Out of the total population, beneficial termites were more in organic systems whilst plant destructive termites were more in conventional systems. There was however similar damage caused by termites in both systems.

Summing up

These first results from the long-term study in Kenya show the potential of organic agriculture to improve soil fertility and farmer incomes in sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, the yields of organic fields level off conventional fields. This shows that organic systems start to deliver substantial economic advantage over conventional systems as soon as the initial conversion phase is over.
Now it is important to observe the performance in the mid and long term. This is why it is planned to continue the SysCom programme with further studies focusing on these aspects over the next few years.

About “SysCom”

The long-term study called “SysCom” compares organic and conventional farming systems under identical conditions.