Food security: AU Commission trains 90 organic farmers

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The African Union Commission (AUC), said on

Tuesday that it had trained 90 organic farmers,

practitioners and exporters from East and West

Africa, in order to enhance food security in the


Mr Jonathan Ocran, the Policy Officer, Livestock,

Rural Economy and Agriculture of the Commission,

disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency

of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

“To date, 90 organic farmers, practitioners and

exporters from the East African community and

ECOWAS, have been trained.

“By this undertaking, organic agriculture platforms

in these regions have also been strengthened.

“The African Union (AU) has been supporting

organic agriculture and in 2011, a decision was

passed by the Heads of States and Governments of

African Union to promote organic agriculture on

the African continent.

“The AU is also supporting and playing pivotal role

in the formation and functioning of the continental

ecological organic agriculture steering committee.”

Ocran recalled that a recent study by researchers

at the New Castle University had revealed that

organically grown produce and cereals have 90 per

cent and 69 per cent more anti-oxidants than

pesticide residual and conventional grown ones.

“A 30 year side-by-side comparison of organic and

conventional agricultural systems has revealed that

organic system match or even out-performed

conventional system in terms of yield, profitability

and energy efficiency.

“The research equally showed that organic

agriculture also have positive effect on soil water,

water quality and also rural communities,’’ he


Ocran also said that the AUC committee on organic

agriculture has developed an action plan to for the

development and promotion of organic agriculture

in the continent.

“This committee has met thrice since its

inauguration in October 2013 and it has revised the

action plan and also developed strategic plans for

the year 2015 to 2025.

“This plan has provided guidelines for the

promotion and development of organic agriculture

in Africa.

“The African Union has also been organising

training workshops for participants for member


“The training workshops are in two parts: one is on

organic standard and certification system and the

other one is on modern organic production and

marketing,’’ he said.



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