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July 22, 2009

HOW ORGANIC FARMING COULD HELP AFRICA

IPS - In June, the aid organization Oxfam warned that sub-Saharan Africa will suffer great maize losses of up to two billion dollars annually due to changing global patterns.

The region is susceptible to water shortage, natural disasters and drought. Experts warn that Africa's scarce resources have to be used carefully to ensure food security.

According to Raymond Auerbach, a well-known advocate of organic farming in Africa, research done by a number of organizations proves that organic farming can double or treble production in the developing world. It reduces non-solar energy use by 33 to 56 percent; it uses water up to 40 percent more effectively and organically produced food has higher levels of vital nutrients. . .

A 2008 report by the United Nations Environment Program showed that in 114 projects in 24 African countries crop yields more than doubled when organic farming methods were used.

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