East Africa
Promoting Production and Trading Opportunities for Organic Agricultural Products in East Africa

1. Background studies

The project will commission capacity-building studies prepared by international and national experts on key issues identified in the course of previous consultations and activities focused on OA in the three countries. The studies will be focused on providing relevant stakeholders in these countries with essential information and analysis in the promotion of OA production and trading opportunities. At present the following studies are foreseen:

2. National integrated assessments of organic agriculture

National integrated assessments of organic agriculture will be undertaken in Kenya, the Republic of Tanzania and Uganda. The assessments will build upon studies and other work already carried out. Main components of the national assessment studies could include:

The three national assessment studies are being carried out, led by national institutions (e.g. academic institutions, think-tanks or non-governmental organizations), who have been designated by, and work in close cooperation with, relevant national government ministries, such as the ministries of agriculture, environment, trade and development.

The national institutions are responsible for facilitating the overall implementation of the assessment studies, including organizing workshops and consultations, etc.

For each of the country projects, National Steering Committees will be established to identify the main issues and concerns to be addressed, to define methodologies to be followed, and to provide guidance on responding to the outcome of the integrated assessment initiatives.

The integrated assessment studies will be launched at national workshops that could include training seminars for project partners on integrated assessment methodologies. The national workshops will also provide a forum for the participation of relevant stakeholders, including farmers, local community organizations, organic agricultural associations, non-government organizations, the private sector, and others. Stakeholder involvement is a critical component of the assessments. A regional workshop will also be convened to ensure cohesion between the three national assessments and to allow partners to discuss successes and constraints to implementation.

A synthesis report will be developed summarizing the results of the assessment studies, outlining the national policy options and suggesting future activities. Finally, a regional/international workshop will be convened to allow the assessment study project participants to present the results to a wider audience.

3. Regional Cooperation among Kenya, the Republic of Tanzania and Uganda

Activities under the regional cooperation component will build on work already carried out in the region, in particular through the Export Promotion of Organic Products from Africa (EPOPA) project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The aim of the regional component is to facilitate exchange of national experiences, ensure overall project coherency, identify areas for regional cooperation, and explore the development of an East African Organic Agriculture Standard.

The mechanisms created to assist regional cooperation include the Regional Steering Committee, the Regional Standard Technical Working Group and regional workshops to be held during the project. The first meeting of the Regional Steering Committee was held in Kampala, Uganda, on 20 October, 2005 (see link for details). The Committee includes one government representative from each country, one representative from the private organic sector of each country, and one representative from each national institution participating in the national assessment studies.

The first meeting of the Regional Standard Technical Working Group was also held in Kampala, on 24 October, 2005. This group includes individuals with technical knowledge of organic production standards from each country, and at least one of whom has been involved in the development of the draft national standards.

A second regional workshop is planned for March, 2006, in Arusha, Tanzania. At this meeting the draft regional standard developed by the technical working group will be discussed and reviewed as well as the institutional arrangements to implement the standard and other forms of regional cooperation in the area of organic agriculture.

  Date Location Title of East African project event    
  24 September 2008 Geneva, Switzerland Lunchtime Briefing for Geneva-based Delegates in conjunction with the UNCTAD Trade and Development Board More ...  
  03 October 2007 Geneva, Switzerland Environmental Requirements and Market Access: Turning Challenges into Opportunities More ...  
  28 May 2007 Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania East African Organic Conference, Unleashing the Potential of Organic Agriculture More ...  
  14 December 2006 Nairobi, Kenya 4th Meeting of the Regional Standards Technical Working Group (RSTWG) More ...  
  13 December 2006 Nairobi, Kenya Organic Standard Forum More ...  
  13 December 2006 Nairobi, Kenya Joint Session, IFOAM Standards Committee - Regional Standard Technical Working Group (RSTWG) More ...  
  12 December 2006 Nairobi, Kenya Joint Field Trip to Organic Farm - RSTWG-SC More ...  
  11 December 2006 Nairobi, Kenya Regional Steering Committee (RSC) meeting More ...  
  11 December 2006 Nairobi, Kenya East Africa Policy Workshop on Organic Agriculture More ...  
  25 May 2006 Nairobi, Kenya 3rd meeting of the Regional Standard Technical Working Group More ...  
  06 March 2006 Arusha, Tanzania CBTF Regional Workshop on Organic Agriculture in East Africa More ...  
  25 October 2005 Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania Tanzania National Integrated Assessment launch More ...  
  24 October 2005 Kampala, Uganda Regional Standard Technical Working Group More ...  
  20 October 2005 Kampala, Uganda Uganda National Integrated Assessment launch More ...  
  20 October 2005 Kampala, Uganda Regional Steering Committee Meeting More ...  
  19 October 2005 Kampala, Uganda Regional Launch of the CBTF project on Promoting Production and Trading Opportunities for Organic Agricultural Products in East Africa More ...  

