- The IFOAM brochure “Genetic Engineering vs. Organic Farming” now available in French
- NOGAMU moves into own office
- The Ghana Organic Network (GOAN) launches website
- Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia (OPPAZ) Embarks on Organic Market Study
- Your project may be eligible for a grant via the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF)
- Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia (OPPAZ) Prepares for the Second African Organic Conference
- Upcoming Organic Agriculture related events
1. The IFOAM brochure “Genetic Engineering vs. Organic Farming” now available in French
| ||This easy to read brochure is a useful advocacy tool. It explains why genetic engineering and organic farming are incompatible including the consequences of releasing GMOs into the environment. |
The French version of the manual has been kindly funded by the Louise and Percy Schmeiser Foundation.
Download the English version here or the French version here.
2. NOGAMU moves into own office
| ||As of July 1, 2010, the offices of the National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU) have been relocated to Plot 957 Galukande close to Tankhill Road, Muyenga. However, the NOGAMU organic shop will remain at its current location on Plot 268 Ggaba Road, Kabalagala. NOGAMU is the owner of the building hosting its new offices. |
We congratulate NOGAMU for this achievement!
NOGAMU was set up in 2001 as a membership organization, which unites producers, processors, exporters, business service support organizations as well as other stakeholders in the organic sector in Uganda. NOGAMU is the biggest organic umbrella organization in sub-Saharan Africa with a membership of 295 organizations, representing over 1,000,000 smallholder organic farmers, of which over 180,000 are certified to international organic market standards.
NOGAMU together with other stakeholder institutions also owns the national certification and inspection body of Uganda, UgoCert, whose formation has mitigated the impact of organic certification costs by providing local inspection capacity through partnership with other international certification bodies.
The National Organic Agriculture Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU)
Contact Person: Mr. Musa K. Muwanga
Plot 957 Galukande Close, off Tank Hill Road, Muyenga
P.O. Box 70071, Clock Tower
Phone: + 256 312 26 40 39
Fax: + 256 312 26 40 40
3. The Ghana Organic Network (GOAN) launches website
| ||GOAN has recently launched its official website. There is no doubt that the development and launch of this valuable information tool will raise public awareness of organic agriculture and promote its multiple benefits both inside and outside the country. |
You are invited to visit the website at: www.goan-network.net.
4. Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia (OPPAZ) Embarks on Organic Market Study
| ||OPPAZ has embarked on an Organic Market Study Project with support from the United States African Development Foundation. The key objectives of the study is to establish the current supply in Zambia of organic honey, rice, groundnuts and pineapples and assess opportunities for marketing these products in both the Southern African region and worldwide. |
OPPAZ invite Zambian producers of the products included in the study to participate in this important study.
For more information, please contact Munshimbwe Chitalu at OPPAZ.
5. Your project may be eligible for a grant via the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF)
| ||Are you working on biodiversity protection and climate change in Africa? Your project may be eligible for a grant of the French Global Environment Facility (FGEF). |
This Small-Scale Initiatives Programme is designed to support civil society organisations in Africa which are actively working on biodiversity protection and climate change activities.
Read the Project Competition Rules to figure out if your project meets the criteria given!
IFOAM is keen to hear of any biodiversity, climate change and food security projects in Africa that you maybe involved in.
Please let us know if you are successful in obtaining a FGEF grant. Good Luck!
6. Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia (OPPAZ) Prepares for the Second African Organic Conference
| ||In 2012, Zambia will host the second African Organic Conference. The conference will be organized by OPPAZ in collaboration with local and international stakeholders. OPPAZ has appointed a committee to initiate the process. The first meeting of the committee to develop the roadmap for hosting the conference took place on Friday 16th July 2010 at the OPPAZ offices. |
Several organizations such as the African Union and the newly established Southern Africa Participatory Guarantee Network (SAPNet) have indicated willingness to be partners in this conference. OPPAZ extends its invitation to other interested entities to participate and support the process.
The conference is expected to assemble approximately 500 participants, including representatives from governments, inter-governmental institutions, UN agencies, national and international NGOs, private sector, universities, and research institutions.
The First African Organic Conference was successfully held in Kampala, Uganda, from May 17 to 22, 2009. The conference was an excellent platform for experience sharing and discussion on best practices, standards, certification, trade, policy formulation and other development initiatives.
For regular updates on the Second African Organic Conference, please visit www.oppaz.org.zm.
7. Upcoming Organic Agriculture related events
| ||2010 OPPAZ Annual General Meeting|
August 25, 2010
For more information, please contact Munshimbwe Chitalu.
International Summer School Program in Organic Agriculture
September 13-24, 2010
For more information, please contact Dr. O. Oni.
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