Cross section of participants at the 5th West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Accra, Ghana 2019
The 5th edition of the West African Organic Conference (WAOC) has officially been declared opened by honourable Owusu Afriyie Akoto (MP) Minister of Agriculture of Ghana, ably represented. In his opening remarks, he welcomed the participants to Ghana. Notable were participants from the global organic confraternity who gathered at the University of Ghana, Legon to discuss the state of ecological organic agriculture in the region and in the world at large. More than 350 participants converged to Accra. Key stakeholders in ecological organic agriculture such as; the African Union (AU) Commission on Agriculture, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission on Agriculture, African Organic Network (AfrONet), West African Organic Network (WAfrONet), Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organisations (INOFO), GIZ-Ghana under the auspices of EOAP-Ghana and a host of other organic stakeholders converged to the Ghana to discuss: Organic agriculture, life for all between November 12th and 16th 2019.
Representative of Honourable Owusu Afriyie Akoto (MP), Minister for Agriculture of Ghana during the official opening of the 5th edition of the West African Organic Conference (WAOC)
Also notable were welcome addresses from; the Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Dr Fenzy welcomed the participants to Ghana and wished them fruitful conference. The Chairman of the West African Organic Network, Prof Davo Simplice in his welcome remarks thanked both the local and regional organising committees for the efforts put in place for the realisation of the event. Furthermore, Mr Ernest Aubee, the Chairman of the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the Ecological and Organic Initiative (EOA-I) in West Africa in his opening speech on behalf of His Excellency Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, the President ECOWAS Commission and the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Sékou Sangaré, brought warm greetings and welcomed the gathering to West Africa and reiterates the commitment of the ECOWAS Commission to see a vibrant regional organic agriculture. In addition, in his opening speech on behalf of the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission (AUC), Her Excellency, Amb. Josefa Correia Sacko, Dr. Simplice Nouala congratulated the host country for putting together all it takes to organise a wonderful event.
During the Conference, key presentations and discussions centred on scientific research, policy and markets, farmers’ innovation information sharing were discussed. The last day witnessed series of meetings such as the West African Ecological Organic Agriculture stakeholders’, the Regional Steering Committee and the West African Organic Network General Assembly meetings where crucial issues were ironed out. At the end of the programme, the participants at the 5th West African Organic Conference (WAOC) in Accra, Ghana agree to meet in Burkina Faso in 2021 for the 6th West African Organic Conference.