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(Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network) Fostering cooperation and experience sharing among the national information systems on agricultural (cereals) markets in the Mediterranean. The network of 13 countries is coordinated by CIHEAM, and more specifically by its Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAI) of Montpellier.
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MIDDLE EAST: Organic Farming In The Desert

MIDDLE EAST: Organic Farming In The Desert | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Technology brings a new dimension to the economic viability argument of organic farming in virgin uncontaminated desert dunes, expediting the certification process and enabling entrepreneurs to derive ROI sooner than later.
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Organic Farming in the EU - (Markets Briefs of DG AGRI)

Organic Farming in the EU - (Markets Briefs of DG AGRI) | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

This growing demand for organic products is matched by a rapidly growing production: EU organic area increased by 70% in the last ten years and organic retail sales reached 34 billion € in 2017, providing farmers with further added value on their production.

Organic production is characterised by a significantly lower yield than under conventional production. The gap is particularly important for wheat, with a yield ranging between 40% (Germany) and 85% (Italy) of conventional yields. The gap for organic maize yields and milk yields is lower, but may still represent a strong disincentive if not compensated by higher prices.

Lower yields seem however to be counterbalanced by higher producer prices. In Germany, organic wheat producers received up to 150% price premium over conventional prices.

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Download the report: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/food-farming-fisheries/farming/documents/market-brief-organic-farming-in-the-eu_mar2019_en.pdf

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EU: Agriculture and COVID-19: ‘EU organic sector at risk of regressive policies’

EU: Agriculture and COVID-19: ‘EU organic sector at risk of regressive policies’ | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it
Organic farmers are less dependent on agricultural inputs than their conventional counterparts because they don’t rely on synthetic pesticides and fertilisers. That can make their production more resilient in times like the coronavirus pandemic, since global agrochemicals supply chains face disruptions, but it doesn’t mean the sector has escaped the outbreak unscathed.
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