Despite all odds, especially the late change of host country from Cameroun to Senegal, the 4th African Organic Conference was successfully hosted by Federation Nationale d’Agriculture Biologique (FENAB) from 5th - 8th November, 2018.

The theme of the Conference was "Ecological and Organic Agriculture Strategies for Viable Continental and National Development in the Context of the African Union's Agenda 2063" and it was declared open by the representative (Mr. Arona Niang) of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment, Senegal.

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Mr. Arona Niang (representative of Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment) declaring open the Conference.

The Conference was attended by over 160 participants, including farmers, scientists, policy makers and organic business entrepreneurs from more than 30 countries. A cross section of some of the participants is shown in Pic. 2.

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The International Society of Organic Agriculture Reserach (ISOFAR) jointly sponsored the Conference Proceedings of the Scientific Track with African Organic Network (AfrONet). At the plenary session, Prof. Dr. Gerold Rahmann (ISOFAR President) presented a paper tiled «Contribution of knowledge hub and Networks to EOA Development in Africa».

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Prof. Dr. Gerold Rahmann (ISOFAR President) presenting his lead paper on Knowledge hub in Africa

 

In his opening remarks, he introduced ISOFAR to the participants and encouraged African scientisits to join the Society. He informed that the idea of Organic Knowledge hub was conceived at the 3AOC held in Lagos, Nigeria in 2015 and through the German Ministry of International Cooperation (BMZ), Germany has pledged to support four (4) regional hubs (North, West, East and South) with the sum of 10 million Euro from 2019-2023. The goal is to strengthen African non-profit Organic NGOs. The three expected key outputs of this intervention are gathering and validation of knowledge on organic agriculture, dissemination of locally adapted farming practices and strengthening of markets and comsumption of organic products. Three ISOFAR World Board members attended the Conference.

 

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ISOFAR World Board members (Gerold, Khalid & Victor) at the 4AOC

 

Another high point of the Conference was the launching of the EOA Strategic Plan and Action Plan which was coordinated by Mr. Ernest Aubee, Principal Programme Officer Agriculture (PPO) Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Regional Steering Committee Chairman of EOA-I.

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Mr. Ernest Aubee coordinating the launching of EOA-I documents

Thereafter, Mr. Ernest Aubee was honored by West African Organic Network (WafrONet) for his immense contributions towards the development of EOA-I in west African sub-region through ECOWAS.

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Mr. Ernest Aubee of ECOWAS being honoured by WafrONet represented by Profs. Vodouhe Simplice (Benin) & Victor Olowe
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The epoch event was also attended by representatives of international organisations such as SWISS AID, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Inter-continental Network of Organic Farmers Organization (INOFO), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), IFOAM Organics International, Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau / Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and Recherche agronomique pour le dévelopement (CIRAD).

While rounding up the Conference, the stakeholders resolved to meet in Morocco or alternatively Rwanda in 2021 for the 5th African Organic Conference.

  


AUTHORS

Prof. Dr. Victor I. Olowe

Agronomist

Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research (IFSERAR), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Abeokuta, Nigeria This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; www.funaab.edu.ng

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Dr.Khalid AZIM
Researcher in Organic Agriculture and Organic Wastes Composting. INRA-CRRA Agadir
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