order by column heading
  Date Title of East African project material Author
Handout
Ppt
Study
 
  04 December 2008 Brochure .
 
  24 September 2008 Summary Secretariat
 
  24 September 2008 International Task Force on Harmonisation and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture (ITF) Secretariat
 
  24 September 2008 UNEP-UNCTAD CBTF: Promoting Production and Trading Opportunities for Organic Agricultural Products Secretariat
 
  24 September 2008 Opening Remarks made by Mrs. Lakshmi Puri, Acting Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD Secretariat
 
  24 September 2008 List of participants Secretariat
 
  17 December 2007 Workshop Proceedings Report Secretariat
 
  31 October 2007 Final report Secretariat
 
  09 October 2007 Opening Statement by Ambassador Eckart Guth, Permanent Delegation of the European Commission .
 
  09 October 2007 Opening Statement by Ms. Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel Convention/UNEP .
 
  08 October 2007 Opening Remarks made by, Mr. Harsha V. Singh, Deputy Director-General, WTO .
 
  08 October 2007 Concluding Remarks Secretariat
 
  08 October 2007 Opening Statement by Mr. Paulo De Mesquita, Minister Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Brazil .
 
  08 October 2007 List of participants Secretariat
 
  04 October 2007 Opening Remarks made by Mr. Shafqat Kakakhel, Deputy Executive Director of UNEP Secretariat
 
  04 October 2007 Opening Remarks made by Mrs. Lakshmi Puri, Acting Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD Secretariat
 
  03 October 2007 Session II - Electric and electronic goods in Thailand: adjusting to environmental directives Mr C Hengrasmee
 
  03 October 2007 Session II - Main Concerns & Key Challenges facing Developing Countries: Focus on the Situation in India Mr R Goel
 
  03 October 2007 Session II - EU developments in the sector of electrical and electronic equipment Mr Kurt van der Herten
 
  03 October 2007 Session I - Organic Production in Rwanda Mr George Kayonga
 
  03 October 2007 Session I - Development of the East African Organic Products Standards: Unfolding trading opportunities within and out side the region Mr Musa.K. Muwanga
 
  03 October 2007 Session I - Organic Production and Trade: Contributions, opportunities, challenges and constraints Ms Echeverría
 
  01 October 2007 Final Agenda Secretariat
 
  01 October 2007 Sector Background Note – Electrical and Electronic Equipment .
 
  01 October 2007 Sector Background Note – Organic Agriculture .
 
  17 September 2007 Leaflet Secretariat
 
  04 June 2007 Organising Smallholder Supply Chain For Local Markets Ministry of Agriculture, Tanzania
 
  04 June 2007 A Consumer Survey of Attitudes and Preferences Towards Organic Foods Samuel K. Ndungu, KOAN
 
  04 June 2007 Summary of the International Conference on Organic Agriculture (OA) and Food Security Bouagnimbeck, IFOAM
 
  04 June 2007 International Organic Outlook Caudle. IFOAM
 
  04 June 2007 Global Market Trends for Organic Products Kasterine, International Trade Centre
 
  04 June 2007 Household Food Security Effects of Organic Export Production a gendered analysis Danish Institute for International Studies
 
  04 June 2007 Launching of the East African Organic Standard and Mark .
 
  04 June 2007 Organic Agricultural Development In Uganda Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
 
  04 June 2007 Kenya Organic Agriculture Paper .
 
  04 June 2007 Organic Production in Rwanda Kalibata, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources
 
  04 June 2007 Organic Agricultural Development In Uganda Opolot, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries
 
  04 June 2007 The East African organic product standard- EAS 456:2007 Use and content Kiarii, KOAN
 
  04 June 2007 Agenda 30-31 May Secretariat
 
  04 June 2007 The East African organic product standard- EAS 456:2007 Process of development Msaki, Tanzania Bureau of Standards
 
