Political and financial support provided through national and regional governments’ policies are crucial for creating and further developing a steady market demand, a solid supply base and good operating conditions for the EU organic food market.These factors have contributed significantly to the growth of the EU organic food market and the expansion of the supply base.

Organic farmland represented 6.21% of EU agricultural land in 2015 and is backed by strong demand for organic produce amongst EU consumers. In the last decade alone, the EU market doubled in value from €13.1 billion in 2006 to €27.1 billion by 2015.

Using action plans to develop organic, an SME ORGANICS brochure

With current trends indicating that EU demand for organic produce is far outstripping current production levels, there are great opportunities to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the organic sector as innovative solutions for the whole agri-food sector.

Organic Action Plans can help organic SMEs and the European agri-food sector to develop in a more holistic way that stimulates high quality food production, rural job creation, environmental protection, climate action and animal welfare. They do this by providing a framework for integrating different policies into a broader policy picture, and setting common objectives, targets and actions that serve the organic sector’s needs and meet public policy goals in a specific country or region.

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It provides a thorough analysis of the current state of organic action plans in Europe, including case studies of six plans