Organic Agriculture support for Green Innovation Centers in Cameroon, Malawi and Mali
IFOAM – Organics International, Naturland and FiBL are working to build up organic competence in selected Green Innovation Centres (GIC). The Green Innovation Centres are part of a special initiative called “ONE WORLD, No Hunger” and are being implemented by GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development in a total of 14 countries.
Local market development in Cameroon
The development of a local market for organic potatoes and vegetables seems to be “en route”. IFOAM Organics International, together with Naturland International conducted a mission to Cameroon to evaluate the potential, to build up a network for developing a local market and also to identify “First Movers” from different stakeholder groups.
Individual interviews have been conducted in the three regions of Yaoundé, Bafoussam, Dschang and Duala including representatives from restaurants, hotels, processor and government. This feedback was completed by input from two stakeholder meetings and reflects a very strong interest of key players and government to support a local market development. There is a high level of engagement especially with processors (potato chips) and also restaurants to by organic food if it is available.
The next challenges to be solved for a successful local market development are the long distance logistics within the country including powerful middlemen and as well to support local farmers as quick as possible with the IFOAM PGS support because the market is ready to buy.
Developing the value chain
In Malawi and Mali the consortium of IFOAM, FiBL and Naturland is supporting with the development of the value chain for organic groundnuts for export and also for the development of training materials and curriculums for specific crops and aspects of farming.
Further the consortium was integrated in the curriculum of the exposure seminar of the GIC Training Center in Feldafing in April (left), where 26 representatives of the Green Innovation Centers from Cameroon, Togo, Mozambique, Mali, Malawi and India attended an intense training including a field visit organized by Naturland.