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Monday, 26 April 2010

African farmers growing organic foods for European market

African farmers are making more money producing organically grown crops for European markets, where demand for healthier food is growing. Nearly 5,000 farmers in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, and Sierra Leone are exporting organically-grown produce to Europe, after gaining organic and fair-trade certification with help from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The program focuses on all stages of production from planting and harvesting to packaging and promotion, increasing the profitability of farmers who previously struggled to afford costly chemical fertilizers.

Source: Voice of America