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Organic Agriculture in Africa 2010 (data 2008)

Current status

In Africa, there were almost 900’000 hectares of certified organic agricultural land in 2008. This constitutes about 2.5 percent of the world’s organic agricultural land and 0.1 percent of the total agricultural land in Africa. 470’000 producers were reported. The countries with the most organic land are Uganda, Tunisia, and Ethiopia.

The highest shares of organic land are in Sao Tome and Prince (5 percent), Tunisia (1.8 percent), and Uganda (1.7 percent).

The majority of certified organic produce in Africa is destined for export markets. The European Union, as the major recipient of these exports, is Africa’s largest market for agricultural produce. Tunisia, which was accepted under the EU’s Third Country List in 2009, has an organic regulation.

The first African Organic Conference, held in Kampala, Uganda, from May 19-22, 2009, had a number of important outcomes: The Network for Organic Agriculture Research in Africa (NORA) was launched, and plans for forming an African Organic Network (AFRONET) were further developed. (See article by Hervé Bouagnimbeck in The World of Organic Agriculture 2010, page 104).

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The IFOAM Africa Office and contact points

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) established its Africa Office (IAO) in 2004 to help the growth of Organic Agriculture on the continent.  The IAO is staffed with a coordinator and is presently based at the IFOAM Head Office in Bonn, Germany.  The IAO is currently mainly funded by Hivos (Africa Desk).

The following IFOAM contact points are currently established:

  1. The Ethiopian Association for Organic Agriculture (EAOA), Ethiopia
  2. The Ghana Organic Agriculture Movement (GOAN), Ghana
  3. The INADES-Formation Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast
  4. The Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN), Kenya
  5. The Laulanié Green University and Association (LGU and LGA), Madagascar
  6. The National Federation of Organic Agriculture (FENAB), Senegal
  7. The National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU), Uganda
  8. The National Organic Movement of Mali (MOBIOM), Mali
  9. The Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia (OPPAZ), Zambia
  10. The Organic Agriculture Project for Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria (OAPTIN), Nigeria
  11. The Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Regional Desk, Zambia
  12. The Sustainable Agriculture Development Network (REDAD), Benin
  13. The Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM), Tanzania
  14. The Zimbabwe Organic Producers' and Processors' Association (ZOPPA), Zimbabwe

Contact

Hervé Bouagnimbeck
IFOAM Africa Office
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
Charles-de-Gaulle-Str. 5
53113  Bonn
Germany
Tel. +49 228 926 50-10
Fax +49 228 926 50-99
h.bouagnimbeck(at)ifoam.org
www.ifoam.org