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August 27-29, 2014: Third West African Organic Conference in Benin

(09/05/2014) 

The third West African Organic Conference will take place in Cotonou, Benin. The conference theme is Institutionalizing Ecological and Organic Agriculture in West Africa.  read more



East African Organic Conference in Tanzania in July 2013 a great success

(02/09/2013) 

"Sharing achievements made and lessons learned" was the theme of the conference, which was held in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania from Jula 2 to 4, 2013. It attracted almost 200 participants from 20 countries.  read more



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Call for papers: International Symposium on Organic Agriculture in the Mediterranean region and products with designation of origin

(07/06/2013) 

The international conference on organic agriculture in the Mediterranean will be held from the 2nd to 4th of December in Agadir, Morocco. A further important topic of the conference is distinguishing the quality of agricultural products by guarantees of their origin. The symposium is organised by... read more



New FAO publication "Organic Agriculture: African Experiences in Resilience and Sustainability"

(18/05/2013) 

The new FAO publication "Organic Agriculture: African Experiences in Resilience and Sustainability" demonstrates that organic management can benefit people, the economy and ecosystems and that this can be achieved in Africa, where hunger and degradation stubbornly persist, despite decades of... read more



July 1-5, 2013: East African Organic Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

(16/05/2013) 

From July 1 to 5 2013, the proponents of the OSEA II project* of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture MOvements (IFOAM) in partnership with the Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM) is organizing in Dar es Salaam the third East African Organic Conference under the theme... read more



Marketing organic products in Africa – New training video presented at BioFach

(15/02/2013) 

Switzerland’s Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) presents a new training video entitled “Marketing organic products in Africa – How to become an entrepreneur” at the BioFach World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg/Germany (Prag room) on Friday, February 15, 12 pm. Organisations that... read more



March 18-22, 2013: Organic Agricultural Research and Training in West Africa: Presence, Challenges and Prospects in Sierra Leone

(07/01/2013) 

The conference "Organic Agricultural Research and Training in West Africa: Presence, Challenges and Prospects" will take place from March 18-22, 2013 at Njala University, Njala, Sierra Leone. read more



Africa: First steps taken towards developing a research and innovation agenda for organic agriculture

(29/08/2012) 

At the occasion of the 2nd organic conference in Lusaka, Zambia, in May 2012, a number of organisations arranged a side event with the objective "to initiate a process for developing a common research agenda for Africa based on needs for the organic sector". Niels Halberg, Director of the... read more



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IFOAM at the Rio+20 Conference

(12/06/2012) 

Twenty years on from the original Earth Summit, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is present in Rio with a comprehensive and integrated advocacy program aimed at positioning organic agriculture and the global organic movement at the center of sustainable... read more



Second African Organic Conference (AOC2) successfully concluded

(05/06/2012) 

The Second African Organic Conference (AOC2) ”Mainstreaming organic agriculture in the African development agenda” was held in Lusaka, Zambia, from May 2 to 4, 2012. read more



Second African Organic Conference in Lusaka, Zambia: Conference details now available

(15/03/2012) 

The date of the 2nd African Organic Conference (AOC2) ”Mainstreaming organic agriculture in the African development agenda” will be held May 2 to 4, 2012 in Lusaka, Zambia. The conference will promote mainstreaming of organic agriculture in African Government policies, in African intergovernmental... read more



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March 6-13, 2012: Workshop "Curriculum Development for Postgraduate Studies in Organic Agriculture in West Africa" in Nigeria

(24/02/2012) 

From March 6-13, 2012, the international workshop "Curriculum Development for Postgraduate Studies in Organic Agriculture" is taking place at the Federal University ffo Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria. It is organized by the West African Network on Organic Agriculture Research and... read more



African Organic Agriculture Training Manual: Knowledge shall help make farmers more fit for business

(16/02/2012) 

FiBL press release of February 16, 2012 read more



Organic agriculture worldwide: Market growing, agricultural land remains steady

(14/02/2012) 

FiBL and IFOAM are presenting the latest data on organic agriculture worldwide at BioFach in Nuremburg. read more



July 2-13, 2012: 2nd International Summer School Programme in Organic Agriculture in Nigeria

