Knowledge Hubs in Africa

Capacity Development Processes for Ecological Organic Agriculture

Project Timeline:

Nov 2019 - Jul 2021

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Implementing Target Countries:

Regional Level
Southern Africa: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, and Malawi
West Africa: Nigeria, Benin, Senegal, the Gambia, and Mali


Partner Organisations:

The knowledge hubs are coordinated by a leading local non-governmental organization per region. Our partner for Southern Africa is the Sustainability Institute, in West Africa it is FENAB. In North and East Africa, we are providing support in the form of technical advice.

Farming provides a livelihood for some two-thirds of people in sub-Saharan Africa, yet a quarter of the population is malnourished.

The problem is compounded by the fact that our planet’s limits in terms of the exploitation of its raw materials have already been exceeded in some places. The challenge is therefore to promote food systems that create food security while respecting the Earth’s environmental limits. Organic farming makes a valuable contribution to this.

A series of discussions held among the African Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (EOA-I) stakeholders, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and IFOAM-Organics International identified the need to further develop the capacities of key stakeholders in Africa in EOA.

Following this strong expression of interest, we are currently implementing a range of trainings - training Teams of trainers (ToToT) in the frame of the GIZ Global project Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa  (KCOA) project that started in 2019. The training focus lies on the development of different skillsets, ranging from enhancing facilitation skills and drafting training curriculum at the regional level.


On a regional level, multipliers will be strengthened through Training of Teams of Trainers/Facilitators (ToToT/F). Needs assessment, curriculum development, planning of the trainings will be done in concertation and coordination with the hub representatives and will take into consideration the specific situation of each regional hub. IFOAM -  Organics International facilitates the process in Southern and West Africa and also in North and East Africa.

Contact: Ashish Gupta (



17.05.2021 - 15.10.2021

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Training of Teams of Trainers (ToToT) in Southern Africa

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Training of Teams of Trainers (ToToT) in West Africa

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