Wednesday, 24 June 2015
Financial benefits of agroecology in Africa (report)
Greenpeace Africa has released a report documenting the income benefits for farmers practising ecological farming in Malawi and Kenya. It is based on field research with the World Agro-Foresty Centre and ICIPE comparing groups of farmers using chemical pesticides/fertilizers, with those not. There is an increasing literature on the YIELD benefits of ecological farming but very few studies show the INCOME benefits to farmers, comparing the two agricultural models. Remarkably, our report finds that the average profitability of maize (per acre, per year) for small farmers is three times greater for farmers promoting 'push-pull' technology (ie, no use of chemical pesticides) than for farmers using pesticides. The income benefits are especially large for women farmers.