(04/02/2012) 

The 2nd International Summer School Programme in Organic Agriculture to take place in Nigeria in July 2012 represents an excellent opportunity to learn about tropical organic agriculture in a West African setting, to explore possible research collaboration and business opportunities in West Africa,... read more



Ecological Organic Agriculture Conference successfully concluded in Nairobi

(07/12/2011) 

Organized by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), the African Union (AU) and the Kenyan Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN), the international conference titled 'Ecological Organic Agriculture: The Alternative for Africa' was held at the Headquarters of the United... read more



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First editon of the Organic-Africa.net Newsletter – With latest updates on the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual project

(21/11/2011) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has recently released the first Organic-Africa.net newsletter of the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual project. Over the last 2 years, the project team of agronomists and other specialists in Africa and in Switzerland has been busy... read more



African Organic Agriculture Training Manual: Implementation in Africa begins

(17/11/2011) 

On November 16, 2011, Switzerland’s Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) presented the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual at the International Conference on Ecological Organic Agriculture in Nairobi. The presentation marks the beginning of a two-year validation process. FiBL... read more



Helping smallholders farm sustainably

(29/09/2011) 

Swiss institute presents a training manual for Africa  read more



July 11 and 12, 2011: Workshop on organic farming in Africa in Brussels

(04/08/2011) 

On July 11 and 12, 2011, the workshop "Building strategies for Africa: Adding-value through organic agriculture", took place in Brussels. The papers are now available at the website of the European Commission.  read more



November 15–16, 2011: Conference "The Agricultural Alternative for Africa" in Nairobi, Kenya

(13/07/2011) 

The Conference "Ecological Organic Agriculture – The agricultural alternative for Africa" takes place November 15–16, 2011 at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi/Kenya.  read more



Successfully exporting organic products to Europe

(24/06/2011) 

To operate successfully in importing organic products to Switzerland and the European Union, it is crucial to have accurate information on market access conditions. For this reason, the Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) have jointly... read more



East Africa: New regional cooperation project started

(14/06/2011) 

In November 2010, Sida, the Swedish International Development Cooepration Agency (www.sida.se) approved the project "Regional cooperation for organic standards and certification capacity in East Africa" (OSEA II project). The project aims at increasing income for rural... read more



African Stakeholders meet in Kenya to develop an African ecological organic initiative

(27/05/2011) 

Interest in pushing for the development of ecological based farming in Africa led some key stakeholders to organize a strategic planning meeting in Thika, Kenya, on May 2 and 3, 2011. The event was organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Participatory Ecological Land Use Management... read more



UNCTAD-UNEP Short Film: Organic Agriculture: A Good Option for Least Developed Countries

(20/05/2011) 

UNCTAD and UNEP have released two excellent advocacy tools for encouraging the uptake of organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).  read more



May 2-4, 2012: Africa Organic Conference in Lusaka, Zambia

(20/05/2011) 

In 2012, Zambia will host the second African Organic Conference. read more



Nigeria: New organic research centre

(16/04/2011) 

The Netherlands-based Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute has been contracted to set up a new organic research and development centre in Nigeria. read more



African Union Adopts Decision on Organic Farming

(01/02/2011) 

The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), at its Eighteenth Ordinary Session in January 2011, adopted a decision on organic farming. read more



Kenya: First national consultation on Kenyan organic agriculture policy

(01/01/2011) 

Some 50 key representatives from the Kenyan public and private sector gathered to give comments and guidance on the development of the Kenyan Organic Agriculture Policy. Representatives from six other African countries joined to facilitate south-south cooperation in organic agriculture policy... read more



East African Organic Conference 2010

(03/12/2010) 

The East African Organic Conference 2010 brought together key stakeholders in the public and private sectors from East Africa and beyond.  read more



Zimbabwe: Organic farming critical for development

(11/11/2010) 

ZIMVEST, a collection of news excerpts from the web related to Zimbabwe, reports about recent developments of the organic sector in the country.  read more



South Africa: Policy Developments

(28/10/2010) 