  04 June 2007 UCHUMI supermarkets Peter Nderu, UCHUMI
 
  04 June 2007 Organizing smallholder supply chains for Allanblackia markets FAIDA
 
  04 June 2007 Facilitating Small-holder Farmers to Access Markets Case Study, Kenya KOAN
 
  04 June 2007 Contract Farming - A framework to link smallholder farmers to markets Edmond Ringo, Matchmakers
 
  04 June 2007 Certification: how it works in reality Leonard Mtama, TanCert
 
  04 June 2007 ICS Experience for Smallholder Farmer Groups Gabriel Lyatuu, KNCU
 
  04 June 2007 Internal Control System (ICS) Ray Mjunguli, Agro Eco Tz
 
  04 June 2007 The relationships among quality assurance systems Mattsson, Grolink
 
  04 June 2007 Bonde la Chemchem Sabuko in Siha Kilimanjaro. Ng'maryo
 
  04 June 2007 Capacity Building Study 3: Organic Agriculture and Food Security in East Africa Rachel Hine and Jules Pretty
 
  04 June 2007 Local Organic marketing in Uganda Moses. K. Muwanga, NOGAMU
 
  04 June 2007 Organic Agriculture and Food Security in East Africa Hine and Pretty, University of Essex
 
  04 June 2007 East African Community Standardisation Process Manyindo, Uganda National Bureau of Standards
 
  04 June 2007 Implementation Plan for Kenya .
 
  04 June 2007 Export Promotion of Organic Products from Africa EPOPA
 
  04 June 2007 Organic Markets in Africa Gunnar Rundgren, IFOAM
 
  04 June 2007 The Role Of EAC And Bureaus Of Standards In Standardization Of OA East African Community Secretariat
 
  04 June 2007 Co-operating in partnership for strengthening organic agriculture and reducing poverty Aigelsperger
 
  04 June 2007 Development Options for the Emerging Organic Sectors Boor, IFOAM
 
  04 June 2007 Perspectives on Organic Agriculture Development in Uganda Muwanga
 
  04 June 2007 ITC Technical Assistance in the Organics Sector ITC
 
  04 June 2007 Improving Market Access For Drylands Commodities Drylands Development Centre
 
  04 June 2007 Moving the Organic Agenda Ahead in Ghana Monney, Ministry of Food and Agriculture
 
  04 June 2007 SWOT Analysis Of Organic Agriculture In Other African Countries Group 4
 
  04 June 2007 Organic Agriculture in Sudan .
 
  04 June 2007 The Tanzania Integrated Assessment Shechambo, Envirocare
 
  04 June 2007 Organic agriculture in Uganda Dinah, Ministry of Agriculture animal Industries & Fisheries
 
  04 June 2007 United States African Development Foundation Fields, USADF
 
  04 June 2007 Organic Agriculture in Sudan Adam, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests
 
  04 June 2007 Organising Smallholder Supply Chain For Local Markets Mwasha, Ministry of Agriculture Food Security and Cooperatives
 
  04 June 2007 Process and Recommendations of IAP - Kenya Oyare, Bridge Africa
 
  04 June 2007 Kenya Country Report Kenyan Stakeholders
 
  04 June 2007 IFAD and Organic Agriculture Juma, IFAD
 
  04 June 2007 From Integrated Assessment to Integrated Policy Making Naqvi, Secretariat
 
  04 June 2007 What is in the East African organic product standard? Sana
 
  04 June 2007 Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation Hivos
 
  04 June 2007 Organic Production in Rwanda Kalibata, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources
 
  04 June 2007 Integrated Assessment of Uganda’s Organic Agriculture Sub-Sector Potential Growth Scenarios, Impacts and Policy Response Options .
 
