Industrial agriculture inefficient against world hunger


Texte originale se trouve dans le Courrier du 21.02.2015

par Benito Perez

Faced with the current propaganda for the development of GM crops in Africa in order to reduce hunger, a SwissAid campaign modestly tries to put the record straight.

“In Burkina Faso, transgenic cotton was imposed on the farmers under the pretext of increased yields and reduced need for treatment. But none of this has been confirmed. Seeds are almost ten times more expensive, and there is pervasive genetic contamination. It is a failure,” declares Aline Zongo in Burkina Faso responsible for Copagen (African Coalition for the Protection of African Genetic Heritage) supported by SwissAid.

The NGO estimated, following many experts, that an organic agriculture is “better able to meet the challenges of the future in terms of food supply; especially in the context of African countries, with the rich and fragile biodiversity harmed by the introduction of GMOs and industrial crops.”

Organic agriculture does not only help fight against soil erosion and improve storage, but also to fight climate change, avoiding the use of expensive inputs in natural resources and energy.

With more bearable financing to small farmers the result iss altogether attractive. According to Cherno Jalo, a collaborator of Swissaid in Guinea-Bissau, “organic agriculture has enabled our partners to increase their grain production of more than 35%.”

The Swiss NGO has committed to help nine countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America with projects on organic agriculture. In 2014, donations collected amounted to 12.25 million francs.