AFD keeps on supporting organic agriculture in Africa [fr]
Despite the current COVID-19 crisis, the French Development Agency (AFD) signed, last week, a grant financing agreement with the African Organic Network (AfrONet), dedicated to the Institutional Innovations for Organic Agriculture in Africa (IIABA) project, to the tune of 1.5 MEUR (3.75 Bn TZS).
The IIABA project, coordinated by Tanzania-based non-profit organization AfrONet, aims to catalyse a scaling up and out of organic agriculture in Tanzania, Uganda, and Morocco and thereby facilitate its development more broadly in Africa.
It will support institutional innovations in organic agriculture, focusing on (i) the development of fair and inclusive markets, (ii) the strengthening of systems to guarantee the quality and traceability of organic products, and (iii) support for the definition and implementation of public policies facilitating the development of organic agriculture. In Tanzania in particular, the project will be implemented in Dodoma, Ruvuma, Zanzibar, and Mafia.
AfrONet is the beneficiary and coordinator of the project. The national member associations of its network: Tanzania Organic Agriculture Movement (TOAM), National Organic Agricultural Movement of Uganda (NOGAMU), Moroccan interprofessional federation of the organic sector (Fimabio) and the Agro-ecological initiatives network in Morocco (Riam) are responsible for the national management of the innovations in each country. They will be supported by two French research institutes, the International Cooperation Centre for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) and the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE), which will provide technical assistance, conduct studies and underpin all the partners’ activities through action research.
The financing was made through AFD’s Sectoral innovation facility for NGOs (FISONG), dedicated in 2019 to organic agriculture. FISONG is a “thematic call for proposals” promoting the emergence of innovative practices led by French and non-French civil society organizations.
AfrONet, the African Network of Organic Agriculture Movements, is a Tanzania-based non-for-profit international non-governmental organization. As an umbrella organization it aims at uniting and representing African organic stakeholders throughout the African continent. Their mission: to scale up ecologically and organically sound strategies and practices through institutional capacity development, scientific innovations, market participation, public policies and programs, outreach and communication, efficient coordination, networking and partnerships in Africa.
About Agence Française de Développement
The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) funds, supports and accelerates the transitions to a fairer and more sustainable world. Focusing on climate, biodiversity, agriculture, education, urban development, health and governance, our teams carry out more than 4,000 projects in 115 countries contributing to the commitment of France to support the sustainable development goals.
Present in Tanzania since 2008, AFD group is providing financing solutions and technical assistance (more than 760 MEUR (1,900 Bn TZS) over the last 10 years) to support the Tanzanian government, local authorities, private sector and NGOs to reduce economic, social and territorial inequalities through the promotion of sustainable and inclusive development.