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South Africa: Policy Developments

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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 Industry.

This draft is currently open for public comments. The draft includes many recommendations of the UNCTAD-UNEP CBTF report "Best Practices for Or ganic Policy: What Developing Country Governments Can Do to Promote the Organic Agriculture Sector".

It is expected that, once finalized, these policy frameworks will help realize the multi-functional benefits of organic agriculture in South Africa. Having an organic policy in place offers access to financial resources, educational and training programs, and increased market opportunities for organic farmers.

Source: Africa Organic News, October 2010

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