2 – 4 April 2019. Cairo, Egypt “Boosting the Role and Potential of Organic Farming in Africa“.
In April 2019, 39 participants from Africa and Europe met in Sekem, Egypt with the purpose to exchange and strategize organic development and spreading knowledge about organic farming in Africa.
- The first networking workshop aimed to bring together the different institutions working on Organic agriculture in Africa and discuss their characteristics, visions and strategies as well as the different challenges they face.
- This process is based on a Sekem-BMZ Memorandum of Understanding published in November 2017 and on a call for proposals in May 2018.
- In January 2019, BMZ mandated GIZ to implement organic knowledge hubs in Eastern, Western and Southern Africa with the intention that the northern region would follow in a similar way through other channels.
Issues such as finding the most efficient tools to communicate with farmers, the limitations of platforms, language barriers or the market development were some of the challenges discussed.