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,
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.
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.
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.