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    Venezuela is located to the north of South America. The country shares its borders with Guyana to the west; Brazil to the south; Colombia to the west; and the Caribbean Sea to the north. Venezuela has a total land area of 912,050 sq km. Climate is mostly tropical but less so in area of higher altitude.

    Agricultural sector

    Venezuela's top 10 agricultural products are whole fresh cow milk, indigenous cattle meat, wheat, tomatoes, fresh vegetables, grapes, watermelons, hen eggs, sheep milk and maize.

    Brief overview of organic farming

    There are 2,441 hectares of organic land in Venezuela and approximately 4 organic farms operating in the country. Organic land makes up 0.01% of the country's arable land. Most organic products which are consumed in the domestic market, are imported, as the country has not yet developed its processing standards for organic products. The country's organic products are mainly exported to the USA and the EU. Amongst the different actors in Venezuela's organic market are private organizations, national research and education organizations, as well as government institutions.

    Brief overview of key organic products

    Organic products include coffee, cocoa, banana, fruits, medicinal plants, macadamia nut, cassava, honey, herbs and spices. Some biscuits are also produced organically.

    The network

    National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) is one of the main agencies responsible for the establishment of producer organizations.

    Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas
    Sede Administrativa. Av. Universidad
    Via El Limón. Frente a la Zona Educativa
    Venezuela 2103
    Tel.: 0243-2404911
    Website: www.ceniap.gov.ve


    - CIA FactBook, 31.05.07 - https://www.cia.gov

    - FAO, 24.10.2006: Key Statistics of Food and Agriculture External Trade. Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Statistics Division - http://www.fao.org/es/ess/top/country.html?lang=en 

    - Yussefi, Minou and Willer, Helga, Eds.: The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics and emerging trends

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