Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through organic agriculture: empowering poor women to build the future

The paper presents empirical evidence from ADBI studies which outlines the positive contributions of organic agriculture in fostering gender equality and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Organic agriculture has been an attractive development strategy in achieving the Millennium Development Goals for developing countries, particularly owing to its low capital requirements. As evidenced in 11 studies financed by the Asian Development Bank Institute in 2005–2006, organic agricultural practices in selected Asian countries showed positive impacts on environment, biodiversity, and in particular on incomes and health for women farmers. In the Sustainable Development Goals era, organic agriculture remains relevant to help countries achieve their sustainable development goals.

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