Knowledge Hubs in Africa

Capacity Development Processes for Ecological Organic Agriculture

Project Timeline:

November 2019 - June 2021

Funded by:

GIZ

Implementing Target Countries:

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

Continental Level:
5 Regions in Africa

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 EOA Initiative stakeholders, the BMZ, the GIZ and IFOAM-Organics International identified the need to further develop the capacities of key stakeholders in Africa in Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA).

Following this strong expression of interest, we are currently developing two trainings in the frame of the knowledge hub project that started in 2019. Their focus lies on the development of different skillsets, ranging from enhancing leadership skills and policy knowledge at the continental level to deepening the understanding of principles and practices of EOA at regional and national level.

The two trainings to be implemented are:

  1. Ecologic Organic Agriculture Continental Know-How Leadership Program with training of multipliers (supported by the GIZ -project Sustainable Agriculture -NAREN)
  2. Regional Knowledge Hub Training of Teams of Trainers/Facilitators Program (supported by the GIZ – project Knowledge Centers for Organic Agriculture-KCOA)

Objectives

On a continental level, the Ecological Organic Agriculture Leadership Programme (EOALP) is designed to support African leaders and change agents in strengthening Ecological Organic Agriculture in Africa. Its main focus is ‘outward-facing leadership’, striving for sustainable change in agriculture in participants’ regions and countries. EOA is used as a concept in order to emphasise the diverse multi-stakeholder cooperation needed, also across cultures and regions.

On 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, in a different setting, also in North and East Africa.

Contact: Barbara Zilly (b.zilly@ifoam.bio)