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Organic Agriculture and Post-2015 Development Goals: Building on the Comparative Advantage of Poor Farmers

Publication | June 2015
Organic Agriculture and Post-2015 Development Goals: Building on the Comparative Advantage of Poor Farmers

While there has been remarkable progress on the Millennium Development Goals, much is still to be done to ensure meaningful change beyond 2015.

A comprehensive assessment of organic agriculture reveals overarching themes of comparable yields with conventional farming which has significantly improved incomes, and facilitated better health for farmers through chemical-free farming, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, building sustainable and resilient food production systems.

Compelling empirical outcomes in the chapters as reported by the practitioners themselves show organic agriculture’s significant contributions to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which are expected to continue beyond 2015. This brings inclusive agricultural development to rural communities, particularly marginal farmers, making them part of the solution to the achievement of sustainable development goals in the post-MDG era.

Contents 

  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
  • PART I: Poverty Reduction and Organic Agriculture
  • PART II: Country Case Studies on Organic Agriculture
  • PART III: Organic Agriculture, the Environment, and Current Debates