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Bolwig, S., P. Gibbon, M. Odeke and A.S.J. Taylor. 2007. Certified organic export production: Implications for economic welfare and gender equity amongst smallholder farmers in tropical Africa. 15 p.

Number of pages: 15

Type of document: Report

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Language of document: English

Title in English: Certified organic export production: Implications for economic welfare and gender equity amongst smallholder farmers in tropical Africa

Abstract / summary in English:

Organic export growth does not necessarily translate into improved welfare for the involved producers and workers, whether measured as higher income, improved food security, better health, higher equity or through other variables. Such impacts must be demonstrated empirically at the level of the participating households and their local communities.
This study concluded that conversion to organic export production has not reduced food security but rather improved it by raising cash incomes that have enabled households to increase the amount and quality of food purchased in the market.6