Press Conference: Unlocking the Potential of Organic Farming in Africa Thu, Nov 10, 2011

At the International Conference on 'Ecological Organic Agriculture: The Alternative for Africa'

WHAT: Press conference & Opening of International Conference

WHEN: 15 November 2011, 12:00 pm

WHERE: UN Press Centre, Lower Library, UN Complex, Gigiri, Nairobi

According to recent studies, organic agriculture may have the potential to deliver sharp increases in yields, boost the income of small farmers and support climate change adaptation in Africa.

Research conducted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2008 suggests that organic farming can outperform traditional and chemical-intensive methods, without the environmental and social damage. An analysis of 114 projects across 24 African countries found that yields had more than doubled where organic practices were used, with yields jumping to 128 per cent in East Africa.

An international conference on organic agriculture is set to take place in Nairobi from 15 to 16 November 2011, under the title: 'Ecological Organic Agriculture: The Alternative for Africa',

The conference, organized by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), the African Union, and the Kenyan Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN), aims to:

- Provide a platform for the review of new developments in organic agriculture in Africa.

- Discuss organic agriculture in the context of poverty alleviation and trade.

- Review the climate change adaptation potential of organic agriculture ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 17).

- Explore partnerships and cooperation opportunities for the implementation of the African Ecological Organic Agriculture Action Plan, which aims to mainstream "Ecological Organic Agriculture" into national agricultural production systems in Kenya by 2020.

Speakers include:

Dr. Hans Herren, World Food Prize Laureate and former ICIPE Director

Hervé Bouagnimbeck , Head, IFOAM - Africa

Eustace Kiarii, CEO, KOAN

Bernward Geier, Chair, One World Award (OWA)

David Osborn, Ecosystem Management Coordinator, UNEP

Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, Head of Agriculture and Food Security Division, AU

A bus will be available to transport journalists from Chester House to UN Gigiri at 10:30 am.

For more information, please contact:
Shereen Zorba, UNEP News Desk, Email:, Cel:+254 788 526000

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