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IFOAM continues to work with the African Union, the African organic sector and other partners to create a united front to push for the recognition of the potential of organic agriculture for Africa and to accelerate the uptake of organic agricultural practices on the continent.
The Second African Organic Conference Conference 'Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture in the African Development Agenda' will take place in Lusaka, Zambia, from 2 – 4 May, 2012.
The conference is organized by the Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia (OPPAZ) in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Zambia, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Grow Organic Africa under the auspices of IFOAM and the African Union.
IFOAM will be represented at the conference by a high-level delegation, including IFOAM President Andre Leu, African World Board Members Manjo Smith and James Cole, IFOAM Academy Manager Konrad Hauptfleisch and IFOAM Organic for Africa! coordinator Hervé Bouagnimbeck. A number of IFOAM affiliates will also attend the event.
Issues such as mainstreaming organic agriculture into CAADP - Africa's Comprehensive Agriculture Development Program – and developing organic climate-smart agriculture will be strategic priorities that IFOAM will bring to the conference.
by Kai Kreuzer