EOA goes upwards in East Africa – PELUM Kenya

By Naanyu Manei, PELUM Kenya THE Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative was born out of a resolution by the African Union Heads of State and Governments during the 18th Ordinary Session held on 24-28 January 2011 to support organic agriculture in the African continent.   The regional secretariat was formed to operate and coordinate the EOAI function in the region ...
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There’s no free lunch out there anymore

In most tropical countries, a significant part of the people's food and energy requirements is derived from a remarkable diversity of crop plants existing in the wild or under limited cultivation. The fruits, seeds, and leaves of many of these plant resources already form common ingredients in a variety of traditional native dishes for the rural population in developing tropical ...
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Nigeria leads in efforts to mainstream organic agriculture in school curriculum – ECOWAS

By Ebere Agozie, Abuja ERNEST Aubee, the head of the Department of Agriculture at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, says Nigeria is one of the leading countries in West Africa that have taken the lead in efforts to mainstream organic agriculture in school curricula. Aubee, who is also chairman of the Regional Steering Committee of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) ...
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Organic agriculture takes centre stage in AU Agenda 2063

By Constantine Akitanda, recently in Saly Portudal, Senegal Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) is a major component of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 with regard to enhancement of food security and sustainable development. The first ten-year strategic plan, which was adopted by the African Union Summit in June 2015 as part of the 50-year horizon, embodies the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative ...
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Africa warned of encroachment on food sovereignty

By Constantine Akitanda, Saly Portudal, Senegal African countries have been extolled to stand united against an onslaught by multinational industrial agricultural companies to dump inappropriate technologies and agricultural applications in the continent. The president of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), Mariann Bassey-Oruvweje, told a conference on African Food System and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held in SalyPortudal, ...
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Organic Agriculture taking a new form in Zanzibar

By Constantine Akitanda A strategic plan to fast-track the scalability of organic agriculture in Zanzibar is in the final stages of preparation and expected to be endorsed this August. The team working on developing the strategy says a lot has been done so far and the final draft will be tabled in August to be agreed and be launched officially ...
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Knowledge hub centres to enrich growth of organic agriculture in Africa

By Constantine Akitanda, Dar es Salaam THREE organic agriculture knowledge centres are set to be established in eastern, western and southern Africa to spread and accelerate the adoption of organic agriculture practices in the continent. “We had an interesting network meeting on boosting the role and potential of organic agriculture in Africa at the beginning of April and agreed on the next ...
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A look at Ecological Organic Agriculture as an alternative to conventional agriculture

By Ibrahima Seck, Senegal THE logic behind peasant farming is the best argument in favour of ecological organic agriculture. This argument is based on a farming system originally intended for a long-term equilibrium of multi-storied agriculture in which there was a strong synergy between plant and animal speculation. The cultural structure was associative using a diversity of species with different ...
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If all farmers would use organic seeds, we could easily finance organic plant breeding

THE 14th International Agricultural Show in Morocco, commonly as SIAM and held annually, this year also included representatives from the organic sector as guest participants. Our Staff Writer Constantine Akitanda interviewed STEFAN DOEBLIN, one of the founders of Sementes Vivas which is an organic and biodynamic seed company based in the Iberian Peninsula, on issues of seeds and seed sovereignty ...
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The future of our own food is in the hands of ecological organic agriculture actors

It is extensively agreed by many that today’s global agriculture system and structures is a social and environmental disaster. This is due to natural hazards or human–induced actions that result in significant changes in circumstances over a relatively short time period, agriculture being one of the distracting actions. The ‘business as usual’ concept is no longer an option, biodiversity loss and ...
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