KHWA Organises its 2022 Sub-regional Annual Planning Workshop

The Knowledge Hub of Organic Agriculture in West Africa funded by GIZ, organized her sub-regional annual planning workshop between February 14 and 19, 2022 at Hotel Le Saly, Senegal. The event had in attendance representatives of the Project, Institutional Focal Points such as Songhai( Benin), CNOP (Mali), The Gambia , Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria(NOAN) and implementing partners (Enda Pronat, Agrecol and FENAB).

NOAN, Nigeria was ably represented by the Dr Jude C. Obi, the Country Coordinator, Mr Fidelis Ezegbogu, the Project Manager, Miss Rebecca Okunola, the Communication Manager for the project.

The discussions focused on plannings by the implementing entities of the activities for the year 2022, exchanges around the result matrix as part of the monitoring and evaluation, communication plan and the profile of the continental digital platform initiated by the project.

At the opening session of the workshop, Mr Elhaji Faye, the Country Coordinator, Enda Pronat, Senegal stated that organic agriculture is the needed system of agriculture in Africa and that the system is what the project(KCOA) will innovate, he quoted thus “it is for us to go into our tradition and leverage on what we have”. He emphasized that there are a lot of stakeholders in the custody of these knowledge who are isolated; hence, he advised that we have to identify the gaps and find means of bridging the gaps. This necessitated the partnership with Songhai, CNOP, NOAN and The Gambia. He commended the efforts of stakeholders such as Dr Dogo Seck, Prof. Simplice Vodou-he and Mr Mouhadou Fayinke.

In the course of the presentations, Dogo Seck suggested that it will be interesting to review all the recommendations and build on their strength to enable various teams improve on their strategies. Mr Ramadam also pointed out that due to the dynamics of soils and other factors, we need to take into consideration the need to fabricate blueprints that suits Africans. It was also advised that knowledge acquired in course of the project should be made accesible to the public.

Mr Alpha Ba, the moderator of the event pleaded that all implementers should seize the opportunities around them to support the project; he added that country organizations should ensure that the budgets are expended efficiently.

At the end of the workshop, each country organization was presented with a smart projector as the gadget will support the implementation of the projects in their respective countries.

NOAN REVIEWS CONSTITUTION, CREATES BYLAW

All categories and cadre of members of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria gathered virtually to deliberate on the articles in the reviewed Constitution as well as

the draft the bylaw for the Association on Feb 10, 2022. The essence of this was to enable the Association have a blueprint, guiding principles and laws binding the affairs of members. This meeting was preceded by the constitution of a 26 member review committee with each state chapter of the Association ably represented. The committee attended ten meetings scheduled to review the where the constitution did not make provision. The committee was headed by Mrs Ifeyinwa Uzoka, representing Anambra state chapter, Miss Rebecca Okunola, the Communication officer who also doubled as the Secretary of the committee, she was saddled with the task of collation and editing the documents and decisions made. The exercise involved sessions of conflicting views and opinions, removal and addition of items and articles, pending of issues to allow the stance of old and experienced members, though a collective agreement was eventually made on the articles.

The amendment of the Association’s Constitution spanned over three years as the decision to amend was made at the 2018 AGM held in Akwa Ibom state, the revised edition of the constitution and by-law was finally presented at the 2021 AGM held in Abuja. It underwent three phases of review viz:

  1. Review by the Constitution Review Committee members.
  2. Review by the Executive Committee members.
  3. Review by members of the Association (the larger House).

The Pre-AGM was orchestrated by the submission of the reviewed constitution and by-law by the Chairperson of the committee to the then president of the Association, Prof Victor Idowu Olowe. The meeting was attended by members of the Association, the pioneer President of the Association; Prof. Gideon Adeoye was also in attendance.

The Pre-AGM, among others, discussed the following issues:

  1. The duties of the business committee and issues around the business policy.
  2. Affiliations: not limiting the Association’s affiliations to the regional bodies but to also identify with global bodies.
  3. Proposal for decentralization of PGS Certification and making it a separate document.
  4. The branding of the Association, improvements on the visibility of the Association, seamless mode of registration.
  5. Decision on the tenure of members of the Board of Trustee (BOT).
  6. Sustainability of the Association and the Secretariat.
  7. Clarion call on project coordinators on areas the Association can benefit from the project.

