Throughout the era of Green Revolution, invention of high-yielding crops, expansion of irrigated areas, utilization of high analysis NPK fertilizers and increase in cropping intensity, enforced towards self-reliance in food production. Organic farming fulfill the needs of poor and food insecure people by pertaining their access to adequate food at all times through nutrition- and gender-sensitive safety nets; strengthening their access to land, water and other productive assets; building their capacities for sustainable agricultural intensification in the face of multiple natural resource challenges and climate change; enabling them to market their produce on more favorable terms; assisting them to reduce the amount of food they lose post-harvest; strengthening their ability to find economic opportunities off the farm; and supporting them to use the locally produced food they have to improve the nutritional status of all family members. The market for organic products – at local and international level – has tremendous growth prospects and offers creative producers and exporters in the South excellent opportunities to improve their income and living conditions.
Sustainable Development of Organic Agriculture presents peer-reviewed contributions around the globe by leading eminent authors, researchers and scientists in the field of organic agriculture, sustainability and consumer preferences, sustainable horticulture and other related areas of biodiversity science. Containing case studies and reviews on organic agriculture, it also focuses on horticulture and pest management, use of microorganisms, composting, crop rotation, environmentally friendly farming, organic milk and meat production, as well as ecological aspects. This unique book addresses a wide array of topics from all continents, making it a valuable tool for students, researchers and agriculturists who are associated with biodiversity, agroecology and sustainable development of agricultural resources.