Lead Coordinating Organisations

This role is played by Biovision Africa Trust and PELUM Kenya to provide coordination and support to EOA. Biovision Africa Trust represents the contribution of the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) in 8 countries; whereas PELUM Kenya represents the contribution of Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) in Eastern Africa.

Biovision Africa Trust

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) is a not-for-profit organization established in Kenya in 2009 by the Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development in Switzerland and supported by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. BvAT’s goal is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and other African countries through supporting dissemination of information and knowledge on appropriate technology to improve human, animal, plant, and environmental health. This is through ecologically sustainable solutions, which are a practical alternative for African farmers to achieve food security and better welfare without relying on expensive chemical fertilizers and pesticides. BvAT provides secretariat to the Continental Steering Committee of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Africa. For more information on BvAT, please visit http://biovisionafricatrust.org/

PELUM-Kenya

PELUM stands for Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM). It is a network of Civil Society Organizations / NGOs working with small-scale farmers in 10 countries across East, Central and Southern Africa. The Association membership has over 250 member organisations.  PELUM-Kenya is the Kenyan country chapter of the PELUM Association and has a membership of 44 member organizations. PELUM-Kenya has been involved in the EOA Initiative since inception, and was among the conveners of a workshop that led to its establishment. For more information on PELUM-Kenya, please visit http://pelum.net/

Secretariats

Biovision Africa Trust

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) is a not-for-profit organization established in Kenya in 2009 by the Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development in Switzerland and supported by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. BvAT’s goal is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and other African countries through supporting dissemination of information and knowledge on appropriate technology to improve human, animal, plant, and environmental health. This is through ecologically sustainable solutions, which are a practical alternative for African farmers to achieve food security and better welfare without relying on expensive chemical fertilizers and pesticides. BvAT provides secretariat to the Continental Steering Committee of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Africa. For more information on BvAT, please visit http://biovisionafricatrust.org/

PELUM-Kenya

PELUM stands for Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM). It is a network of Civil Society Organizations / NGOs working with small-scale farmers in 10 countries across East, Central and Southern Africa. The Association membership has over 250 member organisations.  PELUM-Kenya is the Kenyan country chapter of the PELUM Association and has a membership of 44 member organizations. PELUM-Kenya has been involved in the EOA Initiative since inception, and was among the conveners of a workshop that led to its establishment. For more information on PELUM-Kenya, please visit http://pelum.net/

OBEPAB

The Organisation Béninoise pour la Promotion de l’Agriculture Biologique (OBEPAB) is a civil society organization that was founded in 1995 to promote organic farming in Benin, West Africa. OBEPAB focuses on cotton production where health and environment hazards of agricultural production are highest. The organization also runs an information and documentation center on pesticides and other alternatives, organizes workshops on pests and pesticides, besides maintaining inventories on prevalence of pesticide poisoning in Benin. For more information, please visit xxxxxx

 

Namibian Organic Association

The Namibian Organic Association (NOA) is a membership based association established by a group of dynamic farmers and consumers with the common interest of developing the organic sector in Namibia. The association has the objective to support a sustainable management system for agriculture in Namibia, that:

  • respects nature’s cycles
  • enhances environmental awareness through the sustainable improvement of the health of soil, water, plants, animals and consumers, their interconnectedness and balanced relationships 
contributes to a high level of biological diversity;
  • makes responsible use of energy and the natural resources, such as water, soil, organic matter and air;
  • respects high animal welfare standards and in particular meets animals’ species-specific behavioural needs.

The association pursues this objective with the following means:

  • To promote the efficient production of organic produce through capacity building, training, education, extension and research;
  • To develop and maintain Namibian Organic Standards for organic production, processing and labeling;
  • To maintain a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) which guarantees that the organic standards are followed by the producer and/or processor;
  • To protect the “organic” labelling for locally organic produced and/or processed products as owner of a registered trademark;
  • To assist with organised marketing of organic produce locally and internationally;
  • To strengthen and maintain a positive relationship amongst producers, buyers processors and consumers of organic products;
  • To serve as a mouthpiece and contact point of the organic industry in Namibia and internationally;
  • To create a spirit of co-operation amongst the various organic industry players;
  • To promote co-operation amongst organic producers in respect of obtaining inputs, storing, handling and processing of organic produce to maximize economic viability of the organic sector in Namibia.
  • To convey the opinion of the organic producers and consumers to the Government and Governmental Institutions and co-operate with them in eliminating obstacles.
  • To increase awareness for organic agriculture in Namibia.

For more information on NOA, please visit http://www.noa.org.na/content/about-us/about-us-1