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Salient Trends in Organic Standards: the Opportunities and Challenges for Developing Countries


  • Giovannucci, Daniele


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

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  • Giovannucci, Daniele, 2006. "Salient Trends in Organic Standards: the Opportunities and Challenges for Developing Countries," MPRA Paper 13551, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:13551

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    1. Seufert, Verena & Ramankutty, Navin & Mayerhofer, Tabea, 2017. "What is this thing called organic? – How organic farming is codified in regulations," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 68(C), pages 10-20.

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    standards; trade; certification; accreditation; barriers; environment;

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    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance


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