At the Continental level, the initiative has well established Continental Steering Committee chaired by African Union. The CSC is the apex in the governance structure of EOA in Africa. The SC members serve to provide EOA in Africa and its membership with guidance, oversight, and decision-making regarding the operations and activities of EOA in Africa. SC members are appointed to serve on behalf of their institutions, not as individuals, and agree to represent the general interests of their sector.
The Continental Steering Committee (CSC) supports the EOA Initiative in meeting its objectives by:
The 23 Member Continental Steering Committee includes representatives of:
Continental Steering Committee Secretariat
The Secretariat provides support to the Continental Steering Committee (CSC) and its subcommittees at the direction of the CSC. Support includes planning and organizing CSC meetings; organizing periodic EOA events as determined by the CSC, promoting communication and linkages between the CSC, subcommittees, and members and developing Africa-wide information sharing tools, including a website. Currently Biovision Africa Trust has been appointed by the CSC members to host the secretariat for 5 years.
The EOA Initiative currently has 3 Regional Platforms one in West Africa, in Eastern Africa and Southern Africa. The Regional Platforms are steered and coordinated by Regional Steering Committees (RSC) having been established to to manage the Regional Platforms. The Southern Africa cluster in place but not very much actively involved because of lack of financial support.
The committees work is coordinated by Regional secretariats that have been set up in the regions.
Pelum Kenya Association, based in Kenya, is the host organization for Eastern Africa Regional Secretariat,Organisation Béninoise pour la Promotion de l’Agriculture Biologique (PABE/OBEPAB), based in Benin, is the host organization for West Africa Regional Secretariat while Namibian Organic Association hosts the Southern Africa Secretariat
The role of the regional clusters is coordinating regional actors in the region to implement the EOA agenda, engaging with the Regional Economic RECs to integrate EOA in regional and national policy and programs to improve their livelihoods, mobilizing resources from partners to support EOA activities in their clusters, developing own rules of procedures and operations in the management of the clusters. The roles are broken down in details as follows:
The National Platforms bring together various stakeholders involved in ecological organic agriculture at the national level. They are forums that convene, facilitate, advise and monitor progress of implementation of EOA in general, and Organic Agriculture in particular. Generally, the National Platform is an open forum of multi-stakeholders interested in supporting EOA development in any country in Africa .The national platforms promote specific strategic actions such as organizing policy formulation competitions among high school or undergraduate students, awarding farmers for outstanding performance or politicians for their pro-EOA political work. With experience they may as well formulate benchmarks for “good” policy work in the various agro sectors. This enhances implementation of the EOA initiative with strong integration and synergy across pillars and sectors. The platforms expect to become visible and recognized actors ensuring professional quality in management of the project.
The roles of National Platforms include:
Membership of the National Platforms includes representatives of: