The 100 elected farmers, representing 2 – 3,000 organic farmers are conducting on-farm research and cooperating with 40 – 50 researchers and technicians in testing 30 innovative practices. Soil fertility, seed improvement, pest management, agronomy and socio-economics are the main themes. The innovations to be tested shall improve food security and climate change adaptation. Comparative research is done in order to better understand the economic and agronomic differences of organic, conventional and GMO systems in the sub-region.


Gian L. Nicolay

Brian Baker
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture – FiBL
Frick, Switzerland