participants from more than 30 countries in Africa have recently completed a
four-day forum at the 4th African Organic Conference held in Saly, Senegal,
organised by Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Africa.
Ecological organic agriculture is a holistic system that sustains the health of ecosystems and relies on functional cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of synthetic inputs which have adverse effects on total health (human, animal, plant and environmental).
The EOA initiative took its root from a decision of the African Union Heads of State and Governments on organic farming. The theme of the conference was: Ecological and organic agriculture strategies for viable continental and national development in the context of the African Union Agenda 2063.
According to Sait Drammeh, deputy managing director of GACH GLOBAL Trading Company who spoke to our reporter, over 150 participants including farmers, scientists, policy makers and organic business entrepreneurs from more than 30 countries attended the conference.
Mr. Drammeh said, the West African Cluster of Ecological Organic Agriculture initiative organised a side event during the conference to familiarise participants with ongoing activities in Benin, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal. Progress reports were presented including success stories, challenges and feed-backs.
He said the EOA-I mission is to scale up ecologically and organically sound strategies and practices among diversified stakeholders through institutional capacity development, scientific innovations, market participation, public policies and programs, outreach and communication, efficient coordination, networking and partnerships in Africa.