Economic and Financial Comparison of Organic and Conventional Citrus-growing Systems

Economic and Financial Comparison of Organic and Conventional
Citrus-growing Systems

Study prepared for the Horticultural Products Group,
Raw Materials, Tropical and Horticultural Products Service,
Commodities and Trade Division, FAO

Study prepared for FAO by:
Juan Fco. Juliá Igual
Ricardo J. Server Izquierdo
Department of Economics and Social Sciences
UNIVERSITY OF VALENCIA


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This study was conducted for two citrus crops (oranges and mandarins) in the Valencia region, Spain, in the year 2000. The results obtained were of course determined by the agro-ecological and socio-economic context of this country during that period. Consequently, they cannot be used to draw general conclusions on the comparative profitability of organic and conventional farming. Also, one should be cautious when trying to replicate the results in other geographical areas or in other commodities without taking into account the inevitable differences in contexts. However, the methodology presented in this paper is one that can be useful to carry out comparative analyses for citrus as well as other crops in other countries.


For more information on this study please contact:
Mr Paul Pilkauskas
Senior Commodity Specialist
email: paul.pilkauskas@fao.org
or
Mr Pascal Liu
Commodity Specialist
email: pascal.liu@fao.org

Horticultural Products Group
Raw Materials, Tropical and Horticultural Products Service
Commodities and Trade Division, FAO