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OVERALL DEVELOPMENT GOAL

The core goal of AfrONet is to develop a unique organic agriculture sector based on the principles of ecology, health, fairness and care to guarantee food security, food sovereignty and sustainable development.

Founding

Historical background

The founding of African Organic Network (AfrONet) dates back to April 2008 in Dar es salaam, Tanzania at a meeting of three East African Organic Agriculture Movements (NOAMs) and reverberated in August same year at a meeting of four NOAMs including one from Southern Africa. In 2009, the African meeting of NOAMs reiterated the need for the formation of an umbrella body to steer organic agriculture network in African. On May 2012, 38 participants representing 16 African Countries had a pre-conference meeting in Lusaka at the second African Organic Conference resolved to establish AfrONet as the umbrella organization uniting and representing African organic stakeholders. Later, it was approved by the 300 participants from over 40 countries as presented in the Lusaka Declaration on Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture into the African Development Agenda.

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Vision

A united and vibrant African Organic Agriculture (OA) that transforms and empowers communities for sustainable livelihoods.

Mission

To spur a uniquely sector that transforms smallholder agriculture into social cultural, affordable, productive, efficient and competitive favoring system that guarantee food security and sovereignty, income growth and equity.

Purpose

To develop a unique ecological organic agriculture sector based on the principles of health, ecology, fairness, and care to guarantee food security, food sovereignty, employment and incomes.

Goals 

  • To have 40% of African governments investing in research and capacity in promoting EOA

  • Adoption of EOA technologies and practices increased by 70% and contributes to improved health, climate change mitigation, and environmental conservation.

  • Increase food security and sovereignty of African smallholder farmer's by a 50% increase in the share of trade in organic produce and products by 70%.

Key Functions

  • Unite and network EOA actors and stakeholders across the continent, regions, and countries.

  • Engage and undertake advocacy at high levels with members and partners at- AUC, RECs, National and Development partners.

  • Capacity building in EOA across the continent.

  • Programming and resources mobilization for its endeavors in promoting EOA on the continent.

  • Spearhead EOA Research, extension, training and value chains and market development

  • Provide management and administrative consultancy to likeminded programmers and partners.