East Africa Organic Conference - July 2 to 4 2013, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Tuesday, July 2nd


Official Opening

·       Greeting from Karin Andersson, Head of Regional Development Cooperation, Embassy of Sweden, Nairobi

·       Organic and sustainability standards – role in the African economical integration, Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana, Secretary General ARSO

·        The Organic Alternative for Africa, Markus Arbenz, IFOAM Executive Director

.         Keynote Speech by the Acting Permanent Secretary - Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives, United Republic of Tanzania

Wednesday, July 3rd

1st plenary session

·      Lessons Learned from the East African Organic Development, Moses Mwanga, NOGAMU

·      Overview of the Current State of Organic Agriculture in East Africa, Herve Bouagnimbeck, IFOAM

·      Accomplishments of the OSEA Project, Gunnar Rundgren, Grolink/IFOAM

·      The progress of the EOA Initiative, Zachary Makanya, Pelum-Kenya

2nd plenary session

·      Launch of FAO bookOrganic Agriculture: Sustainability and resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

·      Progress in Organic Policy in East Africa, Jordan Gama, AfroNet

·      Organic agriculture and CAADP, Charles Walaga

·      Deepening Organic Agricultural Research in Africa, Mwatima Juma, NOARA

·      Productivity and Profitability of Organic Farming Systems in East Africa, Peter Ton

Parallel sessions

Organic agriculture and Climate Change

-Chololo EcoVillage, Dr Francis Njau, Institute of Rural Development Planning

-Bioslurry and organic farming, Edith Banzi, SNV

-The relevance of organic agriculture for climate change mitigation and adaptation, Manjo Smith, IFOAM

Local and regional market development

- Experiences of organic regional trade in EAC, Donatile Nibagwire

Experiences of a pioneer marketer, Kate Kibaara

-Work with awareness raising in Burundi, Adrien Sibomana, BOAM

-Experiences of organic regional trade by NOGAMU In the EAC, Charity D.B. Nahumoza, NOGAMU

Capacity Building of farmers

-PGS and ICS Experiences from Uganda and Tanzania, Irene Kugonza & Noel Kwai

-Farmer training: manual and video, Irene Kadzere PhD, FiBL

 Ecert Group Module, Mareike Brandt, Organic Services GmbH

3rd plenary session

·      Organic Aquaculture in East Africa, current status and prospects for the future Udo Censkowsky & Albert Altena, Organic Services GmbH

·      What is the consumer perception of organic food? Samuel Ndungu, Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN)

·      The East African Organic Products Standard & the East African Organic Mark, current status and future plans, Eustace Kiarii, KOAN

·      Participatory Guarantee System, opportunities and challenges, Joelle Katto-Andrighetto, IFOAM

Side events

Organic Aquaculture workshop

.      censkowsky_altena_aquaculture.pdf

Policy workshop,

·       Highlights of Organic Issues within National Agricultural Policy 2013, Mibavu G. M., Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperative – Tanzania

·      Progress on Draft Uganda Organic Agriculture Policy_2013, Byamugisha Andrew, MAAIF

·      National Organic Agriculture Policy Development and Implementation in Kenya, Kinyua Kamaru, MOA Kenya

·      Organic Agriculture Policy Development in Rwanda, Silver Mundendeli, ROAM

·      The Potential Contribution of OA to the CAADP, Walaga Charles

PGS event

·      Kenya's experience, Jack Juma, Koan

·       General Introduction to PGS and outlook of its development worldwide, Joelle Katto A., IFOAM

·      How PGS has developed in Tanzania: the case of SAT, Janet Maro Wostry, SAT

Ecert Grower Group software – administration, inspection & certification Workshop

.       Management of ICS using the Group Certification Management, Mareik Brandt, Organic Services GmbH 

Local and Regional Certification development,

.      Local Certification Development