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Lusaka Declaration at African Organic Conference

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300 participants from 35 countries gathered at the 2nd African Organic Conference (AOC2) held in Lusaka, Zambia from 2 to 4 May 2012 on the theme “Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture in the African Development Agenda”. They agreed that organic agriculture plays a key role in sustainable development, food security, poverty reduction, environmental security, climate change adaptation, human health, preservation of indigenous knowledge, plant varieties and animal breeds as well as socio-cultural development. (Picture: Excellence Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia's first president)
 

They shared international research results confirming that the adoption of organic agriculture practices significantly increases yields and improves livelihoods and food security in Africa. Based on locally available renewable resources instead of purchased chemical inputs (over 90 % of which are imported in sub-Saharan Africa), organic producers are less vulnerable to international input price volatility. Moreover organic agriculture is climate smart agriculture, as it produces lower emissions and also provides much greater resilience in times of climate extremes such as drought and heavy rains. (Picture: West African meeting during the conference)

The full Lusaka Declaration is available here. Conference agenda, papers and power point presentations are available at conference website: www.africanorganicconference.com
 


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