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Organic Action Plans

Organic action plans are widely used in Europe as a means of integrating different policies that can be used to support organic food and farming.

In the UK, we currently have an organic action plan in place in Scotland and one is under development in England. However, many other European regions are developing their own, including some as part of an Interreg Europe funded project SME Organics. The focus is on helping food businesses develop products and the market for organic food. Nic Lampkin has been advising the eight regions on behalf of the IFOAM EU Group and reports on progress to date. See article here

Download Organic Action Plans - Method Guide here

Examples of organic action plans can be found at www.orgap.org. In the UK, there were action plans in England from 2002-2007, in Wales from 1999-2004 and 2005-2010, and in Northern Ireland from 2007-2009. Currently only Scotland has a live action plan, launched in March 2011, which can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/03/14093552/0.

There is also a European Organic Action Plan, mainly focused on the development of European organic farming regulations, which can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/organic/eu-policy/action-plan_en.

The EU-funded ORGAP research project, which involved staff now at ORC, produced a lay-person’s guide to the development and implementation of organic action plans. This manual is also available in printed form from FIBL and ORC, as well as an Organic Action Plan Evaluation Toolbox (ORGAPET).

Organic Action Plans: A Guide for Stakeholders
Schmid, Otto; Padel, Susanne; Lampkin, Nic and Meredith, Stephen (2015) Organic Action Plans: A Guide for Stakeholders. IFOAM EU, Brussels, Belgium.

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