Having gone through the processes, the former President of the Association, Prof. V I. Olowe presented the constitution and by-law at the 2021 Annual General Meeting held in Abuja, explaining that though the constitution may not be as perfect as expected, it will serve as the policy documents for members. He advised that new members should have access to it.

Agrecol, Enda Pronat Pays Courtesy/Orientation Visit to the Association’s Headquarters

Delegates from Agrecol, Enda Pronat in the persons of  Mr Faye Elhaji ,Enda Pronat Madam Fatima Diop, Agrecol, Mr Baye Yoro Diallo, Enda Pronat visited the Associations Headquarters between November 30, 2021 and December 2, 2021. They had a two day meeting at the Board room of Agronomy Building, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ibadan and a field trip.  The mission, according to Mr Faye Elhaji was to strengthen the ties between the team which was under the auspice of KCOA, a project sponsored by GIZ, Germany and to familiarize all actors involved in the implementation of this project and for implementers to understand what the project entails. Dr Jude Obi, the Country Coordinator of the project welcomed the delegates and added that the meeting marks a turning point in the commencement of the project.

Mr. Faye highlighted identified problems in organic agriculture: he stated that organic agriculture is developing but those handling don’t have enough knowledge, knowledge is available but not accessible to all , the available knowledge is shared in limited space. The problems listed above necessitated the KCOA project being put in place, KCOA (Knowledge Centre For Organic Agriculture), the center has three main objectives which are to gather, evaluate and validate the knowledge shared. The three organizations in charge of the respective stages of the knowledge are as follows: ENDA PRONAT- Gathering of Information, FENAB- Sharing the information gathered and AGRECOL-responsible for networking of stakeholders and facilitation of the development of organic value chains. The three organizations collaborate with Institutional Focal Points (PFI) based in other countries in the sub-region viz: Songhai Centre (Benin), CNOP (Mali) and NOAN (Nigeria).

Mr. Baye Yoro proposed an organic week in Nigeria , this will be a congregation of organic agriculture practitioners at all levels of the value chain, this was welcomed by the country coordinator, Dr Jude Obi who informed that the Association decentralizes by organizing events in major zones of Nigeria  but considering the need to have a larger patronage by members of NOAN. Mr. Faye Elhaji added that the implementers of these projects need to follow the KCOA criteria, the knowledge must conform with the principles of organic agriculture as recognized by IFOAM , also practical knowledge must have social, economic impact. It must also give concrete results.

NOAN, Nigeria Hosts Maiden Edition of Organic Weekend

Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN) had its maiden edition of the much anticipated Organic weekend held on March 28, 2022 at Abuja City Park, Ahmadu Bello way, Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria. Organic weekend is an initiative of the Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa, a project sponsored by the GIZ and implemented by Enda Pronat, Agrecol and FENAB. The event attracted stakeholders from all levels of organic agriculture value chain viz: Producers of Organic / Ecological products, Processors, traders and Organic produce Consumers, local press organisations (Producers, NGOs ).

NOAN is a non-governmental organisation situated in Nigeria, the only organisation adopted as the umbrella body for organic agriculture organisations in Nigeria and a focal institution implementing the Knowledge Centre For Organic Agriculture in Africa (KCOA). The event is set to promote organic and ecological agriculture and involved sales exhibitions, sharing sessions (experiences, partnerships, networking, etc.) and communication with the actors in the value chain. The event also promoted the exhibition of processed agricultural products, agro-ecological and organic inputs (seeds, fertilizers), stimulate the expansion of the network of organic consumers with the promotion of EOA, among the population. It also aimed to create a framework for exchanges between the different links in the value chain. The event served as a side event at the Association’s Annual General Meeting, with exhibitors of several organic produce in attendance.

Organic Weekend is set to promote and intensify the level of awareness and advocacy in organic agriculture in Nigeria, promote organic agribusiness through the clusters of stakeholders in the organic agriculture value chain. The Governing Board , members of the Association (NOAN), at all categories commend the efforts of GIZ, Enda Pronat, FENAB and Agrecol for this laudable course and hope to have events of this nature and more taken place.

