Organic agriculture area

In 2017, organic farming in Belgium occupied 6.3% of the agricultural area. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must be increased. This objective will be reached by continuing the trend since 2003. The area of organic agriculture is therefore developing favourably.

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Organic agriculture area - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of agricultural area

 1991199720032005201020122015201620172017//19912017//2012
Belgium0.10.51.71.83.64.55.15.86.317.47.0
EU28----------5.86.46.8------
//: Average Growth Rates

Calculations FPB based on Statistics Belgium (2018), Chiffres-cl├ęs de l'agriculture 2010-2017 and Agriculture biologique, https://statbel.fgov.be/ and on Eurostat (2018), Organic crop area by agricultural production methods and crops [org_cropar] and Land use: number of farms and areas of different crops by type of farming [ef_oluft], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/09/2018).

UN target: 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.

UN indicator: the selected indicator corresponds to indicator 2.4.1 - Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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