Markets grow for organic produce


Italy: organic vegetables on sale in Rome
FAO/N.Scialabba

Consumer demand for organically produced food and fibre products is on the rise worldwide, providing new market opportunities for farmers and businesses in developing and developed countries. Breaking into this lucrative market is not easy, however. Farmers switching to organic agriculture currently have to wait two to three years before developed countries will accept their produce as organic. Also, farmers seeking to sell their products must hire an organic certification organization to inspect and confirm that their farms adhere to organic standards.

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