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Data network for better European organic market information

An EU initiative established a long-term permanent network of stakeholders engaged in organic market data collection and analysis. They showed how to make European organic market information better available, more accurate and relevant, thereby boosting transparency in the sector.
Data network for better European organic market information
The EU-funded ORGANICDATANETWORK (Data network for better European organic market information) project set out to enhance transparency of the European market for organic food through better availability of market intelligence on the sector, considering as well the needs of policymakers and key players in organic markets.

To achieve its aims, the project brought together stakeholders and bodies from 11 countries that collected, published and analysed data on the sector. It was collecting and classifying the data, as well as investigating methodologies to evaluate data consistency, with particular focus on trade flow information.

Case studies aimed at improving existing data collection systems were conducted in six countries. An online database of all available data on organic markets in Europe was produced, making European organic market data by product groups and sales channels accessible for the first time. In particular, a broad range of retail sales data is now available, as well as import export data.

ORGANICDATANETWORK produced a Code of Practice and an accompanying manual to initiate and maintain good organic market data collection and publication procedures (OrMaCode: ORganic Market data MAnual and CODE of Practice). The Code of Practice itself consists of a list of principles and related indicators covering the different key areas of organic market data collection, processing, storage and publication/dissemination. It is consistent with the European Statistics Code of Practice. The manual contains specific guidelines for applying the Code of Practice. It also contains guidelines on the collection of relevant sets of data and on the way to ensure that quality criteria stated in the Code of Practice is met.

To better coordinate and support data collection, project partners outlined six practical and detailed recommendations targeting European policymakers and government. Based on project outcomes, they call for considerable improvements in the accessibility and quality of statistical information in the organic market.

By harmonising data collection, facilitating access to relevant information and developing tools for new data collection systems, ORGANICDATANETWORK has provided invaluable support for the organic food market across and beyond Europe. All results and reports are available online.

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Keywords

Organic market, data collection, data network, transparency, market information
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