This long-term study is carrying out a systematic comparison under comparable conditions between organic and conventional methods of farming. The project in Kenya supported by Biovision is part of a wider research programme being conducted simultaneously in India and Bolivia. The study is looking at the effect of the two methods of farming on issues such as plant growth, yields, soil fertility and the quality and shelf life of produce.
The research findings to date have identified potential benefits in the use of organic farming methods - depending upon soil fertility, rainfall or stage of crop development.
In a special element of the project, farmers are working with scientists in order to develop specific solutions designed to resolve the problems they face in practice. The solutions are then tested, evaluated and fed back into the long-term scientific comparison.