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

Müller, Adrian (2009) Benefits of Organic Agriculture as a Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy in Developing Countries. Discussion Paper Series, no. EfD DP 09-09.

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Organic 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 wellestablished
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.


EPrint Type:Working paper
Keywords:adaptation, climate change, climate variability, mitigation, organic agriculture, rural development, sustainable livelihoods, vulnerability, Nachhaltigkeit, Klimawandel
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Sustainability > Climate Change
Switzerland > Zürich University
Related Links:http://www.efdinitiative.org
Deposited By: Muller, Adrian
ID Code:16506
Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 11:57
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:41
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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