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Currently, EOA Initiative is being implemented in 8 Africa countries [East Africa – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania & Ethiopia (SDC and SSNC) and West Africa – Nigeria, Senegal, Benin and Mali (SDC)] with financial support from SDC’s Global Programme for Food Security (GPFS), SSNC-SIDA support (committed up to 2015) and AUC – support to trainings in Organic Standards, Certification Systems and marketing and Various Steering Committee meetings.
The selection of these countries was based on the knowledge that there are existing initiatives in the area of ecological organic agriculture, the country Governments are committed to supporting the further development of ecological organic agriculture, and there are some farmer organizations and other relevant strong institutions, such as national organic agriculture movements (NOAMs) on the ground to support the initiative. In some countries such as Kenya, Mali and Ethiopia a relevant related project, the Biovision’s Changing Course in Global Agriculture (CCGA’s) is being implemented. The project draws on the IAASTD findings, and is supported by the Millennium Institute to advocate for the integration of sustainable agricultural principles into national, regional and global development plans. It was therefore appropriate for the EOA Initiative to build on CCGA’s activities and tap into the existing synergies where the same initiative was piloted with support from SIDA through the SSNC.
At the National level of implementation, the initiative is coordinated nationally by the Country Lead Organisations (CLOs) and Pillar Implementing Partners (PIPs).
The CLOS are responsible for coordination of pillar activity implementation by the PIPS, disbursement of funds to implementing partners as per the proposal and signed work agreements and contracts, supervision and monitoring of implementation of pillar activities, supporting building of networks and enabling experience sharing across pillars, catalyzing the process of forming National Platforms and Reporting to National Platforms, AfrONet and Development partners.
The Pillar Implementing Partners (PIPs) oversee implementing the Pillar Strategic areas.
The CLOs and PIPs were selected and elected by National Stakeholders who came together through inception workshops to form National Platforms that democratically elected competent CLOs and PIPs.
Country Lead Organizations