Special Issue "Innovative Strategies in Organic Farming Systems"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Systems and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Christian Bruns
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, University of Kassel, 37213 Witzenhausen, Hesse, Germany
Interests: plant nutrition; organic potato; legumes; organic matter managment; composting; soil-borne diseases; resilience
Prof. Dr. Elmar Schulte Geldermann
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Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture, School of Life Sciences, Bingen University of Applied Sciences, Berlinstrasse 109, 55411 Bingen, Germany
Interests: organic farming; sustainable plant production system; potato and horticultural agronomy; potato seed production technologies; seed borne diseases; adaptation to climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organic farming is gaining global importance as it is practiced on more than 70 million hectares, with annual growth rates of 2 million hectares in recent years. The increasing demand for healthy, pesticide-free, and environmentally sound products as well as the well described advantages in regard to eco-system services of organic systems are the major drivers of this growth.

However, depending on farm system and farm management as well as pedo-climatic conditions, considerable yield gaps can be observed compared to conventional farming systems and hence are debated alongside impacts on global food security and system sustainability. Therefore, research in organic farming needs to focus on innovative solutions that integrate ecosystem services, productivity and efficient use of the natural resource base. This Special Issue will provide a multidisciplinary overview of innovative solutions for organic farming systems in different agro-ecologies and for various socio-economic situations across the globe that provide pathways for a transition to more sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Dr. Christian Bruns
Prof. Dr. Elmar Schulte Geldermann
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Organic farming systems
  • innovation
  • eco-intensification
  • sustainable intensification
  • resilience and sustainability
  • cropping systems
  • multiscale ecosystems-services
  • pedoclimatic implications
  • socio-ecological approach
  • yield gap
  • food security
  • agroecology

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Perceptions of Smallholder Farmers towards Organic Farming in South Africa
Agriculture 2021, 11(11), 1157; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/agriculture11111157 - 18 Nov 2021
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In South Africa, smallholder farming is an important aspect of livelihood. More so, organic farming is increasingly becoming popular among farmers. However, many studies undertaken focused on the trade possibilities of the industry leaving the farmers’ perceptions underrepresented. This study, therefore, aims to [...] Read more.
In South Africa, smallholder farming is an important aspect of livelihood. More so, organic farming is increasingly becoming popular among farmers. However, many studies undertaken focused on the trade possibilities of the industry leaving the farmers’ perceptions underrepresented. This study, therefore, aims to capture the farmers’ opinions by evaluating the critical factors and policy implications of organic farming in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. A total of 220 semi-structured questionnaires were administered to smallholder farmers in the province. The results revealed that organic farming is gaining recognition according to 82.8% of the participants, and 86.6% believed that organic farming has high-profit returns. However, 88.4% of the respondents agreed that the required standards for organic farming are too restrictive while a further 74.6% indicated that organic farming certification is difficult to obtain. The results also indicated a statistically significant difference in the perceived benefits of organic farming (p ≤ 0.001) and access to markets (p = 0.042). Based on the results, the study suggests more awareness, training and ease of certification as a way forward in changing the perceptions of the farmers in the province. Full article
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