The project in brief

Project title: Productivity and Profitability of Organic and Conventional Farming Systems (ProEcoOrganicAfrica): A Comparative Analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa

Duration: 2013-2016

Project sites: Ghana and Kenya

Implemented by: Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland

Main Implementing Partners:

  • Ghana:  Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Directorate of Crops Services; the University of Ghana (UoG); and Agro Eco - Louis Bolk Institute (LBI)
  • Kenya: Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)
  • International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
  • International Federation of the Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)

 Supported financially by:

  • Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation (Hivos),
  • Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)

 ProEcoOrganicAfrica is implemented in close consultation with:

  • African Organic Network (AfrONet)
  • International Institute of Organic Agriculture (IITA)
  • Forum of Agricultural Research (FARA)
  • Biovision Africa Trust (BVAT)

Productivity and Profitability of Organic and Conventional Farming Systems

A Comparative Analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa (2013 – 2016)

The project "ProEcoOrganicAfrica" will generate comparative scientific evidence on the productivity and profitability of conventional and organic production systems in Ghana and Kenya, with an emphasis on the gender dimension to farming. This will help to address the gaps in availability of solid data and scientific evidence on the benefits and drawbacks of certified and non-certified organic production systems in Africa in comparison with conventional low- and high- input production systems. Such solid data and evidence are key to informing and influencing decision taking and practice by farmers, extension agents and managers from public and private institutions including investors while also being fundamental to policy making in the agriculture, food and nutrition security and related sectors.

This will contribute to the goal of improved rural livelihoods, including food, nutrition and income security in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) through climate-smart intensification of agricultural systems. The project is implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) together with partners from Ghana and Kenya started in July 2013. It is financially supported by the Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation (Hivos), and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).

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