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Title Productivity and Profitability of Organic and Conventional Farming Systems
Official Acronym Productivity and Profitability of Organic and Conventional Farming Systems - A comparative analysis in Sub Saharan Africa
FiBL project number 65107
Abstract

The importance of Ecological organic agriculture (EOA) practices is increasingly recognized for improving food security in Africa and especially in challenging environments for the smallholder sector. However, solid data on the benefits of EOA practices and systematic information on their drawbacks in Africa are still lacking in many contexts. As a result many farmers, advisors, scientists and government officials are still uncertain on whether EOA are able to markedly improve yields while significantly reducing production gaps and increasing farm profits compared with high-input agriculture systems in Africa. In close consultation with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and EOA key stakeholders, ProEcoOrganicAfrica will generate scientific evidence and knowledge on the productivity, profitability and sustainability of EOA in comparison to conventional systems in Ghana and Kenya. Sound conclusions and recommendations will be drawn on the potential of EOA to help farmers, especially women, to be economically more successful and more resilient to adverse impacts of climate change and socio-economic challenges. The project will promote capacity building, networking and a conducive policy environment for effective and efficient sharing of knowledge /experience, so as to enhance agronomic and scientific know-how.

Project website

www.proecoafrica.net/ _blank

Detailed Description

Development Goal
The ProEcoOrganicAfrica Project will contribute to improved rural livelihoods, including food, nutrition and income security in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) through climate-smart intensification of agricultural systems.

Purpose
In close alignment to EOA, and in close consultation with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and EOA key stakeholders, ProEcoOrganicAfrica will generate scientific evidence and knowledge on the productivity, profitability and sustainability of EOA in comparison to conventional systems in Ghana and Kenya. Sound conclusions and recommendations will be drawn on the potential of EOA to help farmers, especially women, to be more economically successful and resilient to adverse impacts of climate change and socio-economic challenges.

Expected Outcomes
Outcome 1: Increased availability of scientific and sound evidence on the potential of intensified organic agriculture to improve and sustain incomes and food and nutrition security of smallholder farming households.
Outcome 2: Organic practitioners have increased capacity and knowledge for effective promotion of innovative organic agriculture practices through use of research information.
Outcome 3: Policies towards ecological organic agriculture are supported at national, sub regional and regional levels through the EOA Initiative.

Key Activities
The ProEcoOrganicAfrica objectives will be achieved through implementation of the following key activities:

  • Review of comparative literature and existing data sets on productivity and profitability of organic and conventional production systems;
  • Design of a research methodology and data collection strategy for selected production organic and conventional production systems;
  • Collection of quantitative and qualitative data at field, farm and sector levels for the selected organic and conventional production systems
  • Analysis of data, synthesis of results and dissemination to stakeholders
  • Promotion of networking among stakeholders
  • Support to EOA on policy related activities

Project Beneficiaries
ProEcoOrganicAfrica findings are expected to facilitate decision making and practice by farmers, extension agents, research and development organizations, academic institutions, and national and regional ecological organic networks, as well as public and private policy and decision makers in SSA.

Project status ongoing
Start of project 01.07.2013
End of project 31.12.2017
Financing/ Donor

  • Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation (Hivos)
  • Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)
Project partners

Ghana

  • Agro-Eco Louis Bolk Institute (LBI) 
  • Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Directorate of Crops Services
  • University of Ghana (UoG), Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, College of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences

Kenya

  • International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
  • Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)

Regional

  • African Organic Network (AfrONet)
  • Biovision Africa Trust

International

  • International Federation of the Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL

Coordination and harmonization of research methodology, data quality monitoring, data analysis and synthesis, lead author in publishing the main research paper

Research area
Themes
Date modified 02.04.2016
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