6th Regional Steering Committee (RSC) Virtual Meeting

6th Regional Steering Committee (RSC) Virtual Meeting

The Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative’ (EOA-I) Regional Secretariat of West Africa under the able leadership of Mr Ernest Aubee of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission organised the 6th Regional Steering Committee (RSC) virtual meeting to review the activities of the Ecological Organic Agriculture in West Africa on Thursday 25th March, 2021.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee of the Ecological Organic Agriculture in West Africa, Mr Ernest Aubee welcomed the participants at the meeting. He expressed warm greetings from the ECOWAS’ Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Mr Sékou Sangaré. He congratulated the RSC members, the CLOs and the Regional Secretariat for the strong work being carried out in Ecological Organic Agriculture sector of which he believes will enable the region to overcome the current food insecurity, environmental challenges and provide reliable alternatives to the current situation.

The virtual meeting held on Thursday 25 March, 2021 ended with the words of appreciation from the Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) in West Africa, Mr Ernest Aubee of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission, who thanked all the participants at the 5th RSC meeting of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative for their time and invaluable inputs to the growth of the Initiative in the region. He equally thanked the Regional Secretariat and charged them to do better. He thanked everyone for their insightful contributions towards the growth of the initiative.

 

TOWARDS A SUCCESSFUL ORGANISATION OF THE 6TH WEST AFRICAN ORGANIC CONFERENCE IN BURKINA FASO

In preparation for the upcoming 2021 West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Burkina Faso, top management of the ECOWAS-led Regional Planning Committee (RPC) and the Burkina Faso Local Organising Committee (LOC) met virtually with Mr Alain SY TRAORE, Director, Agriculture and Rural Development of the ECOWAS Commission on Thursday May 20, 2021.

It was an opportunity for the Director to have a first-hand interaction with the combined team of the representatives of the RPC and LOC of the 6th West African Organic Conference.

The virtual meeting was chaired by Mr Alain SY TRAORE. Professor Davo Vodouhe Simplice, ably stood in for Mr Ernest Aubee who was unavoidably absent due to official assignment. The meeting had in attendance nine (9) strategic members. The participants discussed among other issues; historical perspective of the West African Organic Conference (WAOC), feedback from the Burkina Faso LOC, funding alternatives and way-forward in respect to the Burkina Faso 6th WAOC.

In his welcome address, Mr Alain SY TRAORE welcomed everyone to the virtual meeting. He thanked and congratulated everyone whom through their various organizations are working for the success of the Conference and prayed for a healthier and stronger ecological and organic agriculture activities in the region. He laid emphasis on the keen interest of the ECOWAS Commission in the success of the 6th WAOC because of the importance of the event in the development of agriculture and improvement of livelihoods in West Africa. Mr. Traoré on behalf of the ECOWAS Commission promised the support of the Commission towards the conference and encouraged organizers to put in their best for a fruitful event.

At the end of the virtual meeting, Mr Alain SY TRAORE appreciated the participants at the meeting for attending the event, despite the short notice. The Vice-Chair of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative in West Africa, Professor Davo Vodouhe Simplice also appreciated Mr Traoré and the ECOWAS Commission for the quality leadership and support for the development of organic and ecological agriculture in West Africa.

REPORT of the EOA Initiative West Africa & The FAO Regional Office for Africa (FAO-RAF) MEETING

Screenshot of the EOA-I RSC & FAO Africa virtual meeting

Screenshot of the EOA-I RSC & FAO Africa virtual meeting

The Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative’ (EOA-I) Regional Secretariat of West Africa under the able leadership of Mr Ernest Aubee of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission as a follow-up to the Thursday September 24, 2020 virtual meeting had a collaborative and interactive virtual meeting via Zoom with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Africa and West African sub-region team. The meeting was aimed at reviewing the earlier meeting’ discussions between the FAO and the ECOWAS-led ecological agriculture projects, with a view of finding strong way forward to improving collaboration between the two teams on Friday, 7th May, 2021.

