Converting to organic agriculture can improve farmer livelihoods

Aug 15, 2013

Soy field in spring with beautiful blue sky and white fluffy clouds

In a study published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, researchers examined 31 documented cases of farmers converting from conventional systems to organic and resource-conserving agriculture to examine the impact this conversion had on their livelihoods. The study found yields improved in 76 percent of observed cases, food security improved in 87.5 percent of cases, and net income improved in 82.6 percent of cases. While the size of the sampling in this study is small, the strong findings suggest that organic agriculture has the potential to improve livelihood factors for farmers.

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