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

 

"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.

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

 

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...

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

 

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...

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

 

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...

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

 

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...

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IFOAM at the Rio+20 Conference

 

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...

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Second African Organic Conference (AOC2) successfully concluded

 

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.

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

 

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...

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

 

FiBL press release of February 16, 2012

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Organic agriculture worldwide: Market growing, agricultural land remains steady

 

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

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Ecological Organic Agriculture Conference successfully concluded in Nairobi

 

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...

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

 

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...

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African Organic Agriculture Training Manual: Implementation in Africa begins

 

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...

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Helping smallholders farm sustainably

 

Swiss institute presents a training manual for Africa

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Successfully exporting organic products to Europe

 

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...

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East Africa: New regional cooperation project started

 

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...

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

 

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...

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

 

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).

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Nigeria: New organic research centre

 

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

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African Union Adopts Decision on Organic Farming

 

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

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Kenya: First national consultation on Kenyan organic agriculture policy

 

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...

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East African Organic Conference 2010

 

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

 

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Zimbabwe: Organic farming critical for development

 

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

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South Africa: Policy Developments

 

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...

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Kenya: Organic Agriculture Movement launches its new roadmap

 

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

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Africa Organic Conference in Zambia 2012

 

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...

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South Africa: Professor for Organic Farming Appointed

 

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...

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Africa: New export guide

 

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...

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

 

The Namibian Organic Association (www.NOA.org.na) is finally putting Namibia on the international organic map with the launch of the Namibian
Organic Standards as well a certification system in the form of a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) at the...

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Tunisia: New organic logo

 

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...

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

 

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.

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

 

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.

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First African Organic Conference: Growth in African organic sector unity

 

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...

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First African Organic Conference: Book of abstracts now available

 

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.

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

 

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.

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BioFach 2009: Report on organic Africa at BioFach

 

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

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UNCTAD: Organic agriculture could boost African food security

 

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....

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

 

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.

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