Organic farming: promoting networks and the exchange of knowledge
Title: Knowledge Centre for Organic Farming in Africa global project Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Country: Global Overall term: 2019 to 2023
Farming provides a livelihood for some two thirds of people in sub-Saharan Africa, yet a quarter of the population is malnourished. Compared with the rest of the world, this is extremely high. 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. Africa harbours the greatest potential for expanding organic farming because less of its agricultural land is used for this purpose than on any other continent. At only 0.2 per cent to date, organic farming makes up a negligible proportion of Africa’s agriculture.
Knowledge hubs in West, East and southern Africa are disseminating organic farming knowledge tailored to the respective target group.
Regional knowledge hubs are designed to fill the knowledge gaps hindering large-scale expansion of organic farming. The project is run out of Germany and is being implemented in the three regions of East, West and southern Africa together with non-governmental organisations (NGOs). To this end, the project helps NGOs to develop technical and methodological knowledge on organic production and processing for different areas as needed. Information products are planned for topics ranging from small-scale farming practices and education through to advice and scientific knowledge. With training, pilot farms, digital services and other communication channels such as radio or village cinemas, the project shares examples of good practice, concepts and specialist expertise. The information is targeted at associations, advisors, trainers, producers, processors, retailers and consumers. The project also promotes networking between key actors in production, processing and marketing along selected value chains, focusing on efforts to improve access to markets via modified certification methods.
It is part of the special initiative "ONEWORLD without hunger" of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).