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Biovision Africa Trust rolls out the second phase of the African Union led Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative with a grant from the Swiss Agency For Development and Cooperation (SDC)

The African Union led Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (EOA-I) with support from the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has commenced its second phase of
implementation for another period of 4 years (May 2019- April 2023). Biovision Africa Trust
(BvAT) is the Executing Agency for the SDC grant of over 6.3 million US dollars.
The Initiative’s overall project goal is to contribute to mainstreaming of Ecological Organic
Agriculture (EOA) into national agricultural production systems by 2025 in order to improve
agricultural productivity, food security, access to markets and sustainable development in
Africa.
In preparation for rolling out the new phase, BvAT organized 2 regional inception
workshops. The Eastern Africa partners met between 10 th and 11 th July in Nairobi, Kenya,
while the West Africa partners had their inception meeting on 17 th and 18 th July 2019 in
Dakar, Senegal. Each group brought together 30 partners from across our implementing
partners and those targeted to take part in Phase 2 of the project. The workshops also
included chairpersons of the National and Regional Steering Committees.

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The main objectives of the workshops were to;

  • Un-package Phase 2 new Strategies of implementation
  • Develop common undertanding of the project elements, procedures and
    implementation
  • Discuss development of partner workplans and budgets
  • Familiarise with contractual requirements and obligations including project and financial
    guidelines

The workshop participants also reviewed the Project Document (ProDoc) and provided
valuable inputs for further revisions particularly in the indicator definitions and
measurement. Partners also familiarized themselves with key strategies being rolled out in
the next phase especially the Grants Management Strategy, the Monitoring and Evaluation
Strategy and the Network of Teams Strategy.
The workshops officially marked the start of Phase 2 of the EOA-I project planned to be
implemented in 9 countries namely Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania,
Uganda and Rwanda. Rwanda is a new addition to the 8 countries previously implemented
in Phase 1. The Executing Agency and partners expressed much appreciation to the support
given by the Continental Steering Committee and the main donor, SDC. They look forward
to working with the upcoming Knowledge Hubs for Organic Agriculture supported by BMZ
through GIZ.
News article by Ms. Venancia Wambua, EOA-I in Africa Project Manager

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