Organic agriculture area

In 2016, organic farming in Belgium occupied 5.8% 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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TREND ASSESSMENT: Organic agriculture area - Belgium

percentage of agricultural area

 20032005201020152016
observations1.71.83.65.15.8

assessment based on observations until 2015

Calculations FPB based on Statistics Belgium (2017), Chiffres-clés de l'agriculture 2010-2016 and Agriculture biologique, https://statbel.fgov.be/ and on Eurostat (2017), 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], http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 08/11/2017).

Organic agriculture area

percentage of agricultural area

 19911997200320102011201220132014201520162016//19912016//2011
Belgium0.10.51.73.64.14.54.75.05.15.817.87.2
EU-28----------5.85.85.96.46.8----
//: average growth rates

Calculations FPB based on Statistics Belgium (2017), Chiffres-clés de l'agriculture 2010-2016 and Agriculture biologique, https://statbel.fgov.be/ and on Eurostat (2017), 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], http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 08/11/2017).

This text is based on the Statistical Annex of the Voluntary National Review of Belgium (VNR) presented to the July 2017 United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

VNR Indicator: Organic agriculture area, percentage of agricultural area

Definition: share of the total agricultural land where organic agriculture methods are used.

Objective: to be consistent with Target 2.4, this indicator should increase.

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

UNSTAT Indicator 2.4.1: Proportion of agricultural area under productive and sustainable agriculture