Organic policy is in the process of being developed in South Africa. The national movement, led by the South African Organic Sector Organization (SAOSO), is strongly involved in the process. A draft policy has been recently jointly issued by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Trade and... read more



Kenya: Organic Agriculture Movement launches its new roadmap

(01/10/2010) 

The Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) recently launched its 2010-2014 Strategic Plan during a well attended meeting in Nairobi.  read more



Africa Organic Conference in Zambia 2012

(06/09/2010) 

In 2012, Zambia will host the second African Organic Conference. The conference will be organized by Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia OPPAZ in collaboration with local and international stakeholders. OPPAZ has appointed a committee to initiate the process. The first meeting of... read more



South Africa: Professor for Organic Farming Appointed

(01/09/2010) 

On August 24, 2010, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa) announced that it has appointed at the School of Natural Resource Management, Professor Raymond Auerbach. Professor Auerbach will be sharing his expertise in African organic farming and curriculum development. read more



Africa: New export guide

(11/06/2010) 

A new book under the title of "Entering the Organic Export Market" has recently been released. This manual is based on the experience of the “Export Promotion of Organic Products from Africa” (EPOPA project www.epopa.info), which has enhanced the livelihoods of approximately 110'000... read more



Namibian Organic Association (NOA) Launches Organic Standards and Certification System

(02/06/2010) 

The Namibian Organic Association (www.NOA.org.na) is finally putting Namibia on the international organic map with the launch of the NamibianOrganic Standards as well a certification system in the form of a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) at the Namibia Tourism Expo 2 – 5 June 2010. This... read more



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Tunisia: New organic logo

(10/05/2010) 

Organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries in association with the Tunisian Agriculture and Fisheries Union (UTAP), Tunisia  hosts the Tunisian organic product week from May 10 to 16, 2010. This is reported by Tunisia online news.  During the event, the... read more



Call for Abstracts: Symposium ’Soil Fertility and Crop Nutrition Management in Mediterranean Organic Agriculture’

(25/09/2009) 

The symposium ’Soil Fertility and Crop Nutrition Management in Mediterranean Organic Agriculture’ takes place from March 23 to 25, 2010, in Sousse, Tunisia. Abstracts must be submitted to the organizers of the symposium no later than 1 January 2010.  read more



African Organic Conference: Workshop Report "Organic Agriculture for Improved Food Security in Africa" now available

(22/09/2009) 

During the 1st African Organic Conference held in Kampala, Uganda, a one day workshop was held on "Organic Agriculture for Improved Food Security in Africa". The workshop report has now been published. read more



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First African Organic Conference: Growth in African organic sector unity

(23/06/2009) 

The first African Organic Conference “Fast tracking sustainable development in Africa through harnessing Organic Agriculture and Biotechnology” was held in Kampala, Uganda, from May 17 to 22. The next African Organic Conference will be held in Zambia in 2012.  read more



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First African Organic Conference: Book of abstracts now available

(17/06/2009) 

More than 200 participants participated at the African Organic Conference in May 2009, which focused on evaluating the opportunities for organic agriculture in Africa. The book of abstracts is now available.  read more



Report on the Fourth Senegalese National and Annual Fair of Organic and Natural Products

(14/05/2009) 

From April 8-12, 2009, the National Federation for Organic Agriculture of Senegal FENAB organized, in collaboration with the FAO, the Fourth Senegalese National and Annual Fair of Organic and Natural Products in Thies.  read more



BioFach 2009: Report on organic Africa at BioFach

(17/03/2009) 

For the second time at Biofach all the 35 African stands were grouped together under “Organic Africa”, comprising 120 exhibitors who displayed their products . read more



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UNCTAD: Organic agriculture could boost African food security

(15/03/2009) 

African agricultural productivity, under threat following years of declining investment, policy shortcomings, and cheap food exports from other regions, could be restored through organic agriculture, UNCTAD says in a policy brief of February 9, 2009.  read more



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UNCTAD-UNEP: Study on organic agriculture and food security in Africa launched

(28/09/2008) 

Organic agriculture can be good for food security in Africa, says a study launched in Geneva on September 28, 2008, by a joint UNCTAD-UNEP task force.  read more



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