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IFOAM. 2009. The contribution of organic agriculture to climate change adaptation in Africa. IFOAM, Bonn. 16 p.

Number of pages: 16

Type of document: Brochure

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Language of document: English

Title in English: The contribution of organic agriculture to climate change adaptation in Africa

Abstract / summary in English:

Organic farming practices preserve and restore soil organic matter, soil structure and water holding capacity, and are therefore able to maintain productivity in the event of drought, irregular rainfall events, with floods and rising temperatures. This adaptive quality of organic agriculture is very important for the agricultural sector in Africa. A series of five analytical cases illustrate the beneficial effects of organic agriculture on climate change adaptation. The case studies describe different practices, and encompass diverse regions of Western, Northern and Eastern Africa; they demonstrate the adaptation potential of organic agricultural practices in these very different contexts.


The contribution of organic agriculture to climate change adaptation in Africa