Implementation

  1. Governance and support structures of EOA established: National, regional and continental steering committees and platforms for networking, experiencing sharing, institutional capacity strengthening, advocacy, etc.
  • Continental Steering Committee Chaired by the AU is functional and very proactive.
  • Regional EOA Steering Committees in Eastern Africa and West Africa are formally constituted and functional. The South Africa Steering Committee being put in place
  • BvAT is the EOA CSC secretariat for an interim period of 5 years
  • PELUM Kenya is the interim secretariat for the Eastern Africa Cluster for 5 years
  • OBEPAB in Benin is the interim secretariat for the west Africa cluster for 5 years
  • Namibia Organic Agriculture Network is the secretariat for the Southern Africa cluster
  • AfroNet is established – Umbrella organisation of African organic stakeholders

 

  1. The EOA Strategic Plan (2015-2025) and the Action Plan (2015-2020): These have been prepared and currently being translated into French and prepared for publication – steered by the CSC.
  2. Various conferences supported: The 3rd West African conference held in August 2014 in Benin, the 3rd African Organic Conference held in Nigeria in October 2015, and the changing.
  3. Capacity building undertaken: Supported the African Union Commission’s trainings in Organic standards and certification systems and in identification of Satellite Centres to provide training and extension support to smallholder farmers groups involved in organic production and marketing. Conducted 2 project and financial management trainings for partners in West and Eastern Africa. Improvements in reporting (financial and operational) and timely submission of reports noted.
  4. EOA Mid Term Review undertaken: The mid-term took stock of what had been accomplished using support provided by SDC, SSNC and AU, what had gone well, what aspects had been disappointing, and what might be adjusted in future for the project to be more effective in achieving its objectives.
  5. Review and Approval of Annual reports regularized by the CSC, an important oversight role.
  6. Working on strategies of raising resources and support for the initiative (fundraising, champions, etc): Recent discussions with SIDA (Addis), AUC & SDC discussing funding opportunities, ongoing open discussions with GIZ through the Green Innovation Centers, FAO Agroecology, etc.
  7. EOA has been closely linked to other relevant initiatives such as:
  • FAO’s Agroecology work with latest work being led by BvAT on: Potential Entry Points and Key Areas of Mainstreaming Agroecology and Ecological Organic Agriculture within CAADP and Investment Strategies for Agroecology and Ecological Organic Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The ProEcoAfrica and OFSA Projects: To generate scientific evidences (facts & figures) that EOA system potentially increases productivity, profitability & resilience hence a solution to hunger and poverty. Policy makers require research based evidence to inform policy formulation.

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