IFOAM – Organics International through the Organic Markets for Development (OM4D) project hosted Organic Leadership Courses (OLC) in West Africa
The OLC was hosted in Togo, Burkina Faso, Ghana and São Tomé and Príncipe. The OLCs consisted of two Face-to-Face (F2F) sessions roughly six months apart. During the F2F1 and the F2F2 a webinar series was hosted. At the end of the OLC the participants submitted a Development Plan (DP). Three of the trained leaders would receive grant funding for their DPs to implement the plans described from establishing a Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) to supporting the development of local organic markets.
Organic Markets for Development (OM4D) aims to create opportunities for the smallholder farmers by inclusion into domestic and international organic markets. The OLCs were funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BUZA) in cooperation with Agro Eco – Louis Bolk Institute and local partner organisations.