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Economic analysis of certification systems for organic food and farming

Objective

With the ongoing growth of the organic sector and the spread of organic production across the EU, the field of organic certification has become a maze of competing labels and logos, involving different private and public standards, in addition to European law. This diversity reflects the specific conditions for organic operators in countries or regions but can also lead to confusion for both producers and consumers and may create a variety of costs. Reg. (EC) 834/2007 intends a review of the revised regulation by the year 2011. It is imperative to conduct a comprehensive economic analysis of the variety of existing certification systems and their impact on the internal market for organic goods. This project proposes to combine the experience and knowledge of both researchers and SMEs to fulfil the following objectives: analyse the implementation of organic certification systems and estimate all relevant expenditures or transaction costs for different certification systems along the organic food supply chain in various regions of the EU, including a candidate country and Switzerland. It will involve stakeholders. Access to the necessary data has already been agreed with the involved partners or appropriate agencies for all seven study countries. In addition to costs, benefits of certification will be analysed, using data on consumers' recognition, image and willingness to pay for different organic logos and trademarks, with their underlying production standards and certification procedures. The project will consider consumer and certification issues equally. Economic models will be applied to analyse the determinants of costs and benefits, as well as provide recommendations for the development of risk-based certification systems. Finally, recommendations will be drawn for the EU Commission, national competent authorities and private actors in organic food and farming on how to increase effectiveness and efficiency of organic certification.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/law
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 412 242
Administrative Contact
Hans-Peter Liebig (Prof.)

Participants (10)

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 412 312
Address
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Urs Niggli (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 270 510
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tommaso Leo (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET KASSEL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 288 336
Address
Monchebergstrasse 19
34125 Kassel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tim Scholze (Mr.)
INSTITUT FUER MARKTOEKOLOGIE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 242 805
Address
Weststrasse 51
8570 Weinfelden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Rüegg (Ms.)
EGE UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 211 290
Address
Ege Universitesi Kampusu
35100 Izmir
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bulent Miran (Prof.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 369 020
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lizzie Melby Jespersen (Ms.)
CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERZITA V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 145 376
Address
Kamycka 129 Suchdol
16500 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jan Hron (Prof.)
ISTITUTO PER LA CERTIFICAZIONE ETICA ED AMBIENTALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 134 008
Address
Via Brugnoli 15
40122 Bologna
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Gaetano Paparella (Dr.)
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 49 950,94
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emyr Reynolds (Mr.)
PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 197 335,06
Address
Trent Lodge
GL7 6JN Cirencester
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nicolas Lampkin (Dr.)