The region of Alto Beni in Bolivia recently inaugurated one of FiBL’s long-term farming system comparisons in the tropics. The field trial testing cacao in various agroforestry systems compares organic with conventional farming. The Bolivian Minister of Rural Development and Land, Nemesia Achacollo, also took part.
The FiBL research and development projects in the global South have the goal to further develop locally adapted sustainable farming systems.
Further long-term system comparisons being supervised by FiBL in the tropics are in Kenya and India.
- fibl.org: Development and Cooperation
- la-razon.com: 6 héctareas para el centro de investigación del cacao en Alto Beni
- Zundel, Ch.; Kilcher, L. and Mäder, P. (2008) What can organic agriculture contribute to sustainable development? – Long-term comparisons of farming systems in the tropics. Cultivating the Future Based on Science. 2nd Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), in the Frame of the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress, Modena, Italy, June 18-20, 2008