Organic in Africa

A segment on Marketplace this morning looked at the state of organic farming in Africa. Farmers in Rwanda have trouble acquiring chemical fertilizers. As a result, many are turning to organic methods.



Since organic produce is in such demand, efforts are also underway to support these farmers in getting their produce certified by Global Gap so that they can sell their products in developed countries.

To me, organic is only one part of the equation. Supporting farmers in supplying their local communities with the food they need is just as, if not more, important. Will trade incentives encourage farmers to ship their food halfway around the world rather than supplying food to the people at home who might need it more? Is this a minor concern compared to the income that these farmers forfeit if they don't tap into global markets?