The declared aim of this scientifically qualified project is to promote organic farming as an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional agricultural methods in East Africa. In order to increase awareness of organic farming among the rural population, regular features are planned in the monthly newspaper for farmers „The Organic Farmer“ TOF as well as a programme on „TOF Radio“, (see Biovision Project Farmers’ newspaper „The Organic Farmer“ and Radio). ( Biovisions-Project farmer newspaper „The Organic Farmer“ and Radio ).
The different methods of cultivation (conventional and organic) are compared in a field trial. Of particular interest is the relationship between organic farming methods and yield, as well as quality and shelf-life of produce. First scientifically proven results showed that with good soil, especially good soil fertility, and sufficient rainfall, crop yields after converting to organic cultivation from conventional methods were equal.
In areas where soil quality was not as good, organic cultivation produced half the crop yield of conventional methods, and the use of more fertilisers did not lead to higher crop yield. Under such conditions, the use of expensive fertilisers is not worthwhile for farmers. It is more important to increase soil fertility in a sustainable way.
Locations in Kenya; Thika and Chuka in different agroecological zones were selected along with areas in Bolivia and India. At both locations a field day is carried out, where interested farmers can inform themselves on organic farming and the field trials
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