OSEA II Project: Regional cooperation for organic standards and certification capacity in East Africa
11.03.2013 - Save the date!
July 1 to 5 2013, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The East African Organic Conference
”Sharing achievements made and lessons learned”
Click here to download the conference flyer!
More information: www.ifoam.org/partners/project/osea/The_East_African_Organic_Conference.html
4.03.2013 - The OSEA II Project Releases a Series of Articles Titled "Impacts Associated with the Uptake of Organic Agriculture in East Africa"
Drawing on over 150 in-depth qualitative interviews with selected organic farmers in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, this series of articles presents highly convincing examples of the enormous development and progress Organic Agriculture can bring - especially to resource poor farmers and their families. The articles are published with the involvement of local journalists and showcase the lived experiences and impacts associated with the conversion to Organic Agriculture.
Click here to read the articles!
17.01.2013 - The OSEA project is seeking 2 consultants via a tendering process:
- To produce a series of videos that underpins the benefits of organic agriculture in East Africa1. Click here to learn more and download the call! Deadline for submission of offers: January 20, 2013.
- To deliver the analysis of the extent and potential for organic aquaculture (in sweet or salt water) in East Africa. Click here to learn more and download the call! Deadline for submission of offers: February 1, 2013.
The OSEA II Project (Regional cooperation for Organic Standards and certification capacity in East Africa) is funded by Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and is a follow up to the OSEA 1 Project.
The OSEA II Project is running from November 2010 to December 2013 and aims at improving income and livelihood of rural communities in East Africa through facilitation of trade in organic products by means of a regional standard, development of the conformity assessment system, promotion of a regional mark and raising consumer awareness. Read the full OSEA II Project Summary here!
The specific components of the project are the following:
The project is implemented by IFOAM, in close cooperation with the National Organic Agriculture Movements in Burundi (BOAM), Kenya (KOAN), Rwanda (ROAM), Tanzania (TOAM) and Uganda (NOGAMU). IFOAM is the leading agency, ensures local project
coordination, provides technical and political input to the project, and is responsible for part of its implementation. IFOAM contracted Grolink AB for the overall project management.
- Building certification capacity in the region
- Making conformity assessment accessible for small producers
- Working with market access to the EU
- Including new areas in the standards and review of the standards after their initial use
- Assisting in the implementation and practical use of the standards
- Information and awareness raising activities linked to the standards, the conformity assessment systems and the mark, and their promotion for consumers; producers groups; the tourism sector; traders; processors; retailers and government bodies.
- Maintenance and development of the mark
- Regional trade development
- Advice and support governments on relevant policy issues for development of the sector
- Support the development of the organic sector in Rwanda and Burundi
- Monitoring and documenting the development of the sector in East Africa
The newsletter is published quarterly and gives updates about developments of the project.
OSEA Newsletter 5
OSEA Newsletter 4
OSEA Newsletter 3
OSEA Newsletter 2
OSEA Newsletter 1
Download the media briefs!
What is Organic Agriculture?
The role of Organic Agriculture in Food Security and Poverty Reduction
The Role of Organic Agriculture in Human Health
Organic Agriculture and Climate change
The contribution of Organic Agriculture for the Environment
Download the Song on Organic Agriculture in Kiswahili, "Kilimohai", here.
Contact of the Group:
Mionzi Dance Theatre
PO Box 90186, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Telephone + 255 713445832 or +255 754 376367
Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The song was composed as a collaborative effort.
The producer was Athanas Lukindo and the co- producer Bernie Hewett.
The song was recorded at the Zamunda Studios, PO Box 21147 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania