Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative in Africa was borne following the decision by the Africa Heads of State and Government. The overall goal of the Action Plan is to mainstream ecological organic agriculture into national agricultural production systems by 2020. The initiative was piloted in the 2012 and executed in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia (East Africa), Nigeria (West Africa) and Zambia (Southern Africa) under the chairmanship of Africa Union Commission with funding from Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC). The initiative has six pillars namely: a) Research, Training and Extension, b) Information and Communication, c) Value Chain and Market Development, d) Networking and Partnership, e) Policy and Programme Development, f) Institutional Capacity Development. Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (formerly Nigerian Organic Agriculture Network) executed the initiative in Nigeria participating in the activities of four pillars (a – d).

Following the success and experience gained from the pilot phase, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) decided to fund the roll out of EOA initiative in eight African countries for five years (2014 – 2018). These countries comprises of four East African Countries (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia) and four West African Countries (Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Mali and Senegal). The initiative will be executed under four pillars namely: a) Research, Training and Extension, b) Information and Communication, c) Value Chain and Market Development, d) Supporting and Cementing. Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN) is the Country Lead Organization of the Initiative in Nigeria.

Goal: The overall goal of the Action Plan is to mainstream ecological agriculture into national agricultural production systems by 2020.

Vision: Vibrant Ecological Organic Systems for Enhanced Food Security and Sustainable Development in Africa.

Mission: To scale up ecologically 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.

Pillar Implementing Partners