  04 June 2007 Progress on Organic Agriculture in Kenya Amatha, Ministry of Agriculture
 
  04 June 2007 Scaling up Organic Agriculture Production and Trade Recommendations .
 
  04 June 2007 Organic in African in COMESA Miti
 
  04 June 2007 Implementing Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Mwape AU/NEPAD/FAO
 
  14 May 2007 East African organic products standard Secretariat
 
  14 May 2007 Logistics Note Secretariat
 
  04 May 2007 Registration Form Secretariat
 
  04 May 2007 Brochure Secretariat
 
  04 May 2007 Agenda 28-29 May Secretariat
 
  17 January 2007 East Africa Organic Standard Final Draft Secretariat
 
  13 December 2006 International Task Force on Harmonization and Eqivalency in Organic Agriculture (ITF) Secretariat
 
  13 December 2006 CODEX Guidelines On Organically Produced Foods Selma H. Doyran, Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme
 
  13 December 2006 East African Organic Standards as an East African Community Standard Kenya Bureau of Standards
 
  13 December 2006 The East African Organic Standard Secretariat
 
  13 December 2006 Certification of small holders in India Mariella Sandini
 
  13 December 2006 Participatory Guarantee Systems IFOAM
 
  13 December 2006 Revision of EU regulation 2092/91 Target 1 January 2009 Secretariat
 
  13 December 2006 Organic Agriculture Standards In East Africa Charles Walaga
 
  13 December 2006 The Organic Agriculture Sector in the East Africa Region, (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) Eustace Kiarii, Kenya, KOAN, EAOT
 
  13 December 2006 IFOAM Organic Guarentee System (OGS) IFOAM
 
  13 December 2006 Work of the RSTWG Gama Jam Toam
 
  13 December 2006 Organic standards, Organic standards, certification, and regulations certification, and regulations in Thailand Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand (ACT)
 
  11 December 2006 Progress of the Tanzania Integrated Assessment Work Fanuel Shechambo
 
  11 December 2006 Concrete Action to be Taken at the National Level: Tanzania Tanzania
 
  11 December 2006 Organic Policy Gunnar Rundgren
 
  11 December 2006 Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP) for Organic Agriculture in Kenya. Draft Country Report Bridge Africa
 
  11 December 2006 Organic Sector Development in Zambia Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia OPPAZ
 
  11 December 2006 The IA of the OA sub-sector in Uganda: The Process, Key Issues and PolicyRecommendations ACODE
 
  11 December 2006 Organic Policy Formulation Process in Tanzania Mafs
 
  11 December 2006 Rwanda’s Policy on Organic Agriculture Charles Rutagengwa
 
  08 December 2006 Capacity Building Study 3: Organic Agriculture, Sustainability and Food Security in East Africa Rachel Hine and Jules Pretty
 
  08 December 2006 Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP) for Organic Agriculture in Kenya KIPPRA
 
  08 December 2006 Overview of the Current State of Organic Agriculture in Kenya, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania and the Opportunities for Regional Harmonization Secretariat
 
  08 December 2006 Integrated Assessment of Uganda’s Organic Agriculture Policy. Socio-economic and Environmental Impacts, Alternative Scenarios and Policy Response Options Godber Tumushabe, Alice Ruhweza, Moses, Ben Naturinda
 
  07 December 2006 Comments on the 2nd draft of the East African Organic Standard Secretariat
 
  06 December 2006 Best practices for organic policy: what developing country governments can do to promote the organic sector Gunnar Rundgren, IFOAM
 
  25 May 2006 Draft Agenda Secretariat
 
  25 May 2006 Members and Observers Secretariat
 
  25 May 2006 East African Organic Standard - Draft 1 Secretariat
 
  05 April 2006 Final Report Secretariat
 
  05 April 2006 IFOAM Organic standards, East Africa (OSEA) project Gunnar Rundgren, IFOAM
 
  05 April 2006 Organic Agriculture in the Region AgroEco Consultancy BV, Uganda Branch
 
  05 April 2006 International Task Force on Harmonisation and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture Diane Bowen, ITF
 
  05 April 2006 IFOAM worldwide Anne Boor, IFOAM
 
  05 April 2006 Framework East African Organic Standard Eva Mattson, Regional Standards Technical Working Group (RSTWG)
 
  05 April 2006 Integrated Assessment: A tool for integrating environmental, social and economic considerations in the organic agriculture policies Asad Naqvi, UNEP
 
  22 March 2006 Study 3. Organic and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in East Africa March 2006 Rachel Hine and Jules Pretty, Centre for Environment and Society
 
  22 March 2006 Supply of organic products from East Africa – NOGAMU’s experience Ruth Sebagareka, NOGAMU
 
  22 March 2006 UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity Building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development Secretariat
 
