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Building strategies for Africa: Adding-value through organic agriculture (Workshop on organic farming, Brussels, 11-12/07/2011)

A joint African Union Commission and European Commission initiative, this High-Level Expert Workshop on Organic Farming aimed at promoting the exchange of knowledge and best practice on organic farming among international experts, with a focus on Africa.

Bringing together about 80 practitioners and experts from all over Africa and Europe, strategies for organic farming policies in Africa have been discussed in order to unleash the potential this segment has for economic progress and sustainable development, especially targeting value-added market segments.

Un atelier de haut niveau sur l'agriculture biologique s'est tenu à Bruxelles les 11 et 12 juillet, avec pour objectif de favoriser les échanges de connaissances et de bonnes pratiques sur l'agriculture biologique, notamment en Afrique, entre experts internationaux.  Il a réuni près de 80 experts de toute l'Afrique et d'Europe. Les stratégies sur les politiques relatives à l'agriculture biologique en Afrique ont été discutées afin de valoriser le potentiel d'aide au développement économique et durable que ce secteur représente, notament en terme de production à forte valeur ajoutée. 


Joint Chairs:

  • Nikiforos Sivenas, Director A, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Gebreyohannes Abebe Hailegabriel, Director Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission



"Organic farming in perspective" pdf - 999 KB [999 KB] by Jean-François Hulot, Head of Unit Organic farming, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

"Supportive Policies in organic farming – past, present and future: AU perspective" pdf - 204 KB [204 KB] by Dr. Sarah Olembo, Senior Policy Officer, African Union


Session 1: Requirements

"The Import regime for organic products into EU" pdf - 746 KB [746 KB] by Paul Axmann, Organic farming Unit, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

"Organic farming standards" pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] by Isabella M. Agra, CODEX Ghana

"Certification and inspection" pdf - 166 KB [166 KB] by Antoine Faure, ECOCERT

"Trade Requirements and the Worldwide Concept of Equivalence" pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] by Diane Bowen, Global Organic Market Access (GOMA) Project

"The East African Organic Products Standard (EAOPS)" pdf - 272 KB [272 KB] by Musa Kiggundu Muwanga, National Organic Agricultural Movement Uganda (NOGAMU)


Session 2: Overcoming the constraints

"Barriers to Expansion" pdf - 3 MB [3 MB] by Bo van Elzakker, Agro Eco – Louis Bolk Institute, the Netherlands

"Growing better lives in Africa through effective capacity building in organic agriculture and rural advisory service delivery" pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] by Hervé Bouagnimbeck, Africa Office Coordinator International Federation of Organic Agriculture (IFOAM)

"EU - SSA Civil Society Alliances" pdf - 203 KB [203 KB] by Stuart Coupe, Political Advisor Practical Action

"Linking biodiversity to High Nature Value and Organic Farming in Romania" pdf - 4 MB [4 MB] by Razvan Popa, ADEPT Foundation Transylvania

"Creating value chains" pdf - 721 KB [721 KB] by Evelyne Sissinto, Project Manager HELVETAS Benin

"GLOBALG.A.P. - Food Safety and Sustainability" pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] by Nigel Garbutt, Chairman GLOBALGAP

"Fair Trade & Organic" pdf - 64 KB [64 KB] by Nabs Suma, FairOrganics Solutions Ltd


Session 3: Best practice

"Developing the Organic Sector - Best Practices from Africa" pdf - 1003 KB [1003 KB] by Martha Wangu Musyoka, International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and Samuel Kiruku Ndungu, Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN)

"Developing the Organic Sector - Best Practices from the EU" pdf - 979 KB [979 KB] by Dr. Jürn Sanders, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Institute of Farm Economics

"Best Practices for Organic Policy" pdf - 520 KB [520 KB] by Dr. Sophia Twarog, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

"Organic Agriculture: African Union Commission and European Commission - Ways Forward" pdf - 338 KB [338 KB] by Dr. Sophia Twarog, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


Conclusions pdf - 86 KB [86 KB] français (fr)  



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