The Chairman, Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in West African, Mr Ernest Aubee thanked the participants for gracing the occasion. He believes the two parties are doing well in the domain of agriculture especially in agroecology sector and urged the participants at the virtual meeting to work closely for better collaboration in the West African region.

While welcoming the participants at the meeting, Dr Eugene Rurangwa on behalf of Robert Grey commended the efforts of all the participants. The Team appreciates the leadership of the ECOWAS Commission. He assured the FAO West African collaboration is keen to work with the EOA-I team. He introduced Mr Rene Sébastien who now replaces Dr Benoit Gnonlonfon. Mr Sebastien Regnaut thanked everyone and believes that the EOA Team can count on his collaborative efforts.

 

The Chairman of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative’ (EOA-I), Mr Ernest Aubee of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission thanks the participants for attending the meeting. Activities common to both parties were highlighted and possible areas of collaboration were also addressed. Seven participants took part in the virtual meeting. The meeting ended at 12:40 GMT.

4-Day Virtual Workshop on Harmonisation of Organic PGS Standards across West Africa and Regional Organic Trade Fair in West Africa (BioWest Fair)

The Regional Secretariat of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative in the region organised a 4-day virtual workshop on Harmonisation of Organic PGS Standards across West Africa and Regional Organic Trade Fair in West Africa (BioWest Fair) between 15 and 18 March 2021. About 60 participants from different countries of the ECOWAS-region and other parts of the world participated at the workshop listened and participated at general discussions related to the decisions taken at the General Assembly of the West African Organic Network that took place at the 5th West African Organic Conference hosted by Ghana in 2019 where stakeholders resolved that:

  1. There is the need for harmonization of organic agriculture standard (Participatory Guarantee System – PGS) in the region to facilitate regional trade of certified organic produce/products within the regions.
  2. The need for an annual regional trade fair in the region to improve marketing of organic produce and products in the region.

In addressing the above decisions, the West African Cluster of Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) is supporting the process by putting together a workshop to address both decisions. Although EOA is currently being implemented in four out of 15 countries in West Africa, the workshop has been opened to other stakeholders from all ECOWAS member states in the region.

At the end of the 4-day virtual workshop event, the outcomes greatly contributed to putting a draft copy of the Harmonised Organic Participatory Guaranty System Standards across West Africa and setting up a road map to the Regional Organic Trade Fair in West Africa (BioWest Fair). This greatly contributes to the development of Organic Agriculture in West Africa and the realization of the decision of the African Heads of States and Government on organic farming.

THE WEST AFRICAN EOA RSC INAUGURATES THE 6th WAOC REGIONAL PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

In preparation for the 6th West African Organic Agriculture Conference (WAOC) to be hosted by Burkina Faso, the ECOWAS Commission-led Regional Steering Committee of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative in West Africa under the chairmanship of Mr Ernest Aubee, of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission at its stakeholders’ virtual zoom meeting held on December, 1st 2020 set up the Regional Planning Committee (RPC) for the conference. The Committee is made up of fifteen (15) strategic regionally based stakeholder organizations in West Africa. This Committee shall accompany and serve as an advisory body to the Burkina Faso Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 6th WAOC.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee of EOA in West Africa, Mr Ernest Aubee of the ECOWAS Commission brought the Goodwill message of the Commissioner of Agriculture Mr Sékou Sangaré of the ECOWAS Commission. He welcomed everyone to the virtual meeting. He reiterated the Commission’s firm support to the efforts of the Ecological Organic Agriculture in West Africa. To the host country of the 6th West African Organic Conference, the ECOWAS will not spare any assistance in making the event a memorable one. He also thanked the key stakeholders which through their various organisations are working towards a healthier and stronger ecological and organic agriculture systems in the region. He wishes the participants fruitful discussions and constructive deliberations.

The meeting was moderated by the Vice Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee, Prof Davo Vodouhe Simplice. The Secretary to the RSC, Dr AdeOluwa O. Olugbenga gave an historical perspective to the conference, while the Local Organising Committee chairman, Mr Sylvester Tiomtoré gave an update on the state of the organisation of the 6th conference. According to the update, the conference will take place between October 13th-16th, 2021 at Ouaga 2000’ International Conference Centre. At the end of the virtual meeting which aimed at inaugurating a Regional Planning Committee which will interface with the Local Organising Committee of the 6th Burkina Faso West African Organic Agriculture Conference (WAOC) in Burkina Faso, participants arrived at strong recommendations in order to have an efficient planning for the 2021 Burkina Faso Conference.

