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Julie Matovu was the lead consultant in the study for conducting an analysis on the level of organisation of the organic sector in Africa and how to strengthen the organised organic agricultural sector through the Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers’ Organisations. The study findings are now accessible and provide a window into the insights gathered.

As the Intercontinental Network for Organic Farmers’ Organisations (INOFO) continues to expand its presence across the globe, it is both gratifying and encouraging to receive positive feedback not only from the farmers but also from a myriad of stakeholders who are actively contributing to the advancement of organic agriculture and agroecology.

In a recent study seeking to garner the insights and opinions of different stakeholders on how to strengthen the organised organic agricultural sector in Africa through INOFO, it was observed that a resounding consensus emerged. A remarkable 80% of participants, hailing from Eastern, Western, Southern, and Central Africa, agreed to establish a Pan African Network of Organic Farmer Organisations (OFOs).

The study was an analysis on the state of organisation of the organic sector in Africa and how to strengthen the organised organic agricultural sector through INOFO. The findings of this study have yielded valuable insights!

INOFO Africa’s taskforce with their trainers during a workshop in Gilgil, Kenya © INOFO Africa

Challenges and chances for collaborations

The study revealed challenges in the organic agriculture sector, including limited market access, knowledge gaps, and financial constraints. It also unveiled diverse organisational structures within OFOs, with cooperatives slightly outnumbering other types. Most OFOs are registered, hinting at potential mainstreaming of organic agriculture in the future. Non-OFO stakeholders, mainly engaged in existing movements, expressed interest in a Pan African Network, which the study supports thus highlighting the significance of collaboration and anticipating benefits such as resource mobilisation and policy influence.

The means that both OFOs and non-OFO stakeholders share common interests in strengthening the organic sector in Africa. The establishment of a Pan-African Network is seen as a solution to address challenges and align priorities. Overall, the findings highlight a collective commitment to the future of organic agriculture in Africa through collaborative efforts and the establishment of a unified network.

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