 

NOAN Accepts New Leaders,Hosts Organic Weekend

The 2021 Annual General Meeting marked the emergence of new leaders for the Association’s Governing Board and the Board of Trustees. Members of Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria gathered at Abuja to determine the next line of action for the continuous piloting of the Association. The event also hosted the maiden edition of the much anticipated KCOA Organic Weekend which was aimed at showcasing the varieties of organic produce and to foster networking and interaction among stakeholder in organic agriculture value chain. Organic weekend is an initiative of the Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa, a project sponsored by the GIZ and implemented by Enda Pronat, Agrecol and FENAB, this event added glamour to the AGM as members were able to trade and network with the exhibitors . It was a hybrid of both physical and virtual participation.

The 2021 AGM took place at Abuja City Park, Ahmadu Bello way, Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria. The Abuja State Chapter of the Association was also inaugurated. It also included the final presentation of the reviewed Constitution and bylaw of the Association, the dissolution and the election of the new Executive Committee members.

The President of the Association, Prof V. I. Olowe in his address presented the achievements of his team and advised the incoming EXCOs to weigh their performances  with the Key Performance Indicator, not forgetting the evaluation of the Strategic Plan drawn by the Prof. Olowe led administration. He also requested that respective participants and officers be fair in dealing with one another as the new leaders come in to the office. Members of the Association agreed that the following be made members f the Board of Trustees viz:

  1. Gideon A. Adeoye
  2. James Adediran
  3. Timothy I. Olabiyi
  4. Nkiru T. Meludu
  5. Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa

The Chairman of the Electoral Committee appreciated all participants, the outgoing EXCOs for giving her the opportunity to execute the task successfully and fairly, members of the Association, the Secretary, Electoral Committee, Miss Rebecca Okunola and every other persons who contributed at one area or the other towards the success of the election. She requested that the elected Executive Committee members come to the podium for recognition.

Members voted through various platforms mandated by the electoral committee and the following emerged the elected Executive Committee members:

  1. Dr Jude C. Obi – President
  2. Alhaji Luqman Oladapo – Vice President
  3. Dr Olufemi Ayanfeoluwa – General Secretary
  4. Dr Uko Ibeabuchi – Assistant General Secretary
  5. Chief Mosudi Salimonu – Financial Secretary
  6. Dr Ogechi Umeh – Treasurer
  7. Mrs Abimbola Sakirah Majolagbe – Public Relations Officer
  8. Dr Akudo Onunwa – Editor

The newly elected President, Dr Jude C. Obi in his closing remark expressed his gratitude to members of the Association at all categories and the partners of the Association for their continuous support at various capacities. He vowed to ensure he makes effort towards the attainment of the expected height and growth for the Association, he also wished every participants safe journey back to their various destinations. The next AGM was agreed to take place at Awka, Anambra State. Members of staff, members of the Association wish the outgoing Executive Committee members success in their future endeavours and the new EXCOs and BOT excellent performance in their various portfolios.

 

 

Delta State Chapter of the Association Visits The New VC, Delta State University,Ozoro.

A fifteen member (three farmers and twelve lecturers) delegates of Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, Delta State Chapter paid a courtesy visit to the office of the Vice Chancellor, Delta State university, Ozoro on January 18 ,2022. The purpose of the visit was to felicitate with Prof S. J Oboreh, the newly appointed Vice Chancellor of the university, hint him of the existence, objectives and  goals of the Association and OAPTIN in the institution.

The chairman of the Association, Delta State Chapter, Dr Mrs Atoma C. N. who led the team, congratulated the Vice Chancellor and clearly noted that his pedigree, track records, hard work and marvelous impact of his administration as a rector in the same institution when it was a polytechnic paved the way for his present appointment.

The overview of the Association was presented to the Vice Chancellor, the entire management and members of staff of the university. The Vice Chancellor in his opening remarks informed members of the Association of the successful approval of 25 programmes by the National University Board and his readiness with the cooperation of all members of staff in making the institution of international standard. In his response to the organic movement, he expressed great joy with the association pointing out the need for sustainable agriculture and chemical free food to avoid the hazards and negative effect of such foods on humans. However, he expressed fear of the world going hungry if the use of fertilizer that boost yield is eliminated in agricultural production. In conclusion, Dr Mrs Atoma re-emphasized the great benefits of Organic Agriculture and that  organic can feed the world. At this point, 100% natural Fufu flour, Pepper, proceedings of Organic Delta 2019 and other relevant materials were presented to the vice chancellor. The chairman also briefed the V C on the workshops organized and photo clips of Organic Delta2019 organized by OAPTIN were projected for their view. The chairman equally requested for a portion of land to be dedicated to Organic Agriculture in the Institution. In response, the vice chancellor promised to look into the request.

