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Agroecological farming ‘can double food production in Africa over next 10 years’
8th March, 2011
Low-input farming projects, not reliant on chemical fertilisers and pesticides, have brought significant increases in food production in Africa, south-east Asia and South America, according to a UN report
Small-scale farmers can double food production within 10 years in Africa by using ecological methods rather than chemical fertilisers, a new UN report demonstrates.
In a review of agroecological farming projects, which focus on a minimal use of external inputs, like chemical fertilisers, in favour of controlling pests and disease with natural predators, mixed crop and livestock management and agroforestry (interplanting of trees and crops), the report found average increases in crop yield of 80 per cent in 57 less-industrialised countries. In Africa the average increase was 116 per cent.
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