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The wanted change against climate change: assessing the role of organic farming as an adaptation strategy

Sreejith Aravindakshan and Aliyaru Kunju Sherief

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Conventional input intensive agriculture practised over the last century has been a major contributor to climate change, second only to energy sector. The communities engaged in pesticide and synthetic input rich agriculture is most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Many emerging economies including India have had the opportunity to develop National Adaptation Plans of Action in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change but implementation of those programmes and strategic links to resourcing actions are often lacking. Adaptation in the agricultural sector can be seen in terms of both short-term and long-term actions. Changing to organic farming systems is the most efficient and long term adaptation strategy. Organic agriculture is believed to be the most sustainable approach against climate change ensuring food security; it employs low external input and high output strategies. This paper attempts to review the potent role of organic agriculture as an adaptation strategy to deliver a tangible and hopeful alternative towards sustainable livelihood in the backdrop of climate change. The methodology involves thorough review of scientific literature. The study discusses the carbon sequestration achieved as well as reduction in emission with respect to low pesticide use and fossil fuel based farm machinery use in organic farming. The analysis of results concludes that the organic system of farming is the most resilient adaptation strategy against climate change and offer greater potential as a sustainable livelihood mechanism in times of climate transition.

Keywords: adaptation; climate change; organic agriculture; sustainable livelihoods; vulnerability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q10 Q16 Q19 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-agr, nep-ene and nep-env
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Published in Book title : Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in Agriculture and Allied Sectors, Edited by: GSLHV Prasad Rao, Publisher: Scientific Publishers, New Delhi, India ISBN: 978-81-7233-679-0 (2011): pp. 193-200

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