Executive summary \ud European markets for organic products are growing rapidly, but the market information available in most European countries is woefully inadequate. Often only very basic data such as certified organic holdings and land area are reported, and sometimes not even individual crop areas or livestock numbers. Important market data, such as the amount of production, consumption, international trade or producer and consumer prices, do not exist in most European countries. In some European countries there are only rough estimates of the levels of production and consumption. \ud There is no standardisation and data are seldom comparable. Furthermore, detailed information on specific commodities is missing. Hence, investment decisions are taken under conditions of great uncertainty. Policy evaluation, including periodic monitoring of the European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming and RDP 2007-2013, will require many other data in addition to those regarding production structures and financial data that are already available, but obtaining this information would require a new EU-wide data collection and processing system (DCPS) to be put in place. \ud The European Information System for Organic Markets (EISfOM) project is an EUfunded Concerted Action which has analysed and documented the current situation and proposed ways in which organic data collection and processing systems (DCPS) can be improved by means of: \ud • improvement in the current situation of data collecting and processing systems \ud for the organic sector \ud • innovation in data collection and processing systems for the organic sector \ud • integration of conventional and organic data collection and processing \ud systems \ud This report summarises the most relevant findings of the EISfOM project, which are \ud analysed in the main project reports: \ud Wolfert, S., Kramer, K. J., Richter, T., Hempfling, G., Lux. S. and Recke, G. (eds.) \ud (2004). Review of data collection and processing systems for organic and \ud conventional markets. EISfOM (QLK5-2002-02400) project deliverable submitted \ud to European Commission. www.eisfom.org/publications. \ud Recke, G., Hamm, U., Lampkin, N., Zanoli, R., Vitulano, S. and Olmos, S. (eds.) \ud (2004a) Report on proposals for the development, harmonisation and quality \ud assurance of organic data collection and processing systems (DCPS). EISfOM \ud (QLK5-2002-02400) project deliverable submitted to European Commission. \ud www.eisfom.org/publications. \ud Recke, G., Willer, H., Lampkin, N. and Vaughan, A. (eds.) (2004b). Development of a \ud European Information System for Organic Markets – Improving the Scope and \ud Quality of Statistical Data. Proceedings of the 1st EISfOM European Seminar, \ud Berlin, Germany, 26-27 April, 2004. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture \ud (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland. www.eisfom.org/publications. \ud Gleirscher, N., Schermer, M., Wroblewska, M. and Zakowska-Biemans, S. (2005) \ud Report on the evaluation of the pilot case studies. EISfOM (QLK5-2002-02400) \ud project deliverable submitted to European Commission. \ud www.eisfom.org/publications. \ud QLK5-2002-02400 European Information System for Organic Markets (EISfOM) D6 final report \ud Rippin, M. and Lampkin, N. (eds.) (2005) Framework for a European Information \ud System for Organic Markets. Unpublished report of the project European \ud Information System for Organic Markets (EISfOM) (QLK5-2002-02400). \ud Rippin, M., Willer, H., Lampkin, N., and Vaughan A. (2006). Towards a European \ud Framework for Organic Market information, Proceedings of the 2nd EISfOM \ud European Seminar, Brussels, November 10 and 11, 2005. Research Institute of \ud Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland. www.eisfom.org/publications. \ud \u
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