Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) acting on behalf the African Union-led EOA Continental Steering Committee (CSC) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is pleased to release a Request for Applications (RFA) to recruit suitable consortia of partners to implement activities of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (EOA-I) Phase 2 in their countries based on the scope of work contained herein. The project grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with the EOA-I grants management policies and procedures.
The Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative is an African Union-led continental undertaking currently implemented in nine countries (Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda). It is implemented under the guidance and oversight of the AU chaired Continental Steering Committee (CSC) to establish an African organic farming platform based on available best practices; and to develop sustainable organic farming systems and improve seed quality.
The EOA Initiative envisions achieving resilient and vibrant ecological organic agricultural systems for enhanced food and nutrient security and sustainable development in Africa. Its mission is to promote ecologically sound strategies and practices among diverse stakeholders involved in production, processing, marketing and policy making to safeguard the environment, improve livelihoods, alleviate poverty and guarantee food security among farmers in Africa.
- The EOA-I aims to transform and create sustainable food systems through promoting ecologically sound strategies and practices among diverse stakeholders in production, processing, marketing and policy making, to safeguard the environment, improve livelihoods, alleviate poverty and guarantee food security.
- The overall goal of the initiative is to mainstream EOA into national agricultural production systems by 2025 in order to improve agricultural productivity, food security, access to markets and sustainable development in Africa.
Objectives of the EOA Initiative
- To increase documentation of information and knowledge on organic agricultural products along the complete value chain and support relevant actors to translate it into practices and wide application;
- To systematically inform producers about the EOA approaches and good practices and motivate their uptake through strengthening access to advisory and support services;
- To substantially increase the share of quality organic products at the local, national and regional markets; and
- Strengthen inclusive stakeholder engagement in organic commodities value chain development by developing national, regional and continental multi-stakeholder platforms to advocate for changes in public policy, plans and practices.
- Information and communication
- Value chain and market development
- Networking and partnership
- Policy and programme development
- Kenya; Ethiopia; Uganda; Tanzania; Mali; Senegal; Benin, Nigeria and Rwanda.
- Applicants in Selected Countries are eligible to apply.
For more information, visit https://gms.eoai-africa.org/