Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector

  • Working groups at stakeholder meeting Yaoundé (Cameroon)
    Working groups at stakeholder meeting Yaoundé (Cameroon)
  • Evaluation of local training needs for organic tomato and potato farming

Support for the Organic Working Group

Phase I: Aug 2017 – Dec 2018
Phase II: Jan 2019 – Dec 2020

The Green Innovation Centres Program aims to build the capacities of Green Innovation Centres and local implementation partners, with a view to supporting organic sector, as well as local and export market development.  Another key objective is to facilitate cross-country learning and the sharing of best practise within the Organic Working Group.

Background

The Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIC) program forms part of the special initiative ‘ONE WORLD – No Hunger’ (SEWOH), implemented by the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH’. The next level of this initiative called SEWOH 2.0 initiated by BMZ, highlights the importance of organic agriculture within the work of the GIC program.
In 2017, GIZ contracted the consortium of IFOAM – Organics International, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and Naturland, the Association for Organic Agriculture, to support the Organic Working Group in terms of capacity building, as well as with the implementation and upscaling of organic agriculture practices.

Activities

The role of IFOAM – Organics International is to coordinate the consortium group and provide specific expertise, for instance for the Training of Trainers, Participatory Guarantee Systems, Organic Leadership Courses, for the creation of action plans for the sector and international networking.

In the first phase of this project, learning and sharing tools for the Organic Working Group were put to use, policy makers were supported and PGS trainings were conducted in several countries. The consortium also provided trainings on different topics linked to organic agriculture, adapted to different levels of expertise, and implemented training tools like handbooks, college curriculum for organic agriculture and the design of demonstration plots for different crops. Following market studies and market evaluation missions, the consortium had the opportunity to assist with the development of the local organic market and the export market for specific organic crops. 

Target countries:

India, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Cameroon, Benin, Togo and Mali.

For more information, please contact Ms Andrea Richert at a.richert [at] ifoam.bio

Consortium PartnerConsortium PartnerDonor Organization
 Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Naturland InternationalResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH