Switch to organic farming may boost yields and incomes
Switching to organic and resource-conserving methods of farming can improve smallholder crop yields, food security and income, a review study has found.
But a more-extensive evidence base founded on rigorous and consistent research methods is needed before the findings can be generalised to other situations, according to the study published in the current issue of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability.
“The findings show at the farm level it [organic farming] appears to be very positive — more than many people think,” says Steve Franzel, an agricultural economist at the World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya, co-author of the study.
The review feeds into what Franzel describes as a “polarised” debate between conventional agriculture and organic and resource-saving agriculture (ORCA) methods.
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