West African Organic Conference (WAOC)
The West African Organic Conference (WAOC) is held every two years in one of the countries in the sub-region. So far, Nigeria, Benin and Mali have hosted it.
In 2019, Ghana will host the organic conference in Accra, at the University of Ghana, Legon, between 12th -15th November 2019. About 300 participants are expected to attend the conference from academia, government institutions, NGOs, industry players within the sub-region, the continent and the larger organic world.
The following subthemes are being tackled during the conference: Research, Technology, Livestock, Markets & Business, Inputs, Policies.
The objectives of the conference are:
- to showcase the potential of organic agriculture in contributing to the transformation of national and regional economies, ecologies and livelihoods through income growth,enhancement of systems resilience and mitigation of climate change, food sovereignty and trade
- to share knowledge, information, experiences and skills among all stakeholders in the organic sector is facilitated
- to exhibit organic produce and products in order to stimulate national, regional and international trade and link producers to markets
- to create awareness, obtain support and buy-in among policymakers, organic stakeholders and the general public.
IFOAM - Organics International is supporting the conference through the Organic Markets for Development (OM4D) project.