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Numerous studies have shown the potential benefits of organic farming and agroecology. All participants and supporters of the Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in North Africa subscribe wholeheartedly to the view that organic agriculture has a positive impact on the environment and people. They seek to raise awareness of this fact and to invite as many stakeholders as possible to join them in their quest for more sustainability.

Organic farmers operate an entire ecosystem geared to producing food. Thus, their work influences not only the environment of today and tomorrow, but also the well-being and the food security of their present community and future generations. Organic agriculture protects the consumer and the environment while serving the high-potential organic market, which in turn leads to enhanced economic possibilities and an improved livelihood.

Numerous studies conclude that more knowledge would be key to any effort to boost sustainability in farming. Conventional farmers and even established companies or institutions often not only lack the knowledge but also the access to knowledge about the advantages of organic farming. In many cases, only a small impulse is needed to start something big. This is true for every part of the value chain, i.e. farmers, processors, traders, service providers, government and consumers.

Therefore, we are working hard to collect, verify and spread organic knowledge. The Hub is strictly impartial towards stakeholders and is solely directed to achieve the overall objective. Our knowledge management system relies on various interconnected elements. The most important elements rely on the participation of interested and like-minded individuals.

 

Rural Service Providers and multipliers

Rural Service Providers are individuals who are well rooted in agricultural communities in their everyday life, i.e. they are locals who enjoy the trust of their communities. They have the ambition and motivation to contribute to the sustainable development of their villages and play a key role as agents for the delivery of knowledge. They reach and interact closely with farmers in different settings and their services strongly influence farmers’ decision-making in different aspects. Thus, they are multipliers of organic knowledge. As multipliers, they organize face-to-face micro-interventions to spread knowledge to farmers, farmer associations and processors. Beyond disseminating pure agricultural knowledge, they also promote, for instance, information about business opportunities.

Rural Service Providers come from all walks of life – they may be, for example, farmers, traders, teachers, intellectuals and returning university graduates, government representatives (e.g. extension agents for agriculture or health), advisors or seekers of individual businesses.

Are you one of them? Join our network of Rural Service Providers

 

Digital Knowledge Platform

The digital knowledge platform unites like-minded people from different areas around the African continent. It provides knowledge products and information material on the production, processing and marketing of organic produce and enables lively interactive dialogues based on information and debates, no matter whether they are certified or not. Examples of such information and debates could be GMO legislation trends, latest research findings, seed access opportunities, organic events, donor project opportunities etc.

We share newsletters on a regular basis and give users the chance to comment on and discuss the shared content. The platform provides the opportunity for associates to share their knowledge and experiences by publishing posts and news as well as presenting and promoting themselves and their activities. Using and interacting on the platform is free of charge.

The digital knowledge platform contains a knowledge database including a wealth of leaflets, website links, videos, podcasts, e-books, photo series, social media posts, experience reports, conference papers, slide presentations, posters etc. The sources include traditional, practical and scientific knowledge, nationally, regionally, continentally and intercontinentally. We give free access to all this organic knowledge to all subscribers.

Sharing is caring! Subscribe to the Digital Knowledge Platform and contribute with your knowledge!

 

Demonstration Plots

The demonstration plots in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco offer public access to important basic information discussed in the national organic movements. Interested people can visit the plots and see first-hand how organic farming looks like. Visitors, for example, may experience and learn about soil fertilization strategies, cropping technologies, use of companion plants or livestock plant production interactions. In addition to the information on the display panels, there are also print materials to take along, plus a publicly accessible library.

We would be happy to see you come around! Visit our demonstration plot!

 

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