  06 March 2006 Tackling Poverty and Food Insecurity Among Smallholder Farmers through Organic Trade Peter Murage, MOOF Africa
 
  03 March 2006 Integrated Assessment Uganda - The Status of Organic Agriculture Production and Trading Opportunities in Uganda Godber Tumushabe, Advocates Coalition for Development Environment
 
  02 March 2006 Integrated Assessment Tanzania - The Status of Organic Agriculture Production and Trading Opportunities in Tanzania Esther Mella, ENVIROCARE, Fanual Shechambo, University of Dar es Salaam
 
  02 March 2006 Integrated Assessment Kenya - The Status of Organic Agriculture, Production and Trading Opportunities in Kenya Eric Oyare, Bridge Africa
 
  24 February 2006 Outline of the East African Organic Standard Secretariat
 
  17 February 2006 Overview of the Current State of Organic Agriculture in Kenya, Uganda and the Republic of Tanzania and the Opportunities for Regional Harmonization Alastair Taylor, Agro Eco
 
  17 February 2006 Best Practices for Organic Policy: What developing country governments can do to promote the organic sector Gunnar Rundgren, Grolink
 
  17 February 2006 Demand for Organic Products from East Africa Rudy Kortbech-Olesen, ITC
 
  25 October 2005 Export Promotion of Organic Products from Africa EPOPA
 
  25 October 2005 Initial Background Document on the Status of Organic Agriculture in Tanzania Tanzania National Team
 
  25 October 2005 Initial Background Document on the Status of Organic Agriculture in Tanzania Tanzania National Team
 
  25 October 2005 Project on Promoting Production and Trading Opportunities for Organic Agriculture in East Africa Mellar
 
  25 October 2005 Participation Process ENVIROCARE
 
  25 October 2005 Minutes Secretariat
 
  20 October 2005 Background Study on Organic Agriculture in Uganda - An IAP Background Paper ACODE
 
  20 October 2005 Participatory Process for Conducting the Integrated Assessment of the Organic Agriculture sub -Sector in Uganda Advocates Coalition for Development & Environment
 
  20 October 2005 Status and Challenges to Organic Agricultural Production in Uganda NOGAMU Coordinator, Organic Agricultural Development in Uganda
 
  20 October 2005 Challenges of Organic Production and Trade in Uganda with Specific Reference to Certification UgoCert
 
  20 October 2005 Proposed market study for organic products from East Africa ITC
 
  20 October 2005 UNCTAD’s Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building in the Area of Trade, Environment and Development UNCTAD
 
  19 October 2005 UNEP Experiences with Integrated Assessment in Africa UNEP
 
  19 October 2005 Organic Agriculture: A Trade and Sustainable Development Opportunity for Developing Countries - UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2005 UNCTAD
 
  19 October 2005 Status and Challenges to Organic Agricultural Production in Uganda NOGAMU Coordinator, Organic Agricultural Development in Uganda
 
  19 October 2005 Initial Background Document on the Status of Organic Agriculture in Tanzania Tanzania National Team
 
  19 October 2005 Promoting Production and Trading Opportunities for Organic Agricultural Products UNCTAD
 
  19 October 2005 Organic Agriculture in the Region AgroEco Consultancy BV, Uganda branch
 
  19 October 2005 Background Study on Organic Agriculture in Uganda - An IAP Background Paper ACODE
 
  19 October 2005 Marketing Initiatives in Uganda - Overview NOGAMU Coordinator, Organic Agricultural Development in Uganda
 
  19 October 2005 UNCTAD-FAO-IFOAM International Task Force on Harmonization and Equivalence in Organic Agriculture UNCTAD
 
  19 October 2005 National Integrated Assessment of Organic Agriculture - Kenya Bridge Africa
 

Links


The Export Promotion of Organic Products from Africa (EPOPA) programme: www.epopa.info


The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM): www.ifoam.org


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO): www.fao.org/organicag


Coordinators

  Name Telephone Fax Email    
  Asad Naqvi +41 (0)22 917 8620 +41 (0)22 917 8076 asad.naqvi@unep.ch    
  Anna Griggs +41 (0)22 917 8736 +41 (0)22 917 8076 anna.griggs@unep.ch