Benefits of Organic Agriculture as a Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy for Developing Countries
AbstractOrganic agriculture, as an adaptation strategy to climate change and variability, is a concrete and promising option for rural communities and has additional potential as a mitigation strategy. This article is a short review of this topic. Adaptation and mitigation based on organic agriculture can build on well-established practice because organic agriculture is a sustainable livelihood strategy with decades of use 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 critical points are information provision and institutional structures such as market access.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Resources For the Future in its series Discussion Papers with number dp-09-09-efd.
Date of creation: 22 Apr 2009
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adaptation; climate change; climate variability; mitigation; organic agriculture; rural development; sustainable livelihoods; vulnerability;
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