June 2022

Fighting drought: growing spaces for organic farming and agroecology

Today marks the World Day for Combating Desertification and Drought, a central challenge that must be overcome. And in the fight against climate change, organic agriculture can and must play a leading role.

Over the past 25 years, Italy's arable land area has shrunk by a quarter. A dramatic figure that highlights how in the past decades land consumption has compromised such a vital and strategic sector for the country. And which, thanks precisely to its multifunctionality, can represent an extraordinary guardian of territorial protection and preservation.

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought poses a call to reverse the trend. Make room for policies to protect soil and landscape, incentivize rural development, ensure water conservation and combat hydrogeological disruption. And increasingly focus on differentiated agricultural systems, small-scale, organic and biodynamic farming that - according to FAO estimates - use 45 percent less energy and produce 40 percent fewer greenhouse gases than conventionally practiced agriculture.