Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods

by Niels Halberg,

This book provides a timely analysis and assessment of the potential of organic agriculture (OA) for rural development and the improvement of livelihoods. It focuses on smallholders in developing countries and in countries of economic transition, but there is also coverage of and comparisons with developed countries. It covers market-oriented approaches and challenges for OA as part of high value chains and as an agro-ecologically based development for improving food security. It demonstrates the often unrecognised roles that organic farming can play in climate change, food security and sovereignty, carbon sequestration, cost internalisations, ecosystems services, human health and the restoration of degraded landscapes. 

The chapters specifically provide readers with: 

  • an overview of the state of research on OA from socio-economic, environmental and agro-ecological perspectives
  • an analysis of the current and potential role of OA in improving livelihoods of farmers, in sustainable value chain development, and in implementation of agro-ecological methods
  • proposed strategies for exploiting and improving the potential of OA and overcoming the constraints for further development
  • a review of the strengths and weaknesses of OA in a sustainable development context
  • Taylor and Francis; August 2012
  • ISBN 9781136469374
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Author: Niels Halberg (ed.); Adrian Muller (ed.)
  • Imprint: Routledge

In The Press

"The book is a pulse of conscious people who are in search of alternatives to the present unsustainable food and agriculture system. Provides enough food for thought to shift from the present exploitative, violent farming methods to compassionate and sustainable solutions." Dr. A. Thimmaiah, Advisor (Organic Agriculture), Royal Government of Bhutan.

"Adding an important voice to the sustainable intensification discussion from the perspective of organic agriculture, this book provides a realistic and evidence-based perspective that explores the principles and advantages of organic farming methods, beginning by defining the meaning of ‘organic’ – what it is, and what it is not." – Chantel Davies, BES AeG Newsletter

About The Author

Niels Halberg is Director of the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS), Tjele, Denmark. His publications include the co-edited book Global Development of Organic Agriculture (2006). 

Adrian Muller has a dual appointment as Senior Researcher at the Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (FiBL / Research Institute of Organic Agriculture), Frick, Switzerland and at the Professorship of Environmental Policy and Economics (PEPE) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich, Switzerland.