Current agriculture and food systems are far from being sustainable and the methods used in food production are questionable and often detrimental to the environment; almost 800 million people have insufficient food. Since the adoption in September 2015 of Agenda 2030 and the associated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there has been a hope that the international community will now be sufficiently motivated to implement these goals in the next 15 years.
The organization “Sustainable Use of Plant Diversity” (SUPD) is introducing fuel efficient stoves in Kaliro District in Uganda in order to ensure that tree cover can be restored. In this area, tree cutting is approaching its peak. Tree cutting has been accelerated by the increasing poverty and land uses including increasing crop cultivation. 42% of the district’s population is below the poverty line.
A long-term study by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Kenya has shown clearly that organic agriculture not only generates comparable yields, but also produces more income and health benefits for farmers than conventional methods.