Global Research

While the Swiss (FiBL), the Danish (ICROFS) and Rodale Institute in the USA have been putting science behind best practices in organic agriculture for 30 to 70 years, Africa has only had a little over 10 years of organic farming systems research.

There are five major areas of research required in agroecology:

Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition

Integrated Pest & Disease Management

Animal Nutrition & Welfare

Consumer Ed, Nutrition & Food Systems Research

Soil Fertility & Plant Nutrition

Animal Nutrition & Welfare

Consumer Ed, Nutrition & Food Systems Research

Integrated Pest & Disease Management

Market Development, Quality Management & Organisational Capacity Building

Market Development, Quality Management & Organisational Capacity Building

So far, most of the African research has focused on soil fertility and plant nutrition, though there are many new initiatives evaluating the benefits of agroecology to farmers and to the environment, and a good deal of research into “climate smart agriculture” and “conservation agriculture”.

A very brief overview of some of the specifically organic projects which already have peer-reviewed publications follows:

Africa-wide Policy Research for the African Union.

Assessment (Auerbach et al. 2021) – Link to Researchgate site
Summary for Decisionmakers (Auerbach 2021) – Link to Researchgate site

West African research.

Work from FARA and early West African Organics Research
NOARA work from Nigeria

Regional Policy Research in East Africa.

Biovision Africa Trust (Policy studies x 3) – Link to BvAT site

FiBL research in Kenya.

Papers from Dr David Amudavi

Egyptian and North African research.

SEKEM Research (Egypt)
Tunisia
Morocco

South Africa: Mandela Farming Systems Comparative Organic Research Trials.

Organic Food Systems: Meeting the Needs of Southern Africa

Our mission in Africa should be to conduct rigorous research designed to help us uncover the most effective, efficient, and regenerative farming practices. Shared with farmers and consumers worldwide, our research should act as a catalyst for change in food systems around the globe.

Organic Agriculture / Ecological Farming And Sustainable Development

Food Security

 

Ecological Intensification

 

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