The management and staff of the University such as the Registrar and the Bursar were in attendance in like manner. The visit gave a momentum to the establishment of the Association and organic agriculture in the institution and Delta State as a whole.

ANNOUNCEMENT AND EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE KCOA ORGANIC WEEKEND

The “Organic Weekends” are moments of exhibition, sales and debates on the positive impact of
Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) on the population and on the environment. This event is
proposed to encourage and support the organisation or participation of actors (producers,
processors, traders, consumers, BDS (Business Development Services) in small fairs (Organic
Weekends).
Objectives of the “Organic” Weekend
The purpose of this event is to promote organic and ecological agriculture. This activity consists
of sales exhibitions, sharing sessions (experiences, partnerships, networking, etc.) and
communication with the actors in the value chain.
Specific objectives
 Develop an attractive space that can highlight the activity to encourage consumer
acceptance
 Promote the exhibition of processed agricultural products, agro-ecological and organic
inputs (seeds, fertilizers…)
 Expanding the network of organic consumers with the promotion of EOA, among the
population
 Promote discussion on the topic of LBS among the actors of the value chain
 Create a framework for exchanges between the different links in the value chain
Expectations from the participant of organic weekend
 The layout and décor of the market will encourage consumer acceptance
 Agro-ecological products, processed products, inputs, and agricultural equipment are on
display
 The network of organic and agro ecological consumers is better known and expanded for
the promotion of EOA at this organic weekend
 The discussion on the topic of EOA is held by the actors of the value chain
 Exchanges are established between links in the value chain.
Participants
Producers of Organic/Ecological products,
Processors,
Traders and Organic Consumers
The businessmen services at the AEB’s turn
Local press
Organisations (Producers, NGOs ….)
Proposed Date : 28th March 2022
Proposed location : Abuja
Sponsorhip : Moderate support for maximum of ten (10) participants is avalable
Expression of interest
Interested participants should submit a short profile including :
Name of farm(s)/enterprises
Location of the farm(s)/enterprises
NOAN Membership status
Certification status
List of produce(s)/service(s)
Any other information that may help the screening /selection process
To the NOAN-KCOA Project Manager (ezegbogufidelis@gmail.com not later than midnight February 28, 2022)

Abuja Hosts the 6th Annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit

“To catalyze development of Organic Agriculture business in Nigeria, there is need to improve the capacities of strategic stakeholders of Organic Agriculture in Nigeria”, this was the statement made by the Director/CEO of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, represented by Mr Williams Ezeagwu at the 6th annual National Organic Agriculture Business Summit held at the Conference Hall of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Maitama, Abuja on November 2 to 4, 2021.

The summit was attended both virtually and physically by participants within and outside Nigeria, ministries, departments and agencies of government were eminently present and represented. It featured its traditional plenary presentations, colloquiums, business fora and scientific syndicates. At the opening session of the event, key officers of ministries, partner organizations appreciated the organizers and members of the audience for the opportunity to be part of the event while delivering their goodwill messages. The gbagi dance group of Kebbi State also entertained with their dance drama, the gbagi community is known mainly for farming and this was demonstrated in their dance session.

An award was presented to Col. Abubakar Maimalari for his selfless efforts in ensuring organic agriculture thrives in Nigeria. Organiculture, the dedicated journal for the summit was also  launched at the event. The mainstreaming of the organic agriculture curriculum into Nigerian tertiary institutions in Nigeria which was a work in progress was taken up by the  Ministry of Education, it was announced by Mr. Kehinde Osinnanike, a representative of the ministry who promised to make the curriculum a ministerial document.

