Posted by: Bioversity Library | December 15, 2008

Organic agriculture in Africa

There have been two recent reports published by the UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development.

One report titled: “Organic agriculture and food security in Africa” sees organic farming and farms as being conducive to food security in a continent where the  number of people suffering from hunger has increased every year since 1996.  The report is comprised of 15 case studies, with a focus on East Africa.   Interested in reading more?  Click here to the full-text. (1.13MB)

The second report: “Best practices for organic policy: what developing country governments can do to promote the organic agriculture sector” outlines among other things that governments need to take a facilitating role rather than a controlling one and should engage more with the organic sector to identify their needs. Read the report.

Do you know of any successful ventures in the African organic farming sector? Please tell us about them.

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Responses

  1. Hey, yes I do know about successful organic farming in kenya. Check out green dreams – http://www.greendreams.edublogs.org or contact Su Kahumbu info@organic.co.ke, also check out their publication Organic Farmer and Kenya consumer watch website

  2. Thank you Paula for highlighting this great initiative. It’s amazing to see the progress made from a rubbish dump to a thriving organic garden. Impressive! Congratulations to all involved.

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