The Nigeria Organic Agriculture Network (NOAN) on Wednesday 26th of February 2014 launched the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Nigeria. The Initiative was launched during
the organisation’s 2014 Inception Meeting held in Ibadan and I was privilege to attend.
The meeting had present stakeholders from various organisations both private and public, farmer groups, media, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to mention a few.
During the press briefing, Adeoye of NOAN explains that organic agriculture combines traditional, innovative and science based method that benefits the farmers not only in terms of high yield and better livelihood but also the environment they live. He further highlighted that the objective of the EOA will includes.
I. Create awareness and communicate appropriate information on all aspects of organic agriculture to all stakeholders
II. Promote the adoption of the science and practice of ecological organic agriculture in the agricultural system of Nigeria
III. Ensure that ecological organic practitioners observe standards and procedures that meet the universal best practices in organic agriculture
IV. Consistently provide education and training that promote capacity building and skill enhancement in organic agriculture practices
V. Promote agricultural transformation agenda by adopting ecological organic agriculture practice in Nigeria’s agricultural systems
VI. Address and eliminate any perceived difficulties and barriers to engendering harmony and inclusive practices among stakeholders
VII. Establish monitoring and evaluation system that consistently leads to effectiveness and desirable outcome in organic practices
VIII. Interact with international bodies on organic agriculture related issues.
The EOA is currently been operated in 8 countries in Africa namely Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia and now Nigeria. The initiative has funding from the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation through the
and also Bio vision Africa Network.
NOAN at the launch of the event also invites all interested stakeholder to reach out to help promote and implement the initiative so as to achieve the goal of ensuring that ecological organic agriculture is mainstream into National Agriculture Systems of Nigeria by 2020.
To Contact NOAN
Room 25, Department of Agronomy,
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry,
University of Ibadan, Nigeria.