Nigerian Organic Agriculture Network (NOAN) is a non-governmental organization created to serve as an umbrella body for all stakeholders involved in organic agriculture in Nigeria.
The secretariat of NOAN is presently located at the Department of Agronomy, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Membership is drawn from scientists, farmers, processors, exporters, individuals, Institutions, NGOs and organizations that are key players in the organic agriculture sector in Nigeria.
NOAN also serves as a link body between organic agriculture stakeholders in Nigeria and international bodies interested in organic agriculture. The activities of NOAN are hinged on these four key thematic areas:
- Capacity building
- Standards and Certification
These areas are managed by committee members who are well experienced in such matters.
The Vision of NOAN is to improve the quality of urban and rural livelihoods through the adoption of organic agriculture in Nigeria.
A Brief History of the Association
The Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria, formerly known as Nigeria Organic Agriculture Network (NOAN) gradually evolved as far back as 2008 when some concerned academics (Profs. J. A Omueti, Prof. G.O Adeoye, Dr. O. O AdeOluwa from University of Ibadan, Prof. Odeyemi from Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Jonathan Babatola (Olusegun Obasanjo Centre for Organic Research and Development (OOCORD) and Prof. J.A Adediran (IAR&T, lbadan) met on several occasions at Ibadan to deliberate on the relevance of the newly emerging production system referred to as organic agriculture to agriculture in Nigeria. The Association was thereafter adopted as a national movement to coordinate organic agriculture activities in Nigeria at a meeting held on September 05, 2008 at Ibadan. The Association finally got registered (RC 529446) with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja in 2010 under the name of Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria.
The Association is actively involved in on-going continental projects such as the Ecological Agriculture Project Initiative (EOA-I) and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) Organic Agriculture Innovation Platform, and is well aligned to the AU-Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA) agenda, the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP) Results framework, the Malabo declaration and Agenda 2063.
The National Organic Agriculture Business Summit journey
One of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative activities implemented by the Association as Country Lead Organization (CLO) for the organization.