EOA-I Continental Secretariat Coordinator participates as a panelist at the SWITCH Africa Green Regional Sector Meeting on Sustainable Agriculture at the United Nations, Nairobi-Kenya

The EOA Initiative Continental Secretariat Coordinator, Mr. Alex Mutungi featured as a panelist at the just concluded SWITCH African Green Regional Sector meeting organized by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Nairobi. The Coordinator was among panelists discussing policy recommendations for an enabling environment to strengthen regional and national mechanisms for uptake of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) practices in the agriculture sector. The panel discussion revolved around the role of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and partners in implementing the recommendations to strengthen regional and national mechanisms for uptake of SCP practices in the agriculture sector. Speaking about the role of the EOA Initiative in creating strong partnerships to drive the EOA agenda in Africa, Mr. Mutungi noted that the RECs are key strategic elements of the mainstreaming strategy for EOA uptake by the five economic regions in Africa. He noted that the 12th Continental Steering Committee (CSC) meeting of the EOA-I was held in Accra, Ghana in November and its Chair tasked the Secretariat to ensure that RECs […]

The BvAT Executive Director attends the launch of iGrowers InfoHub in Subukia, Nakuru County, Kenya.

Partners in agricultural development continue to work on strategies and methods of enhancing small-scale farmers’ access to farming information and emerging issues. Dr. David Amudavi attended on Thursday 12 September 2019 one such effort of a community-based farmer information Hub project supported by the Australian Government and Duff Engineering company in Nairobi.  The facility hosted at the Subukia ICT Centre and Sub-County Ministry of Agriculture, aims to increase the impact of agriculture and improve the lives of small-scale farmers, with an onsite, interactive and user-friendly touch screen information booth. This will give farmers access to up-to-date farming information and solutions relevant to their region, their crops and their farming issues. In particular the hub will enhance correct recognition of pests and diseases and relating these to emerging information on pests and diseases and recommending the most suitable pesticide solution and linking farmers to nearby input providers. The project team has been engaging with key stakeholders in the project area of Subukia, including the Nakuru County government, farmer group leaders and […]

The EOA Initiative Presented at the ALGOA+4 International Summit on Organic Agriculture Policy, in Goesan County, South Korea

The BvAT Executive Director, Dr. David Amudavi, attended a 3-day IFOAM World Board meeting and IFOAM Action Group Networking meeting and thereafter raised the flag of the African Union-led EOA Initiative at the 3-day Asian Local Governments for Organic Agriculture (ALGOA)+4 International conference (18-20 September 2019) which brought together more than 150 participants from over all the continents- the first time ALGOA has gone global. ALGOA is a sub-organization of IFOAM Asia and works with over two hundred local governments in Asia to promote the expansion of organic agriculture. The ALGOA project was first initiated by IFOAM Asia in 2013 under the concept of linking bio-villages / eco-villages in India, Korea and the Philippines. ALGOA was officially inaugurated on September 19th, 2015, in Goesan County, Chungbuk Province, South Korea. The annual ALGOA Summit is a gathering of representatives from local governments, IFOAM members and other stakeholders in the region to share and exchange best practice and to discuss ways to enhance government action, support and policy to foster growth in […]

Ecological Organic Agriculture national platform officially launched in Kigali Rwanda, On 9th August 2019 at Grand Legacy Hotel, Kigali Rwanda

The Rwanda Organic Agriculture Movement (ROAM) in collaboration with Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) officially launched the EOA-I National Platform for Rwanda on 9 th August at Grand Legacy Hotel Rwanda in a ceremony that attracted 35 stakeholders from various organic sectors in Rwanda. Among other key stakeholders in attendance were various Governmental institutions among them the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MINAFFET), the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) and National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB). Private sectors were represented by the Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) and the City of Kigali. Some of the key learning institutions that attended were the University of Technology and Arts of Byumba (UTAB). Other delegates included the French Embassy, a delegation of the European Union to Rwanda, Action Aid, Regional Research Center for Integrated Development (RCID Ltd), Gardens for Health International, Horizon-AGROPY Ltd, Horizon-SOPYRWA, PELUM RWANDA, APPE/ESAFF Rwanda, SORWATHE, Cooperatives of organic tea growers among them ASSOPTHE, Hillside Organic Tea Cooperative and the […]

Biovision Africa Trust officially signs the contract with GIZ for the Eastern Africa Knowledge Hub Project

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), the Lead Coordinating Organization for the Knowledge Hub FOR Organic Agriculture in Eastern Africa signed the contract on 14th August in the presence of GIZ officials led by Ms. Sari Max and Ms. Beate Kunz who had come to Nairobi Kenya for the Finance and Contract Management training for GIZ implementing partners on 12th and 13th August 2019 at Azure Hotel. The training was attended by BvAT’s Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) team comprising of Ms. Venancia Wambua, the EOA Initiative Project Manager and Mr. Robertson Nyikuli, the Finance Manager. The contract was signed by Dr. David Amudavi, the Executive Director of BvAT and Prof. Onesmo ole-MoiYoi representing the BvAT Board of Trustees. Biovision Africa Trust will coordinate the implementation of the project in four east African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda in its first phase of implementation from 2019-2021. Key partners involved in Phase 1 at country level include Pelum Uganda who are also co-hosting the project with BvAT in Uganda, Pelum Kenya for […]

The Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Benin

The EOA Initiative is working towards streamlining EOA into national, regional and continental food production systems in Africa. The Initiative is currently being implemented in eight African countries with plans underway to roll it out on the whole continent. Benin is one of the countries where the initiative is being implemented and OBEPAB is the country lead organization leading in the implementation of EOA activities. It is working with cotton farmers in the country. Cotton is one of the industrial crops in the country and just like many other such crops, cotton is heavy on agrochemicals. However, thanks to the EOA initiative, OBEPAP is working with cotton farmers training them on how to organically produce cotton. It is training them on organic methods of cotton husbandry; how to protect cotton from pest and disease infestation, how to manage soil fertility without using chemical fertilizers, how to mix cotton with food crops and many other organic production methods. BENIN is therefore one of the best performing countries in terms of adoption […]