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Organic farming for sustainable livelihoods in developing countries?
The case of cotton in India
by Frank Eyhorn
Publisher: vdf Hochschulverlag AG, ETH Zürich, 2007Based on the example of cotton farming in India, this research
examines in how far conversion to organic management can be a viable
option for improving the livelihoods of farmers in developing countries.
While cotton cultivation provides livelihood for an estimated 10
million Indian households, stagnating cotton yields, high input costs
and low cotton prices have led many of them into indebtedness. By
substituting synthetic fertilizers and pesticides with farm-own
resources and labour, organic farming not only could have the potential
to improve natural resource management, but also to reduce production
costs and obtain a better price for the produce. Development agencies
and companies are increasingly trying to utilize this potential by
organizing organic farmer groups and linking them to the growing market
demand in industrialized countries.
Eyhorn, F. 2007. Organic farming for sustainable livelihoods in developing countries? The case of cotton in India. Zürich: vdf Hochschulverlag ETH Zürich. ISBN 978-3-7281-3111-9
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