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Benefits of Organic Agriculture as a Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy in Developing Countries

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  • Muller, Adrian

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    (Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich)

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Organic agriculture as an adaptation strategy to climate change and variability is a concrete and promising option for adaptation in rural communities. Organic agriculture has additional potential as a mitigation strategy. This text is a short review article on this topic. Adaptation and mitigation based on organic agriculture can build on well-established practice, as organic agriculture is a sustainable livelihood strategy with decades of experience in several climate zones and under a wide range of specific local conditions. The financial requirements of organic agriculture as an adaptation or mitigation strategy are low. Further research is needed on yields in organic agriculture and its mitigation and sequestration potential. Other key critical points are information provision and institutional structures such as market access.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 343.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 20 Jan 2009
Date of revision: 01 Feb 2009
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0343

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Keywords: adaptation; climate change; mitigation; organic agriculture; rural development; sustainable livelihoods; vulnerability;

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  1. Muller, Adrian & Olesen, Joergen & Smith, Laurence & Davis, Joan & Dytrtová, Karolína & Gattinger, Andreas & Lampkin, Nic & Niggli, Urs, 2012. "Reducing Global Warming and Adapting to Climate Change: The Potential of Organic Agriculture," Working Papers in Economics 526, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.

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