Authors: Suja R. Nair
Addresses: c/o Mr. Prithviraj, Librarian CMS Business School, Jain University, 319, 17th Cross, 25th Main, JP Nagar, 6th Phase, Bangalore – 560078, India
Abstract: The rapid economic development of the Asia-Pacific region is causing climate changes, altering the growth of the agricultural markets, raising concern on issues related to food security and healthy food consumption. Countries in this region are realising the need to adopt sustainable agricultural practices. This paper with the help of an exhaustive literature review examines the potential of organic agriculture in the Asia-Pacific region with the focus being on its contribution towards sustainable development. The paper begins with reviewing the agriculture sector in the Asia-Pacific region then the benefits of organic agriculture are discussed and finally the scope of organic agriculture and the issues inhibiting its development across the Asia-Pacific region are examined. A simple framework calling for the coordinated efforts of all the stakeholders to ensure sustainable development of organic agriculture is also proposed.
Keywords: organic agriculture; Asia-Pacific region; sustainable development; food security; certification; climate change; agro-ecosystem; sustainability; agribusiness; agricultural markets; healthy food; sustainable agriculture; literature review.
International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 2015 Vol.7 No.3/4, pp.284 - 299
Received: 27 Mar 2015
Accepted: 24 Jul 2015
Published online: 24 Oct 2015 *