Building Multiplier Networks for Organic Agriculture

Organic agriculture helps to increase food security and living conditions while taking the ecological limits of our planet into account. The Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture (KCOA) helps African farmers to improve their knowledge on the production, processing, and marketing of organic products. This work is paramount as farmers make up more than half of the African population. With only 0.2 percent of African agricultural land being farmed with organic methods, its practice is everything but widespread. The KCOA aims to change this by establishing five knowledge hubs in five different regions, including Senegal, Egypt, Uganda, Zambia, Cameroon, and other countries throughout the whole of Africa.

The ‘Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa’ is comissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​ and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with 30 African partner organisations.

One essential field of action is to increase the technical and professional skills of multipliers within the farming community, who spread the knowledge and application of organic farming. AKRYL is responsible for implementing the digital solution for this multiplier network with an event calendar, blog section, multiplier community member pages, social media registry, and a comprehensive, searchable database containing knowledge products.