Development Partners

SDC

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency. SDC is committed towards ensuring adequate food as a human right for all and provides support to smallholder farmers for the sustainable production, storage and marketing of their products, as well as continuous adaptation to changing conditions. The SDC also promotes needs-oriented research and innovation and advisory services.

SDC supports EOA initiative with the goal of ensuring more sustainable agricultural policies at the national and international levels in order to achieve sustainable agriculture and food security for all. SDC has supported the EOA initiative since inception, and so far, has offered grants to the tune of USD 6,736,842

For more information on SDC, please visit https://www.eda.admin.ch/sdc.

 

SSNC

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation is a charitable environmental organization. Climate change, seas and fishing, forests, agriculture and environmental toxins are SSNC’s priority areas of work, both nationally and globally. SSNC works in partnership with around 50 organisations in about 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, and also participates in various networks globally and within the EU. SSNC promotes sustainable consumption in order to show how production affects ecosystems and people’s health. SSNC has been supporting EOA since inception. The support so far, stands at USD 3,355,871

For more information on SSNC, please visit http://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/

 

AU Commission (DREA)

The Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) at the African Union Commission (AUC) is responsible for Rural Economy, Agriculture and Food Security, Livestock,    Environment, Water and Natural Resources and Desertification. The Head of DREA chairs the EOA Continental Steering Committee. The support so far, stands at USD 765,136. For more information on the AUC, please visit www.au.int/ .

 

Other Key Partners

IFOAM

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) works towards ensuring that the organic voice is heard on both a regional and global level through its 800 affiliates across more than 100 countries. IFOAM’s vision is the worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems that are based on the principles of Organic Agriculture. IFOAM is a member of the Continental Steering Committee (CSC) and is currently represented by Mr. Markus Arbenz. For more information, please visit https://www.ifoam.bio/en.

AfrONet

AfrONet is a continental platform aimed at enhancing development of organic agriculture in Africa. It was set up in May 2012 and endorsed as the umbrella organization uniting and representing African organic stakeholders throughout the African continent. Within the EOA initiative, it oversees implementation through functional structures to: network actors and stakeholders across regions and countries; undertake high level advocacy at high levels (AUC, RECs Development partners); support capacity building for key players in EOA; and mobilize resources for promoting organic agriculture. AfrONet is a member of the Continental Steering Committee (CSC) and is currently represented by Mr. Jordan Gama. For more information, please visit: http://afronet.bio/.

NEPAD Agency

The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) was established in 2010 to integrate NEPAD into AU structures and processes. The NEPAD Agency is the implementing agency of AU that advocates for NEPAD, facilitates and coordinates development of NEPAD continent-wide programmes and projects, mobilises resources and engages the global community, regional economic communities and member states in the implementation of these programmes and projects. IFOAM is a member of the Continental Steering Committee (CSC) .For more information on NEPAD, please visit: http://www.nepad.org/.

FAO

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an intergovernmental organization with 194 Member Nations, two associate members and one member organization, the European Union. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, FAO is present in over 130 countries and works to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity.

In 2016, the Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) and FAO jointly implemented a project on promoting agroecology in Kenya with an amount of funding of 27,000 USD

The project had three components as follows: (1). Conducting an e-consultation to identify key entry points for, as well as key areas of mainstreaming agroecology (AE) and Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) within CAADP, based on existing work and experiences. (2). To adapt the framework into a protocol, utilizing a set of indicators that are applicable and relatively easy to collect, from two contrasting farming systems in Kenya. (3). To build an overview of agroecology and EOA investment projects in sub-Saharan Africa identifying success strategies for agroecology and EOA investment projects in Africa through a desktop review. For more information on FAO, please visit http://www.fao.org/home/en/.

 

ICRAF

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is possesses the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information. The Centre generates science-based knowledge about the diverse roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes, and uses its research to advance policies and practices, and their implementation that benefit the poor and the environment. ICRAF, PELUM Kenya and Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) have been implementing EOA research activities under support from SSNC.  For more information on ICRAF, please visit http://www.worldagroforestry.org/.

Icipe

Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Icipe was established in 1970. The Centre’s mission is to use insect science for sustainable development, to ensure food security and improve the overall health of communities in Africa by addressing the interlinked problems of poverty, poor health, low agricultural productivity and environmental degradation. Icipe is the only international institution in Africa working primarily on arthropods. Biovision Africa Trust has its offices based in Icipe, duduville centre, Nairobi with icipe contributing a lot of research information to BvAT’s Farmer Communication Programme for dissemination to small holder farmers. For more information on Icipe, please visit http://www.icipe.org/.


Biovision Foundation

Biovision was founded in 1998 by Swiss World Food Prize recipient Dr. Hans Rudolf Herren, to sustainably improve life for people in Africa while conserving the environment as the basis for all life. Biovision Foundation combats hunger and poverty, and is committed to the dissemination and application of ecological methods that sustainably improve living conditions in Africa whilst also conserving the environment. Biovision Foundation founded Biovision Africa Trust in 2011.For more information on Biovision Foundation, please visit http://www.biovision.ch/en/home/

 

Key People/ EOA Coordination

Dr Janet Edeme– Head of Division, Rural Economy & Agriculture department (DREA) at AUC and Chair of Continental Steering Committee

Dr Edeme holds a B.Sc. in Botany from the University of Calabar in Nigeria, M.Sc. in Agricultural Biology (Plant Pathology) from the University of Ibadan, and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Ibadan in conjunction with Texas A&M University, College Station, USA and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. She has had a career spanning 26 years. Dr. Janet Edeme can be reached on EdemeJ@africa-union.org

Dr David Amudavi – Executive Director of Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) & EOA Project Coordinator

Dr. Amudavi has wide experience in the agricultural sector. Previously, he was a senior lecturer at Egerton University’s Department of Agricultural Education and Extension. He holds a Ph.D. in Adult and Extension Education with minors in Developmental Sociology and Natural Resource Management (NRM) from Cornell University in the USA; M.Sc. in Agricultural Science from The University of Melbourne University, Australia, and a B.Sc., in Agricultural Education and Extension from Egerton University, Kenya. Dr Amudavi was a postdoctoral fellow with ICIPE’s Push-pull project: ‘Creating smallholder led growth through ‘push-pull’ technologies in Eastern Africa.’ Dr. David Amudavi can be reached on damudavi@biovisionafrica.org

Venancia Wambua – Project Manager, EOA Initiative

Venancia is an ecologist with over 8 years’ experience in sustainable development in areas of agriculture, environment, livelihoods, policy and advocacy sectors. She holds a Master of Science in Range Management (Ecology) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Range Management from the University of Nairobi. Venancia oversees implementation of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative. Venancia can be reached on vwambua@biovisionafrica.org

Zachary Makanya – Coordinator, PELUM-Kenya Association

Zachary is a trained Water and Environmental Engineer. He has 25 years’ experience working in community and network development and environment protection. Zachary can be reached on makanya@pelum.net