for food. It may provide niche market opportunities for producers in developing countries but the scale of the entry hurdle into the marketplace should not be underestimated. Successful exporters have identified specific market opportunities and identified all the demands of that market.

Government support may be required to facilitate organic exports. This could involve assistance with forming and maintaining co-operatives to promote continuity of supply; or with the establishment of local certifying and registering bodies for organic production, which will be recognised internationally.