Name: The Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria
Country: Nigeria
Active Since: 2008

Member of IFOAM – Organics International since 2010

The Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners of Nigeria (NOAN) is a member of IFOAM – Organics International that brings together stakeholders of organic agriculture in Nigeria and is also their link to the international community.

Group picture of the attendees at one of NOAN’s AGM meeting © NOAN

It is through one of these international interactions that NOAN collaborated with IFOAM – Organics International and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmBH to conduct the Training of Teams of Trainers (ToToT) in Nigeria from 1 – 5 February 2021.

The training was supposed to be conducted fully in-person, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it ensued in a hybrid format. The training was re-designed to ensure that virtual participants felt fully part of the various activities.

“It really was a great training experience. During that process, my outlook changed. It was this training together with the EOALC that gave me the motivation and leadership skills to become the president of NOAN”, reflects Jude Obi, the National President of NOAN and the coordinator of the Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture (KCOA) in Africa.

Jude is not the only one to benefit from the work that NOAN is doing in providing capacity development opportunities to different stakeholders in Nigeria and West Africa. A lot of practitioners have participated in the ToToTs so far and this is thanks to organisations like NOAN which are advocating for empowerment and providing access to information and resources like these training sessions.

Some of the NOAN members with the ToToT participants visiting a farm during an excursion © IFOAM – Organics International

NOAN is one of the partners of the KCOA in West Africa, with whom they carried out the ToToT and EOALC training sessions together. NOAN is participating in the KCOA project because together, they can achieve results that are beneficial to farmers in rural areas and other actors within the value chain, including policymakers, citizens and even in the maintenance of a sustainable environment.

In this collaboration, both organisations have created a multiplier effect through the training sessions that have also reached conventional farmers and provided them the tools they need to adopt organic practices on their farms. 

The training also helps participants establish a functional network not just amongst themselves, but also with the farmers. NOAN wants to empower organic farmers beyond access to information and training opportunities. It also  wants to link them to important groups like  certifiers, processors and other value chain actors.

One of the ToToT participants Abimbola sharing her message on the #IGrowYourFood action day

Building a value chain network is something that NOAN is currently working on  by developing various platforms that will simplify and smoothen the connectivities among the actors.

The indigenous knowledge collected as part of the KCOA project will be processed and hosted in a digital platform where organic farmers can easily access it in a variety of formats and native languages and not only English. This helps eliminate obstacles many farmers face when looking for information on how to farm organically.  

That is why it is important to work with an organisation like IFOAM – Organics International. It is a repository that provides different avenues to exchange information and is a library of organic-related knowledge”, Jude enthusiastically shares.

Becoming a member of IFOAM – Organics International is the best thing that happened to NOAN, and it is the gift that keeps giving

Acknowledgment

Special thanks to Jude Obi through whom it was possible to understand the workings of NOAN and its activities. Jude is an academic staff member in the Department of Soil Science and Land Resources Management at the University of Uyo in Nigeria. His interest in soil also extends to the Soil Scientists Society of Nigeria which plays a huge role in soil policy and the management of soil as a natural resource to support sustainable food production and security.

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