By Christian Hulsebusch, Florian Wichern, Hans Hemann, Peter Wolff
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The FiBL long-term farming system comparisons in the tropics take this issue into consideration. Organic farmers not only produce more crops, but also achieve more sustainable yields, better quality, and in many cases even higher yields and incomes, mainly due to the following reasons: • • • • • • 6 In developing countries where organic agriculture is not subsidized, synthetic inputs are expensive and labour is relatively cheap, marketoriented organic farmers can achieve higher returns thanks to reduced production costs and diversified production.
Organic farmers not only produce more crops, but also achieve more sustainable yields, better quality, and in many cases even higher yields and incomes, mainly due to the following reasons: • • • • • • 6 In developing countries where organic agriculture is not subsidized, synthetic inputs are expensive and labour is relatively cheap, marketoriented organic farmers can achieve higher returns thanks to reduced production costs and diversified production. In many cases, price premiums are not a sufficient incentive to certify and market organic products.
Agroforestry creates a high diversity of plants and micro-climatic effects; it is a very sustainable production system. © FiBL, Frick, Switzerland / Photograph Lukas Kilcher One of the most important tasks on the road to organic production is to identify strategies to increase the diversity of the production system. Organic farmers in the tropics therefore combine the systems referred to above to achieve an optimal mixture of diversity in space and diversity in time. The Cuban example shows how 36 JARTS, Suppl.