Ecological Farming in Africa
About 70% of Africa’s population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods; making it the backbone of most African economies. Despite this, food sovereignty remains a problem and a cause for concern.
Some have argued that agri-business and industrial agriculture is the solution to food insecurity, however, it is no longer a secret that an agri-business driven agenda is aimed at pushing industrial agriculture on Africa. Industrial agriculture presents one of the most urgent threats to the environment and food security facing the world today. It relies on inputs of fossil-fuel intensive synthetic fertilisers, pesticides and genetically engineered seeds.
These expensive inputs result in debt and economic insecurity for small holder farmers especially. This debt-driven agriculture is also a big contributor to global climate change. It destroys biodiversity, degrades soils, pollutes land, freshwater and coastlines, creating health risks from field to fork, and consolidates control over the food system amongst a handful of corporate giants.
It is against this backdrop that, Greenpeace is campaigning for the intensification of ecological farming as the solution to food insecurity and environmental protection. Ecological farming ensures healthy farming and food for today and tomorrow, by protecting soil, water and climate.
This system of farming also promotes biodiversity and most importantly, it does not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs or genetic engineering. It uses locally available resources to increase resilience to climate change and encourages food production that is healthy for people and the planet.
In the economic resilience study the interviewed farmers were making more money using ecological farming as opposed to chemical inputs.
Our goal is to mainstream ecological farming in Africa by showing its benefits: Food production using ecological farming ensures healthy farming and healthy food for today and tomorrow, by protecting soil, water and climate, promotes biodiversity, and does not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs or genetic engineering. It uses locally available resources to increase resilience to climate change and encourages food production that is healthy for people and the planet. Read more
But also exposing agribusiness’ drive to increase profits at the cost of farmers’ livelihoods and food security.
Our role will be to help up-scale and promote ecological farming solutions that are already being practiced successfully by farmers.