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The European Union supports organic research in Europe.

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Organic RDD 2
The danish Organic Research, Development and Demonstration Programme, RDD 2, runs from 2014-2018.

 

Organic RDD
The Danish Organic Research, Developmnent and Demonstration Programme, ran from 2011-2013.


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The research programme DARCOF III ran in 2006- 2010 and consisted of 15 individual projects.

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DARCOF III project:

Sustainability of organic farming
in a global food chains perspective

 

Project background


Projektleaflet (uk)

Projektleaflet (dk)

 


Objective

 

The overall aim of the project is to clarify how certified organic farming can reduce local as well as global adverse environmental impacts while improving the living conditions for small-scale farmers in developing countries.

 


Preliminary results

For metropolises in Egypt, Brazil and China, there is considerable growth in locally produced organic products via locally organised chains. The locally organised chains are typically based on large-scale and specialised production. Resource-poor farmers have difficulties in accessing these markets and thus have limited benefit from the development. These factors weaken the importance of organic farming both in the fight against poverty and as an environmental asset in these countries.

Overall, the organic production is organised according to the logic of the customers with focus on specialised production and substitution of non-organic input for a given crop with an organic input. In this way, organic production only to a smaller extent supports agroecological farming principles. It should not be underestimated, however, that chemical spraying is avoided, which has a significant positive effect on the health of the involved producers compared to conventional production.

There is a considerable difference in how organic farming is supported in the different countries, from support over a wide front with research, development, etc. in, for example, Brazil, to primarily concentrating on sorting out certification procedures in, for example, China.

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Project leader


John E Hermansen, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus University,
Research Centre Foulum,
P.O. Box 50, 8830 Tjele.

Tlf.: +45 8999 1236.
E-mail: john.hermansen@agrsci.dk



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