Organics Better for Farmers
Low-cost organic inputs resulted in higher prices.
In a recent announcement, the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture shared findings from a 10-year study in Thika and Chuka in Kenya. The project is exploring what happens when lower cost organic inputs are used for farming corn. This work mirrors that of similar projects happening in India and Bolivia, with the project in Bolivia investigating how similar techniques affect coffee production.
In Kenya, the study compared a variety of organic techniques to each other. Paying less for farming inputs and being able to obtain higher prices for corn at the market enabled farmers to earn higher incomes in the fifth year of the study.
Organizations involved in supporting the Kenyan project include the Biovision Foundation, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Liechtenstein Development Service and the Swiss supermarket chain Coop.
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