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Background

Most smallholder 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 training materials were elaborated by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and partner organisations in Africa and Overseas in different projects. FiBL and its partners continue to produce new materials and, therefore, the range of materials and documented themes will continue to expand. FiBL’s aim is to offer as far as possible regional, user and needs-specific materials. FiBL welcomes collaboration with new partners and donors to further support organic agriculture in Africa.

Acknowledgements

FiBL gratefully acknowledges the support of the following funders:

Content contributors and reviewers

Olugbenga Oluseyi Adeoluwa (University of Ibadan, Nigeria), Thomas Alföldi (FiBL, Switzerland), Raymond Auerbach (Rainman Foundation, South Africa), Oumar Assarki (AFC consulting), Thomas Bernet (FiBL, Switzerland), Hervé Bouagnimbeck (IFOAM Africa Office, Germany), Munshimbwe Chitalu (OPPAZ, Zambia), Roseline Fischer (GIZ Mali), Andreas Fliessbach (FiBL, Switzerland), Jacqueline Forster (FiBL, Switzerland), Jacques Fuchs (FiBL, Switzerland), Salvador Garibay (FiBL, Switzerland), Andreas Gattinger (FiBL, Switzerland), Felix Heckendorn (FiBL, Switzerland), Paul Hepperly (Freelance consultant, USA), Beate Huber (FiBL, Switzerland), Irene Kadzere (FiBL, Switzerland), Nora Kägi (FiBL, Switzerland), Lukas Kilcher (FiBL, Switzerland), Ofoso-Budu Kwabena (Ghana), Martin Lichtenhahn (FiBL, Switzerland), Joachim Milz (Ecotop, Bolivia), Jane Nalunga (Nogamu, Uganda), Gian Nicolay (FiBL, Switzerland), Urs Niggli (FiBL, Switzerland), Bernadette Oehen (FiBL, Switzerland), Saro Ratter (Naturland Consultant), Christine Rudmann (FiBL, Switzerland), Ibrahima Seck (FENAB, Senegal), Monika Schneider (FiBL, Switzerland), Anet Spengler (FiBL, Switzerland), Brian Ssebunya (Farmgate Services, Uganda), Andreas Stamer (FiBL, Switzerland), Lina Tennhardt (FiBL, Switzerland), Paul van den Berge (FiBL, Switzerland), Gilles Weidmann (FiBL, Switzerland), Helga Willer (FiBL, Switzerland), Eric Wyss (FiBL, Switzerland)

Illustrations

Andrew Baingana and Okudi Deogratius Gerard (Ilustrators, Uganda) with support from Sam Rich (Uganda/Kenya)

Graphic design

  • Claudia Kirchgraber (FiBL, Switzerland)

Proof reading

  • Claudia Frieden (FiBL, Switzerland)