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African Union adopts decision on organic farming

The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), at its Eighteenth Ordinary Session in January 2011, adopted a decision on organic farming.

In particular, the decision requests the AU Commission and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) to initiate and provide guidance for an AU-led coalition of international partners on the establishment of an African organic farming platform based on available best practices; and to provide guidance in support of the development of sustainable organic farming systems and improve seed quality.

Her Excellency Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, in her speech to the Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture (CAMA) held in October 2010, to which the decision refers to, highlighted the potentials of ecological agriculture. She stressed that ecological agriculture generates both economic value and sustainable development. She said, “We believe that promoting it in all of our countries would enable Africa to exploit this niche.”

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DECISION ON ORGANIC FARMING
Doc. EX.CL/631 (XVIII)

The Executive Council,

1.         TAKES NOTE of the Report of the Conference of Ministers of Agriculture held in Lilongwe, Malawi on 28 and 29 October 2010 on Organic Farming, and ENDORSES the Resolution contained therein;

2.         EXPRESSES concern over the current practice of exploitation of the organic farmers in Africa;

3.         REQUESTS the Commission and its New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) to:

i)          initiate and provide guidance for an African Union (AU)-led coalition of international partners on the establishment of an African organic farming platform based on available best practices; and

ii)         provide guidance in support of the development of sustainable organic farming systems and improve seed quality;

4.         CALLS UPON development partners to provide the necessary technical and financial support for the implementation of this Decision;

5.         REQUESTS the Commission to report regularly on the implementation of this Decision.

 


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