Benefits of Organic Agriculture as a Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy for Developing Countries

Organic agriculture (OA) is a concrete and promising strategy for adaptation to climate change and variability for rural communities has additional potential as a mitigation strategy.

OA is a sustainable livelihood strategy with decades of use in several climate zones and widely variable local conditions. Its financial requirements for adaptation or mitigation are low. Further research is needed on yields from OA and its mitigation and sequestration potential. Other critical aspects to consider are information provision and institutional structures.

Reducing Global Warming: The Potential of Organic Agriculture

Organic agriculture complements emission reduction efforts with its major sequestration potential,
which is based on the intensive humus production (requiring CO2) of the fertile soils. In comparison
to conventional agriculture, OA also directly contributes to emission reductions as it emits less
N2O from nitrogen application (due to lower nitrogen input), less N2O and CH4 from biomass
waste burning (as burning is avoided), and requires less energy, mainly due to zero chemical fertilizer

United Nations Development Programme & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities

UNDP Newsletter Highlights UN Joint Programmes Funded by the MDG Spanish Fund and Community Based Adaptation

UNDP’s Environment and Energy Group (EEG) has released the second issue of the UNDP Adaptation Bulletin, which highlights the organization’s support for the development of national, sub-national and community level capacities to adapt and build resilience against climate change risks. The newsletter provides information on the status of UNDP supported adaptation initiatives and individual country highlights.