6. Organic AgricultureRené Vossenaar and Sophia Twarog
BACKGROUNDThe UNCTAD secretariat, with the support of the International Development
Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada, has been implementing a technical cooperation project to examine the linkages between environment- and healthrelated requirements in international markets and export opportunities of
developing countries. One specific component of the project tries to identify
policies that can be applied at the national and international levels to
strengthen the capacities of developing countries to take advantage of emerging niche markets for organically produced products.Such niche markets present promising opportunities for developing countries. However, in order to seize such opportunities developing countries must
overcome a number of production and export constraints. Exporting organic
products implies a number of challenges related to certification, import procedures and marketing strategies. This study examines some of these issues and
seeks to identify policy responses that will support developing countries in
their efforts to use market opportunities for organic agricultural products to
promote their production and exports, and at the same time obtain environmental and developmental gains. It complements the analysis of possible trade
barrier effects of environmental and health requirements presented in other
scoping papers prepared under this project. In particular, the following issues
|• ||How can governments and the private sector in developing countries
address production and export constraints?|
|• ||How can developed countries take into account the special conditions
and needs of developing countries in their national organic standards and
regulations and how can they facilitate import of organic products from
|• ||How can bilateral and multilateral aid agencies assist developing countries in promoting production and exports of organic agricultural products?|
|• ||What are the key trade issues in the area of trade rules?|
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Book title: Environmental Regulation and Food Safety: Studies of Protection and Protectionism.
Contributors: Veena Jha - AssociateEditor, Edward Elgar - AssociateEditor.
Publisher: International Development Research Center.
Place of publication: Ottawa.
Publication year: 2005.
Page number: 145.
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