Mr Elzakkar Bodewin from Louis Bolk AgroEco institute, the Netherlands during the first plenary presentation “Trends in Global Organic Trade: Opportunities for organic agriculture export development in Nigeria, listed out the product trends in the global market viz: Curcuma(turmeric), ginger, cocoa, soy, sesame. Mr. Elzakkar pointed out the demand for gluten free cassava, novel foods such as coconut water. Challenges faced include shifts in producer countries, COVID 19 market disruption, though some segments are expanding at 20% pace per annum, there are reluctance in taking African exporters serious, food security issues, logistics and reasonable cost price issues.

Speaking further, Mr. Elzakkar pointed out that the trends of unprofessionalism is also damaging  the image of Nigerian exporters, lack of long term commitment, quality and consistency and that quite often, pesticides and residues make the organic produce contaminated, this necessitate the need for proper logistic, processing and packaging.

He advised that exporters need to focus on niche products such as red palm oil, indigenous, exotic vegetables which are with lesser competition, engage the national quality control (subsidy to develop farmer groups, pay for foreign certificate costs, BIOFACH presence and continue annual summits).

At the first colloquium of the event Mrs. Janet Igoh of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture informed participants of the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme at NCA in 2016, one of the various activities of the ministry, which involved the complimentary use of organic Fertilizers. The ministry took organic fertilizers to the nooks and crannies of Nigeria, she added that fertilizers are taken to the laboratory for tests, evaluation and are labeled accordingly and that quality assurance is one of the areas the ministry concentrates on.

At the fifth plenary presentation, the Country coordinator, EOA initiative, Nigeria and the convener of the yearly business summit, Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa announced that Nigeria is yet to have a specific policy for guiding organic agriculture, the fertilizer policy in Nigeria has a section on organic agriculture but this is limited to organic fertilizers which is just a component of organic agriculture and these call for a need for the government of Nigeria to pay more attention by regulating the organic sector in the country through appropriate policies.

The event did not end without the nomination of the next hosts of the 2022 and 2023 annual organic agriculture business summit which are Ibadan and Abakaliki respectively. This was agreed by the Local Organising Committee, National Organising Committee and participants. The LOC Chairman, Mr. Rufus Durodoye expressed his gratitude to the Director of NEPC, Mr. Segun Awolowo, the NOC chairman, members of staff of NOABS secretariat, participants and every other entities who have contributed at various capacities towards the success of the 2021 summit. Dr AdeOluwa also appreciated every contributors in all areas and added that the preparation for the Ibadan summit starts immediately.

Oyo State Chapter of the Association Invites Members and General Public to Its Organic Stakeholders’ Meeting

The Oyo State Chapter of Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria on September 7, 2021 invited all members nationwide to its organic stakeholders’ meeting held both physically and virtually ,this was aired at six different viewing centers viz: The Association’s headquarters, University of Ibadan Teaching and Research Farm Hall, Farmers’ Hall, OYSADA (formerly OYSADEP), Apata, Okeogun OYSADA office, TEDE, Ogbomoso Bee Hall, LAUTECH, Ibarapa East Secretariat, Eruwa.

The President of the Association, Prof. V.I.Olowe joined in to give his blessings, in his remarks, he commended the efforts of the State Chapter as a pacesetter state. The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Aderonke Sansi, the Chairperson of the Chapter, Alhaji Luqman Oladapo, Mrs. Oyetoun Alonge and Dr. Olufemi Ayanfeoluwa and was anchored by Mr. Taiwo Oduola, the Association’s National Public Relations Officer and Mr. Rasheed Adegbola, the State Public Relations Officer.

During his lecture, Alhaji Luqman Oladapo pointed out that in organic agriculture, land preparation is very important which includes the selection of well drained land, a fertile land with well drained clay loam to sandy loam soils with infiltration rate. He added that farmers need to use land clearing methods and equipment that will uproot trees with minimum disturbance of top soils e.g hoes, diggers, axes and cutlasses. He also pointed out that organic agriculture is not limited to vegetable production, crops and livestock can also be cultivated. One of the soil hacks he gave during the lecture was the physical testing of soil for fertility: when you take a handful of soil and squeeze, it stays as a ball, that indicated that the soil is too wet. If it is powdered, contains hard cramp, that makes it too dry. But if it crumbles freely, it is just right for cultivation.

