Building on the foundation of the East African Organic Products Standard (EAOPS), the East African Organic Mark (EAOM), the development of a relevant Organic Guarantee System and emerging consumer awareness, this project centers on market-oriented organic production for local and regional markets. The focus of the project is the further development of organic value chains, ensuring regional trade growth in order for East African farmers to benefit from the rapidly growing market for organic products.
- Burundi Organic Agricultural Movement (BOAM)
- Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN)
- National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU)
- Rwanda Organic Agriculture Movement (ROAM)
- Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM)
Making the Case for Agroecology (MTC) is a long-term initiative to document and share success stories of agroecology from Africa. The initiative forms part on an Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) project, to raise the profile of agroecology. TOAM, as host organisation for TABIO - a coalition of 20 organizations in Tanzania, and AFSA member- is leading the collection, preparation and publication of the case studies.
Now in its third phase, MTC has seen the collection of over 50 case studies from more than 20 African nations - accessible at: afsafrica.org/case-studies
The AgroEcology Fund is a multi-donor fund committed to supporting sustainable agroecological solutions across the globe.
The project was designed to create a One Stop Shop (an information and communication infrastructure) that will be the go-to resource for all queries in the Organic Sector in East Africa. By installing three national and one regional policy platforms, the project will also provide an influential joined-up lobbying and advocacy mechanism to tackle policy barriers on cross-border trade.
The One Stop Shop will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with regional hubs in Nairobi and Kampala. It will gather and provide product and market information and support services; additionally supporting farmers’ markets in each capital city, directly linking producers, processors, aggregators, traders, exporters, and consumers via easy access to up-to-date production and market information.
The TradeMark East Africa Challenge Fund (TRAC) is a project funded by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) aimed at boosting economic growth and regional trades in the East African Community (EAC) and the region’s trade with the rest of the world through innovative projects.
Since the inception of the project, the following has been achieved:
- National baseline & policy studies implemented in each country
- The creation of the kilimohai web portal
- Development of 20 Fact sheets on organic agriculture
- Construction of the East Africa online organic marketplace
A study into Farmer Managed Seed Systems (FMSS in Tanzania found the following:
- Farmers in all zones of Tanzania rely mainly (>80%) on farm saved seed, and will continue to do so for many years.
- Farmers say they prefer farm saved seeds because:
- They are affordable (not 5,000/kg);
- They are available (not just maize and vegetable seeds);
- They are reliable (not fake)
- Government provides no policy support for farm saved seeds (Seed Act and Regulations is silent on farm saved seed)
- Government provides no practical support to the farm saved seed system (no training on seed selection, saving, storage etc.)
- Government discourages farmers from using farm saved seeds (92% of extension advice is for farmers to use commercial seeds)
Government increases recognition and support for farmer managed seed systems and production of Quality Declared Seeds (QDS) as an approach towards widespread use of improved seeds in Tanzania
This project is funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
Funded By: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the African Union and, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)
Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative for Africa (EOAI) is an African led-program aimed at implementing the decision of African Head of States on Organic - Doc. EX.CL/631 (XVIII). The African Union Commission with stakeholders designed this Initiative that is to be domesticated and mainstreamed in Country Programs Policies and Strategies. The key funders of the Initiative are the Swiss Agency for development and Cooperation (SDC), the African Union and the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC). Tanzania is among eight countries in Africa implementing this initiative since 2012 when it started as pilot project. Post-pilot project interventions the Initiative run from 2014-2018. Therefore, the overall goal of the initiative is to mainstream Ecological Organic Agriculture into national agricultural production systems by 2025 in order to improve agricultural productivity, food security, access to markets and sustainable development in Africa.
These 8 countries are categorized into the Eastern and the Western clusters. The Eastern cluster involves Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Uganda while the Western Cluster involves Benin, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal countries.
Under the SDC support, EOA has four pillars namely:
1. Research, Training and Extension (RTE): This pillar will be responsible for understanding gaps and implementing activities geared towards enhancing uptake of ecological organic agriculture practices along the entire commodity value chains. Attainment of this entails increasing knowledge from research into use, prioritising the needs about ecological organic agriculture practices and strengthening capacity of organisations and implementation of EOA practices. A systems-wide approach will be used to examine and respond to issues facing smallholder farmers, processors and marketers, both women and men, and the youth. Demand-driven participatory, interdisciplinary, and multicultural research will be conducted to inform planning and implementation of relevant training and extension activities that offer knowledge and skills to farming communities and other operators in organic value chains.
2. Information and Communication (IC): This pillar is complementary to the RTE through creation of increased awareness and knowledge of value and practices of EOA and strengthening extension support systems. The poor communication and lack of dialogue among research institutions, extension agents and rural farming communities has resulted in mismatch of demand and provision of appropriate technologies, consequently leading to perpetual food insecurity, low incomes and environmental degradation among smallholder farmers. Therefore, this pillar aims to use a range of information and communication strategies, products and technologies to share insights and lessons from experiences by farmers, processors, marketers, extension agents as well as researchers in order to sensitize the general public, including policy makers on the importance of EOA in general and organic agriculture in particular.
3. Value Chain and Market Development (VCMD): Agriculture being a socially and economically crosscutting enterprise, this pillar aims to promote interventions based on a holistic approach along the organic value chains to stimulate development of sustainable markets and to increase trade in traditional and high value agricultural produce and products at domestic and export levels. Internally, this process is based on the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)/Internal Control System (ICS) that builds the social and entrepreneurial capacity of producers and processors to work together on agreed Organic standards. In this respect, there is a need for recognition and licensing the East African Organic Products Standard (EAOPS) also called ‘Kilimohai’, which was developed through a consultative regional public- private partnership and adopted as the official East African Community (EAC) organic standard in 2007.
4. Supporting and Cementing Pillar: Steering, Coordination and Management Promotion of Ecological Organic Agriculture is a complex and multi-disciplinary process that calls for efficient cooperation and communication among relevant stakeholders at all levels including governments, farmers, civil society, private sector, and the international community as shown in the figure below. Thus, effective implementation of the EOA Initiative would require strong institutions with effective, functional and responsive administrative systems. This pillar has brings together components of the pillars aimed at developing capacities of implementing partners and institutions.
- AFRICAN UNION RESOLUTION ON ORGANIC FARMING.pdf116 K
- EOA ACTION PLAN 2015-2020.pdf282 K
- INVENTORY OF USEFUL BOTANICALS IN ECOLOGICAL ORGANIC AGRICULTURE.pdf702 K
- NATIONAL ORGANIC AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR TANZNAIA 2009-2015.pdf704 K
- ORGANIC FARMING STANDARD CURRICULUM FOR AFRICA.pdf286 K
- ORGANIC STUDY REPORT ON AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGIES IN TANZANIA.pdf4.3 M
- THE EOA STRATEGIC PLAN 2015-2025.pdf794 K