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About the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual

Partners

The training materials are a collaboration of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (www.ifoam.org ), National African Organic Agricultural Movements (NOAMs) and agricultural experts from all parts of Africa.

Target groups

The project aims at supporting trainers in Africa in their effort to promote implementation of best sustainable agricultural practices, as well as making up-to-date and practical information directly accessible to small-holder farmers. The training materials shall increase the availability and quality of approaches, concepts, and materials for training and extension in organic agriculture throughout Africa.

Initial project

The first set of materials was developed by FiBL and African partner organisations between September 2009 and June 2011 with financial support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (www.gatesfoundation.org ).

A second, consolidated version of the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual was developed with the financial support of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (www.syngentafoundation.com ).

Contribute to the validation process!

The presented training manual is an in-depth compilation of materials carefully conceived by nationally and internationally-known agronomists and is written to the best of their knowledge. To ensure the training manual is comprised of the most useful information and the very best of practices, a field validation process was started in December 2011.

To increase the success of the validation process, all organizations working in extension and training of sustainable and organic agriculture in Africa are invited to test the training materials in their local context and give feedback using the feedback form at the bottom of this page. Please let us know, if the information is relevant to you and to the farmers you work with and where information needs to be added or adapted! For instance, are the recommendations for the trainer and the farmer applicable? Is the approach in the training manual helpful? Are the illustrations and information in the booklets and factsheets purposeful and comprehensible for the farmers you work with?
 
We are very much looking forward to receiving your feedback and your recommendations for improvement. All feedback will be carefully examined by the editorial team and used to create an improved version. Relevant feedback will be acknowledged in the imprint of the training manual and on the website.
 
The editorial team would like to thank all the people who have made contributions and for those contributions to come. Your support is crucial to promoting organic and sustainable agriculture in Africa!

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Background

Most small-holder farmers rely on locally available technologies and on-farm inputs to improve food production and food security at family level and to raise income. For farmers to use available resources efficiently and to be productive and sustainable, they need to have knowledge as well as access to markets and appropriate institutions (e.g. land security, rule of law and sound policies). Access to information on appropriate technologies and sustainable practices to improve farm productivity and its transformation into knowledge and skills appears to be a key to their adoption.

The overall objective of the African Organic Agriculture Training Manual is to increase the options for farmers through knowledge and empowerment. Until now, no comprehensive and farmer-oriented training resource materials have been developed on organic agriculture in Africa. This circumstance prompted FiBL, together with African partner organisations, to develop a set of organic farming and training resource materials for African conditions. The main component consists of a modular training manual, which is complemented by other resources for trainers such as sets of transparencies and posters. In addition, booklets and factsheets are available for farmers and farmer groups.

Contribute to the validation process!

Training field visit

Help improve the draft version of the training materials by testing them in your local context and giving us your feedback.
Further information

Contact

Gilles Weidmann
Chief editor
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
5070 Frick
Switzerland
E-mail gilles.weidmann(at)fibl.org
Internet www.fibl.org

Organisations presently validating the training manual

  • Agro Eco Louis Bolk Institute - Eastern Africa, Uganda
  • Uganda Coffee Development Authority
  • CARITAS Uganda
  • Rural  Community in Development (RUCID), Uganda
  • Sustainable Agriculture Trainers network (SATNET), Uganda
  • National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU)
  • National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE), Uganda
  • International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya
  • Syngenta Foundation Sustainable Agriculture, Kenya
  • Kenya Organic Agricultural Network (KOAN)
  • Namibian Organic Association (NOA)
  • Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF)
  • Sustainable Agriculture Community Development Programme (SACDEP), Kenya
  • Tanzania Organic Agriculture movement (TOAM)
  • Rwanda Organic Agriculture Movement (ROAM)
  • Promoting Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Development in Africa (POSADA), Rwanda
  • AGASARO Cooperative, Rwanda
  • Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), Ethiopia
  • BEA, Ethiopia
  • Syngenta Foundation Sustainable Agriculture, Mali
  • Mobiom, Mali
  • Helvetas Mali
  • ELOC Farms, Ghana
  • WAD African Foods Ltd., Ghana
  • University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Lautech Agricultural Service, Nigeria
  • Kasisi Agricultural Training Center, Zambia