Whilst some believe that organic agriculture could play a bigger role in helping feed the
world, environmental advocates see it as one option in a number of more sustainable
approaches to farming.
Organic approaches such as nutrient recycling (which uses organic waste as a fertiliser)
are also important in parts of the world where producers cannot afford conventional
agricultural inputs. According to Michelle Deugd, director of agriculture at the Rainforest
Alliance In Africa, farmers make use of organic means in farming by default because
they don’t have access to chemicals.
Increasing the amount of organic farming is not easy, particularly for smallholders in
developing countries. However, while organic farming is unlikely to become a dominant
form of agriculture, in some countries it is occupying greater proportions of farmland.
Meanwhile, interest is growing in agroecology, which combines traditional farming with
scientific knowledge and focuses on the interactions between plants, animals, humans
and the environment. Last year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization launched an initiative designed to scale up agroecology to help meet the Sustainable Development