Register: The 3rd West African Conference on Organic Agriculture
Description: Benin’s Organic Agriculture Network (BOAN) organizes The third West African Organic Conference taking place in Cotonou, Benin. The conference theme is “Institutionalizing Ecological and Organic Agriculture in West Africa”.
Agriculture is still remaining the backbone of the economy of many African countries. It is practiced as permanent occupation by a very large number of small scale farmers. The increasing use of agrochemicals threatens the ecological support of agriculture.
From the necessity of preserving the environment and human health, initiatives and movements have emerged, promoting ecological responsible agriculture under various names: organic farming, sustainable farming, fair trade agriculture etc. Whatever their names, ecological and organic farming initiatives have been marginally considered, without any real coordination or synergy between the actors, as regards to public policies that focused mainly on conventional agricultural systems.
The main objective of the Third West African Organic Conference is to contribute to defining mechanisms to integrate the principles of organic and ecological agriculture in agricultural development policies and strategies of West African countries.
The Conference aims to raise public awareness and engage with stakeholders (researchers, academics, public sector, private sector, civil society, development partners) and to reflect on best strategies for the implementation of the resolution [Doc. EX.CL/631 (XVIII)] in West Africa.
Activities and events that will be carried out during the Conference are:
- Thematic presentations in plenary sessions;
- Workshops discussions;
- Poster presentations;
- Visiting practical initiatives in the field (Organic vegetable farms, organic products processing units, Songhai project).