Research has to contribute towards agricultural systems that are compatible with food sovereignty and community access to food.
Photo: © G. Nicolay

24.08.2012

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Organic farming holds the great promise to solve some of the environmental and social problems caused by conventional agriculture. To play this role at the global level, farmers need access to essential knowledge on efficient ways, sustainable means and support structures that encourage organic practices and incentives to adopt them.

Public and private support for organic farming research, extension and education lag far behind the funding, infrastructure and staff involved in conventional and biotech agriculture. While most organic agricultural research is carried out in temperate climates, the need to conduct organic agriculture research is arguably greater in the tropics, with their more dynamic and fragile ecosystems.

This research should be targeted to organic farms and their concrete challenges and not to satisfy research interest alone. Farmer education facilities are almost nonexistent and in Africa, many agricultural universities are in severe financial needs and have very limited resources available for state-of-the-art organic research and teaching.
To be sustainable, an agricultural system must be productive and profitable over a long time. To test such properties, the research design must take into account meaningful criteria that help measure and monitor a system’s stability, resilience and productivity across a large area over many years.

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