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Name: Fédération Nationale pour l’Agriculture Biologique (FENAB)
Country: Senegal
Active Since: 2008

Member of IFOAM – Organics International since 2010

The Fédération Nationale pour l’Agriculture Biologique (FENAB) has been advocating for access to organic products and developing the organic sector in Senegal since 2008.

FENAB believes that organic agriculture is way more than just a way of producing food. It is a social issue!

As the National Federation for Organic Agriculture in Senegal, FENAB not only lobbies for the recognition and inclusion of organic in the country’s policies but also for the development of research. It is able to do this with support from its members and partners.

With 43 farmer associations, four NGOs and over 50,000 members working as smallholder farmers, FENAB uses the membership fees it receives to further strengthen its activities in the organic sector.

It has also been able to expand its activities, for instance, training and research, thanks to collaborating with international partners in the framework of projects, for example, with; Biovision Trust Africa on the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative led by the African Union; Heks-Eper; and IFOAM – Organics International.

“We believe that IFOAM – Organics International’s work, such as the annual global initiative #IGrowYourFood, is essential in highlighting the work of smallholder producers.”, shares Ibrahima Seck, the coordinator at FENAB.

Ibrahima sharing his message on the #IGrowYourFood action day. Click here for more farmer messages!

In fact, FENAB and IFOAM – Organics International have partnered on coordinating and implementing:

the Projet de Renforcement Organisationnel du Bio au Sénégal (PROBio) through the SEQUA initiative to train and support small-scale organic farmers in generating more income through additional revenue streams

Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) that enabled the creation of the Bio Senegal label that organic farmers use to show that their products are certified. Currently, five PGS trainers conduct training for farmers who want to use the PGS-label. To-date, they have certified over 290 farmers. IFOAM - Organics International at the moment also helps by providing a regular assessment of PGS in Senegal, and hopes that they will be able to do so independently, three years from now.

the Knowledge Center of Organic Agriculture (KCOA) initiative that focuses on knowledge dissemination and capacity building of trainers. It is through the KCOA that the Training of Teams of Trainers (ToToT) and Training of Trainers (ToT) was carried out in West Africa, covering Gambia, Benin, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal.

The ToToT and ToT aim to give lead trainers the necessary knowledge and practical skills to train Rural Service Providers (RSPs). Thanks to the cooperation between IFOAM – Organics International and FENAB, 200 trainers were trained, and nearly 500 multipliers were realised in West Africa.

There would be no global synergy around organic agriculture without IFOAM – Organics International. It is the global reference on the subject! That is why we are a member of this community because it enables us to stay in touch with the organic sector worldwide, and broaden our network!” Ibrahima enthusiastically expresses.

FENAB keeps an updated database of all trained participants throughout the project. It aims to use the database to create a community by connecting the trainers via a digital platform (to be developed in the future). The team hopes this will encourage the sharing and transmission of knowledge.

Ibrahima believes that the broad network enables FENAB to share information with its members and the community.


We would like to especially thank Ibrahima Seck, the coordinator of FENAB for working with us on this article.

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