AfrONet Editorial Note January – June 2020

AfrONet Editorial Note January - June 2020 Covid-19 is threatening Africa’s long walk to prosperity The Covid-19 pandemic has introduced unprecedented challenges across the globe, especially for nonprofits and social enterprises striving to continue their work while also responding to the crisis. As the novel virus continues to spread, health systems and the day-to-day livelihoods of ordinary people remain under ...
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AfrONet Editorial Note January – June 2019

AfrONet Editorial Note January - June 2019 The future of our own food is in the hands of EOA 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 ...
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AfrONet Editorial Note January – June 2018

AfrONet Editorial Note January - June 2018 Let’s join hands to promote organic farming Different forums held across the world have been urging stakeholders in organic agriculture to spearhead public awareness campaigns on organic benefits among farmers and consumers. We echo this clarion call because we believe it’s time all stakeholders joined hands in seeking to increase awareness on organic ...
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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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