The second facilitator, Mrs. Oyetoun Alonge  spoke on pests and weed management in organic crop production, she stated that pest control is achieved through the use of appropriate cropping techniques such as crop rotation, biological control such as the launching of birds on farms to pick insects. Physical or mechanical pest control includes mowing, hoeing, soil solorization, tilling or cultivation (which helps in killing insect through turning) and washing. She added that the presence of earthworm, mushroom, micro and macro organisms, sea snails indicates that a soil is fertile. They are mostly blackish or brownish, absence of these indicate soil depletion.

There were one or more lessons learnt from the presentation of Dr. Aderonke Sansi on disease prevention and parasite control in organic livestock and parasite control in organic livestock production. According to Dr. Sansi, livestock production requires ample space, the animals should be allowed to express their behavioural attitudes. Animal nutrition is also very important to allow for good bacteria in their digestive system.

Dr. Olufemi Ayanfeoluwa explained the PGS certification in precepts. He pointed out that the period of conversion of farmland to organic farm is a minimum of three (3) years, hybrid seed are allowed in organic agriculture, they can be washed thrice and sun dried before planting. Content of produce has to be at least 60% natural to pass for organic certification.

At the end of the workshop, Mr. Taiwo Oduola added that the Association is the only organic agriculture organization with standards, he added that the Association is open to members willing to join. This was a great feat in the road to the emancipation of organic agriculture at the state and the national level, members of the Association congratulates Oyo State chapter on the success of the just concluded training and we hope other state chapters follow suit.

Knowledge Hub For Organic Agriculture in West Africa Organises a Three Day Workshop in Nigeria

Knowledge Hub For Organic Agriculture in West Africa , an initiative implemented by Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN) organized a 3 day workshop for stakeholders at all categories of its membership and other organic agriculture enthusiasts in Nigera.  These workshops include the maiden edition of the meeting of members of the national steering committee of Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Nigeria (KCOA). The three days workshop took place at the Board Room of Bible Guest House, Samonda dated April 20 to 22, 2021, sponsored by Agrecol and KCOA. The first  workshop was on April 20, 2021 and was titled “ Workshop on The Evaluation and validation of The Report of The Studies on Exchange Network, Participatory Guarantee System and market Information. Notable guests in attendance, among others, were Prof. V. I Olowe, the President of the Association, Dr. Olugbenga AdeOluwa, The Vice President of the Association who also doubled as the Resource Person,, Dr Jude C. Obi, the Country Coordinator, KCOA, Nigeria, Dr.  Emmanuel Ayanfeoluwa who was also a Resource Person at the event.  While speaking at the event, Barr Sowemimo of Ope farms advised that we all need to leverage on technology in achieving our goals as organic farmers, social media handles need to listed in order of priority and utilize strategically. Prof. Olowe during question and answer session added that there are more emphasis on production than value addition, accessibility is also the issue.

The second day was the Workshop on Constitutive General Assembly of the National Steering Committee (NSC) Within The Framework of the Knowledge Cluster on Organic Agriculture in West Africa.  Members of the steering committee and other stakeholders, nominated from major geopolitical zones of Nigeria and representatives from ministries of agriculture, communication and educational sectors, organic agriculture networks were in attendance. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together main members of the National Steering Committee and those who constituted the general assembly and to define the objectives of the KCOA project which includes, among others, meeting when necessary, define all approaches and method for the implementation of the project, to act as intermediaries and perform annual evaluation of achievements, implementation of project activities in conjunction with relevant national stakeholders.

Participants were familiarized with KCOA project and responsibilities of members in ensuring the implementation and the time frame.

The third was the Workshop on The Establishment of Local and National Networks, this had in attendance stakeholders in various levels of organic agriculture system. The aim was to establish local and international network. The activities involves the identification of various actors in the value chain of organic agriculture. The activities followed these sequence- identification of actors, their location and contact addresses, categorization/ classification, engagement, collection of information and finally the analysis of data/information obtained. It was a participatory exercise which went further into putting names on the actors in the value chain identified. To ensure consistency after the workshop, a group was formed for follow up from what was created at the workshop.

The three days events were indeed landmark events as it focused on the need areas for stakeholders at all levels and this creates a potential quantum leap in emancipation of organic agriculture system both nationally and regionally.