In preparation for the 2021 Burkina Faso 6th West African Organic Conference (WAOC), the Regional Steering Committee management team of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative’ (EOA-I) in West Africa under the able leadership of Mr Ernest Aubee of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission had a virtual  Zoom meeting on Friday 11th of July, 2020 with major stakeholders in Burkina Faso organic and ecological agriculture sectors to discuss the proposed West African Organic Conference regional event which is slated to hold in Burkina Faso.

The Regional Steering Committee Chairman, Mr Ernest Aubee welcomed the Burkina Faso stakeholders at the virtual meeting. In his welcome address, he brought warm greetings from the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission’ Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Mr Sékou Sangaré. He strongly louds the efforts put together by the country stakeholders and especially the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Housing, Mr Salifou Ouédrago for providing the region with an enabling environment for another ground-breaking event in Burkina Faso in 2021 after the 2019, 5th West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Accra Ghana.

Prominent members of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative’ Regional Steering Committee (RSC) in West Africa under the chairmanship of Mr Ernest Aubee of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission and other organic and ecological agriculture major stakeholders from the West African Organic Network (WAfrONet) and Burkina Faso were equally in attendance.

The virtual meeting discussed among other critical issues; the lessons from of the 5th West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Accra, Ghana, the Burkina Faso 2021 Local Organising Committee (LOC), the Terms of References (ToRs), updates on 2021 Burkina Faso, etc.

At the end of the meeting, the participants resolved that despite challenges here and there, the Burkina Faso organic and ecological agriculture stakeholders are making tremendous progress towards the planning of the 6th West African Organic Conference in Burkina Faso. The meeting had fruitful discussions and came up with constructive resolutions and recommendations for a successful 6th WAOC to be hosted by Burkina Faso in 2021.

 

 

 

The Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative’ (EOA-I) Regional Secretariat of West Africa under the able leadership of Mr Ernest Aubee of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Commission organised the 4th Regional Steering Committee (RSC) virtual meeting to review the activities of EOA in West Africa on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 April, 2020. The online meeting took place despite the Covid-19 pandemic causing lockdown of activities in many countries.

In attendance at the meeting were the Regional Steering Committee members of Ecological Organic Agriculture in West Africa, joined some strategic stakeholders of Organic Agriculture from Burkina Faso, Senegal and Ghana.

The virtual meeting was an opportunity to discuss critical issues in the region related to organic and ecological agriculture, such as; update on the West Africa EOA Regional Secretariat’ activities, update on EOA project implementation in Benin, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal, opportunities for extending EOA to other countries of West Africa, update on Organic Agriculture Knowledge Hub in West Africa, review of the 5th West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Accra, Ghana, and update on 2021 Burkina Faso 6th West African Organic Conference (WAOC), etc.

In his welcome address, the EOA West Africa Regional Steering Committee Chairman, Mr Ernest Aubee welcomed the participants at the meeting. He expressed warm greetings from the ECOWAS’ Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources, Mr Sékou Sangaré. He laid emphasis on the need for a strong Ecological Organic Agriculture sector which he believes will enable the region to overcome the issue of food insecurity, environmental challenges and provide reliable alternatives to the current situation. He also addressed the Covid-19 pandemic issue which is seriously affecting the world in general and Africa in particular. He prayed that COVID 19 will soon be contained and brought under control. The Chairman of the occasion appreciated the Regional Secretariat for the efforts put in place and encouraged the implementing countries for their resilience in upholding organic agriculture in the region. He also thanked the participants of the virtual meeting and wished the Regional Steering Committee fruitful deliberations.

At the end of the two-day meeting, the participants at the 4th Regional Steering Committee meeting of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative had fruitful discussions which led to strong resolutions and recommendations.

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