Organic cotton production as an adaptation option in north-west Benin

Kloos, Julia and Renaud, Fabrice G., (2014). Organic cotton production as an adaptation option in north-west Benin. Outlook on Agriculture, 43 85-90

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  • Sub-type Journal article
    Author Kloos, Julia
    Renaud, Fabrice G.
    Title Organic cotton production as an adaptation option in north-west Benin
    Appearing in Outlook on Agriculture
    Volume 43
    Publication Date 2014
    Place of Publication Berlin
    Publisher IP Publishing Ltd
    Start page 85
    End page 90
    Language eng
    Abstract

    Organic agriculture is increasingly recognized as an adaptation measure to support sustainable livelihoods under a changing climate. This study assesses how it constitutes a suitable adaptation strategy in north-west Benin to make rural households more resilient to the increased likelihood of flooding, highintensity rainfall or droughts. Based on household interviews, focus group discussions and expert interviews in villages around the Pendjari National Park, it was found that agricultural practices of organic cotton production directly reduced the most frequent climatic risks that households faced, and indirectly contributed to reducing economic risks and to empowering women. But there are also obstacles, such as the availability of sufficient organic material and the need for transport to dispersed fields, which currently limit adaptation potential.

    Copyright Holder IP Publishing Ltd.
    Copyright Year 2014
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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