Conference Theme:

Ecological and Organic Agriculture strategies for viable continental and national development in the context of the African Union’s Agenda 2063

The African Organic Conference (AOC) is an initiative of the African Organic Network (AfrONet). It is convened every three years as a stakeholder’s platform, for sharing knowledge, experiences and views on various issues of concern in organic and ecological agriculture.

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The 4th African Organic Conference targets farmers, consumers, researchers, trainers, academics, extension practitioners, policy makers, donors, media organizations, private sector actors and financiers in the agriculture value chains promoters of organic agriculture. Others are; students and groups of young people interested in organic and ecological agriculture.

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You are welcome to partner/collaborate with us on the 4th AOC.

Partners enjoy the benefits of Networking, Brand exposure and Marketing of their business to the conference participants, opportunity for free advertisement in our annual Africa Organic Agriculture Report among other benefits. More importantly you will be joining us in revolutionizing organic agriculture in Africa and thereby shaping the future
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Call for Paper

Submit your paper for Presentation at the conference

Deadline

Paper submission (full paper, not more than 6 pages in A4, 1.5 spacing, Times New Romans 12 font size) up to August 15, 2018.

Final Decision

Decision- Final decision on submitted papers: August 30, 2018.

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Keynote speakers

Meet our most valued speakes

JORDAN A. GAMA

President, AfrONet & CEO TOAM

Jordan Gama is the CEO of TOAM, the Secretary of TOAM’s Board and the President of AfrONet. Jordan, who is from the Ruvuma

    LOUISE LUTTIKHOLT

    Executive Director, IFOAM Organics International

    Raised on a small family farm in the Netherlands, Louise has extensive experience in organic agriculture, fair trade and deve

      DR DAVID AMUDAVI

      Director @ BioVision Africa Trust, Kenya

      Executive Director of Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), a not-for-profit Trust registered in Nairobi and based in the Internatio

      DR JANET EDEME

      Ag Head, Agriculture and Food Security, AU

      Dr. Janet Edeme is Chair, EOA Continental Steering Committee and Head, Rural Economy Division/ Acting Head of Agriculture and

      Why you should attend

      • Presentation of scientific evidence on capability of organic agriculture in contribution to transformation of national and continental economy, systems resilience, mitigation of climate change, among others.
      • Sharing of knowledge and experiences between African organic farmers and their national and sub-regional representations.
      • Exchanging and sharing experiences of organic agricultural research pursuits, training and extension applications
      • Exchange of information by regional (Regional Economic Communities) and national policy makers on the implementation of the resolution of the African Heads of States and Government to support organic farming in Africa.
      • Appraisal of impact of supports by different bodies in support of development of organic agriculture in Africa.
      • Exhibition of organic produce and products (Afro Organic Fair) to stimulate regional and international trade Sensitization of policy makers and media organizations on the potential of ecological organic agriculture to effectively contribute to sustainable development in Africa.

      Schedule

      Draft Schedule for the 4th African Organic Conference.

