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Organic agriculture, livelihoods and development

Halberg, Niels and Müller, Adrian (2013) Organic agriculture, livelihoods and development. In: Halberg, Niels and Müller, Adrian (Eds.) Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 1-20.

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The present global food system is far from ideal and it is not sustainable, especially because of the lack of food security for large populations, the distribution and use patterns of food, and the externalities in terms of pollution and overuse and destruction of critical resources. But, there are many promising examples and initiatives of alternative development pathways which seek to combine improved food security and rural development with sustainable use of natural resources and enhancement of ecosystems services. This book takes a critical look at one group of such initiatives, the development and promotion of organic farming systems. In particular, it aims at investigating to what extent and under which conditions organic agriculture may contribute to environmental improvement, rural development and better livelihoods. In this, we consider organic agriculture to be a ‘laboratory’ for development of future sustainable food production.
The definition of organic agriculture and description of the principles and forms of this production form is given below, following a brief overview of the problems at stake and the interdependencies between food production, natural resource management and poor rural people’s livelihoods. Then a short outline of the chapters and case studies in this book is given.


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Food systems, socio-econimics
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
Englishsustainable livelihoodshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_9000157
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Food systems
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: Denmark > ICROFS - International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
International Organizations > Other organizations
ISBN:978–1–84971–295–8 (hbk)
Deposited By: Grand, Mr Gregor
ID Code:25615
Deposited On:09 Apr 2014 09:04
Last Modified:09 Apr 2014 09:04
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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