Sustainability of Local Food Supply Using New Agriculture Theory in Organic Farming Context in Uttarakhand, India

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to explore the changes in livelihood of group of farmers in Dehradun, Uttarakhand India that had converted from conventional to organic farming. This research also based on secondary data using New Agriculture Theory (NTA) as a guideline of proper resource management in land and water. The research was inductive and qualitative with semi- structured face-to-face interviews were carried out with 15 farmers who had converted from conventional to organic agriculture mainly in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The results of the study show that smallholder organic farms in India achieve the same or even slightly higher yield as conventional farms, though nutrient inputs are considerably lower and more labor input compare to conventional farms. Organic farming has the potential for more sustainable use of natural resources, reduces overall vulnerability of farm households but drop of yields due to switching over to organic farming and opportunistic behaviour of some farmers are some of the immediate constraints. It was recommended for government to support more farmer’s financially in promoting organic farming and to simplify the certification process and developing market linkages for benefit of the farmers, more awareness from local consumer about the important of organic products



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Ricardo Situmeang, Del Institute of Technology, Indonesia

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Conference: ACSEE2015
Stream: Environmental Sustainability and Human Consumption: Food and Water

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