      5 November 2018, Monday Venue:
      8:00 – 9:00 Arrival Main hall
      8:00 – 10:00 Cultural dances
      9:00 – 10:00 Registration (Open until 16:00hrs)
      9:00 – 10:00 Tea
      10:00 – 12:30 Opening Ceremony
      10:00 – 10:10 Welcome addresses and introductions by President AfrONet,
      CNOP-CAM Elizabeth Atangana
      10:10 – 10:25 Remark by the President, African Organic Network (AfroNet)
      10:25 – 10:35 Remarks by IFOAM-Organics International
      10:35 – 10:45 Remarks by FARA
      10:45 – 10:55 Remarks by ECAS
      10:55  – 11:15 Development partners, SDC, SSNC, GIZ, SWISS Aid etc
      11:15 – 11:25 Entertainment: cultural dance performance
      Official Opening by
      11:25 – 11:40   Statement by the African Union Commission / Chair of EOAI
      11:40 – 11:50 ·      The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development/Trade
                  (Cameroon)
      11:50 – 12:05 ·      Prime Minister (Cameroon)
      11:00 – 11:35 Presentation of Organic Ambassadors in Africa – African Union Commission
      Vote of thanks by one of the Ambassadour
      Opening of Exhibition and tour
      Group photo
      11:35 – 11:55 Press Conference
      11.55 – 12:25 Opening of Exhibition
      12:25 – 12:30 Vote of thanks by the Local Organizing Committee Chairman……
      12:30 – 13:00 Tour of the exhibition by
      13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
      Plenary Session 1: Ecological and Organic Agriculture – an Imperative for Africa’s socio-economic development
      Moderator: TBC
      14:00 – 14:20 ·      Potential of Ecological Agriculture in the context of Gender Disparity, Poverty Alleviation, Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security.
      14:20 – 14:40 ·      Dynamics of organic agriculture development: a global view.  Mr. Konrad  Hauptfleisch,  Academy and Programs Manager, IFOAM-Organics International, Germany
      14:40 – 15:00 ·      Progress and Challenges of organic agriculture in Africa. Jordan Gama, President, AfrONet
      15:00 – 15:40 Discussion
      15:40 – 16:10 Updates on response to the request of the Heads of State on Organic Farming
      15:40 – 15:50 ·      Progress of SDC EOA Supported Project, Dr. David Amudavi (Director, BioVision Africa Trust. Kenya)
      15:50 – 16:00 ·      CDEMP/GEP/UNDP RESILIENCE REPORT
      16:00 – 16:10 ·      Strategic Agenda and Action Plan for EOA – Vision 2025, Dr. Janet Edeme, Chair, EOA Continental Steering Committee and Head, Rural Economy Division/ Acting Head of Agriculture and Food Security Division, African Union Commission
      16:10 – 16:30 Health break
      16:30 – 18:00 Parallel events: Farmers’ Forum/ Exhibition/ Scientific track
      Prospects and Lessons from the ProEco Organic Africa, SysCom and Syprobio Projects. Dr. Irene Kadzere, Coordinator, African Project, FiBL, Switzerland. Scientific
      Opportunities and challenges for Reinforcing Organic Agriculture Research Capacity in East African Universities: Experience of Makerere University, Prof. Fred Kabi, Makerere University / ICROFS Scientific/main track
      Progrov/ Agro ecology Research and Advocacy/ ICT Main track
      CDEMP/ SASS
      Resource mobilization and financing EOA development in Africa
      Discussions
      6 November 2018, Tuesday Venue
      8:30 – 10:30 Plenary Session 2: Principles, Practices and Prospects of EOA
      Moderator: TBC
      8:30 – 8:55 ·      Harnessing the Potentials of EOA within the Context of the 3AGT (Africa Accelerated Agricultural growth and Transformation) -, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Economy, African Union Commission Main track
      8:55 – 9:20 ·      Ecological Organic Agriculture Knowledge, Information and Experiences (Sekem) Main track
      9:20 – 9:40 ·      Organic Agriculture Research Agenda for Africa; experience from the European perspective – Gian Nicolay, FiBL Rep
      9:40 – 10:00 ·      Institutional Innovations in ecological organic agriculture – Dr. Allison Loconto, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
      10:00 – 10:30 ·      Nutritional benefits of organic foods ECDMP Scientific
      Discussion
      10:30 – 11:00 Health break and Exhibition
      11:00 – 13:00 Plenary Session 3: Research and production Issues Scientific
      Moderator: TBC
      11:00 – 11:25 ·      Reinforcing African Organic Agriculture Research Capacities – Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo (FARA)
      11:25 -11:45 ·      Agricultural Innovations and African Youths – New thoughts– Dr. Nteranya E. Sanginga,  Director General, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria
      11:45 – 12:05 ·      Organic Research agenda for Africa- the way forward – Dr. Charles Ssekyewa, C.E.O, UgoCert, Uganda
