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.

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