German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is set to support a network of regional knowledge hubs for organic farming in Africa through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The new organic knowledge centers will be based in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa with an already established Organic Hub in Egypt, North Africa.
Biovision Africa Trust based in Kenya is set to take lead in the coordination, establishment and running of the BMB/GIZ supported Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in Eastern Africa with its consortium of regional partners – IFOAM OI, CIAT, ICIPE and Access Agriculture for a period of 5 years. The project will be implemented in 6 countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
This comes after BvAT with its consortium of partners submitted a convincing and comprehensive proposal for setting up the Eastern Africa regional hub and went through all the approval stages of initial screening, due diligence assessment by independent assessors and further institutional assessment by GIZ and BMZ. BvAT passed the test.
The project seeks to integrate Ecological Organic Agriculture into the Eastern Africa agricultural systems with an overall aim of ensuring that stakeholders in agricultural production, processing, marketing and consumption are able to harmonize production and maintenance of natural resources through ecological intensification of their actions and improved consumption behaviors.
The project has 3 key main expected outputs:
- Knowledge on organic agriculture is gathered, validated and made available.
- Different locally adapted organic farming practices are disseminated, and household’s nutrition is improved.
- Markets and consumption patterns for ecological products are strengthened and stakeholders of the organic agriculture sector are well coordinated.
While relaying this good news, Dr. Amudavi added that this is not a BvAT win but an ‘all of us win’. BvAT will be working closely with some of its Ecological Organic Agriculture partners to roll out the project in the 6 countries. He further expressed his optimism that the project will succeed in propelling the organic farming industry to the next level of production, consumption and trade.