      12:05 – 12:30 Discussion
      12:30 – 13:00 Thematic Parallel Paper presentations- Network for Organic Agriculture Research in Africa  (NOARA) meeting/ Exhibition/ Farmers’ Forum
      13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
      14:00 – 16:00 Thematic Parallel Paper presentations-NOARA meeting/ Exhibition/ Farmers’ Forum
      16:00 – 16:30 Health break and Exhibition
      16:30 – 18:00 Plenary Session 4: Policy and standard compliance issues in Ecological Organic Agriculture Policy
      Moderator: TBC
      Rapporteur:
      16:30 – 17:00 ·      Farmers’ perspectives, experiences and lessons for effective institutional and policy priorities for Ecological Organic Agriculture in Africa – INOFO Africa. Policy
      17:00 – 17:20 ·      Development of EOA Enabling Policies.
      17:20 – 17:40 ·      Popularizing the African Organic Standards and quality management systems (PGS/IQMS/ICS. Rep. ARSO& ECDMP Main track
      17:40 – 18:00 Discussion
      7 November 2018, Wednesday Venue
      8:30 – 10:30 Plenary Session 5: Marketing and Trading Organic Produce and Products in Africa – Successes, Opportunities and Challenges Main track
      Moderator: TBC
      Panelist/ Rapporteur:
      8:30 – 9:00am ·      Building the Organic Produce Markets and trade in Africa – Dr.  Henrique Pacini, UNCTAD, Geneva Switzerland Main track
      9:00 – 9:20am ·      Promoting Organic Trade in Africa: the way forward. Main track
      9:20 – 9:40am ·      Potentials for Youth Entrepreneurial Development in Ecological Organic Agriculture.  Ms. Kate Kibara, Kates Organic, Kenya Main track
      9:40 – 10:10am ·      Discussion
      10:10 – 10:30am Side event: Summary of Research Agenda for Africa – NOARA Scientific
      10:30 – 11:00am Health break and Exhibition
      11:00 – 13:00am Plenary Session 6 – Rights issues in agriculture
      Moderator: TBC
      Rapporteur:
      11:00 – 11:20am Right of Citizens to Safe and Nutritious Foods and Sustainable Environment – Mr. Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Nigeria Main track
      11:20 – 11:40am Stepping up the pace for Women and Youth in Organic Agriculture. Prof. Nkiru T. Meludu, Coordinator, Women and Youth in Ecological Organic Agriculture
      11:40 – 12:00am Land grabbing and hindrance to development of ecological organic agriculture. Mr. Ibrahima Seck, One World Award Winner, Senegal
      12:00 – 12:30am Discussion
      12:30 – 13:00 Side event: Pro-Intense Africa- to be led by FARA/CIRAD / Farmers’ Forum
      13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
      14:00 – 16:00 Thematic Parallel Paper presentations-NOARA meeting/ Exhibition/ Farmers’ Forum
      16:00 – 16:30 Health break and Exhibition
      16:30 – 17:30 Summarizing conference theme and general lessons by all Keynote speakers
      Moderator:
      17:30 – 18:00 Communiqué and Closing:
      ·      Declaration of host for the 5th African Organic Conference
      ·      Presentation of the Communiqué –
      ·      Closing remark by
      End of day conference
      Evening dinner
      8 November 2018, Thursday (AfrONet general assembly) Venue
      8:30 – 15:30 General Assembly for AFRONET/NOARA/INOFA Africa
      6:30 – 13:00 Field trips1/ IFOAM INOFO / Farmers’ Forum/ Field trips
      14:00 – 18:00 Other side events
      Departure for members not attending AfrONet general assembly on 9th November 2018

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      TESTIMONIALS

      what participantse say

      I was able to learn alot about organic agriculture value-chain from different participants across different countries, especially in honey and natural cosmetics production and packaging at the 3rd Africa Organic Agriculture Conference held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.
      DR ELIZABETH OLUWALANAOrganic Products Company in Ogun State, Nigeria.
      I was able to learn alot about organic agriculture value-chain from different participants across different countries, especially in honey and natural cosmetics production and packaging at the 3rd Africa Organic Agriculture Conference held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.
      DR. ELIZABETH OLUWALANADirector @ Organic Products Company
      I was able to learn alot about organic agriculture value-chain from different participants across different countries, especially in honey and natural cosmetics production and packaging at the 3rd Africa Organic Agriculture Conference held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.
      DR ELIZABETH OLUWALANAOrganic Products Company in Ogun State, Nigeria.

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