Who We Are

Our History

The Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative was born out of a resolution by the African Union Heads of State and Governments in 2011 to support organic agriculture passed during the Eighteenth Ordinary Session, 24-28 January 2011, EX.CL/Dec.621 (XVIII) and stipulates as follows:

The Executive Council,

  1. TAKES NOTE of the Report of the Conference of Ministers of Agriculture held in Lilongwe, Malawi on 28 and 29 October 2010 on Organic Farming, and ENDORSES the Resolution contained therein;
  2. EXPRESSES concern over the current practice of exploitation of the organic farmers in Africa;
  3. REQUESTS the Commission and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) to:
  4. Initiate and provide guidance for an African Union (AU)-led coalition of international partners on the establishment of an African organic farming platform based on available best practices; and
  5. Provide guidance in support of the development of sustainable organic farming systems and improve seed quality;
  6. CALLS UPON development partners to provide the necessary technical and financial support for the implementation of this Decision;
  7. REQUESTS the Commission to report regularly on the implementation of this Decision.

 

Following the decision, the African Union Commission, in collaboration with PELUM Kenya and partners supporting ecological organic agriculture, organized an inception workshop to discuss how to implement this decision in May, 2011 in Thika Kenya, with financial support from the SSNC. The workshop successfully resulted in a roadmap, concept note and development of an African Organic Action Plan for mainstreaming ecological organic agriculture into national agricultural production systems by 2025. With support from SSNC, the initiative was successfully piloted in six countries; Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda from East Africa; Zambia from Southern Africa: and Nigeria from Western Africa. At the same time, baseline studies were conducted in Benin, Mali and Senegal under BvAT’s coordination and SDC’s financial support. Further planning meetings were conducted culminating in the development of an 8-country project proposal.

Since its birth, the initiative has achieved considerable success, beginning with successful pilot activities in 2012/ 13, across six countries; Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Nigeria, supported by SSNC. Baseline studies were also conducted in Benin, Mali and Senegal with coordination by Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) and support from Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC).

Currently, the EOA initiative is supported by SDC and SSNCand is in the process of implementing the 2015 – 2020 Action Plan.

Development Goal:

To contribute to mainstreaming of Ecological Organic Agriculture into national agricultural production systems by 2025 to improve agricultural productivity, food security, access to markets and sustainable development in Africa.

The Mission:

To promote ecologically sound strategies and practices among diverse stakeholders involved in production, processing, marketing and policy making to safeguard the environment, improve livelihoods, alleviate poverty and guarantee food security among farmers in Africa.

The Objectives:

  1. To increase documentation of information and knowledge on organic agricultural products along the complete value chain and support relevant actors to translate it into practices and wide application.
  2. To systematically inform producers about the EOA approaches and good practices and motivate their uptake through strengthening access to advisory and support services.
  3. To substantially increase the share of quality organic products at the local, national, regional and global markets.
  4. To strengthen inclusive stakeholder engagement in organic commodities value chain development by developing national, regional and continental multi-stakeholder platforms to advocate for changes in public policy, plans and practices.