Organic Markets for Development (OM4D) aims to create opportunities for smallholder farmers by inclusion into domestic and international organic markets. At the same time, it facilitates the adaptation to existing and new local and global challenges such as inequity, climate change, scarcity and depletion of natural resources. It uses the opportunity of increasing demand for organic products as an engine for development to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
IFOAM – Organics International, together with the support of its partner organization Agro Eco – Louis Bolk Institute and numerous local partners, will implement the project in four West African countries for four main poducts:Ghana (Cassava), Burkina Faso (Shea butter), Togo (Pineapple) and São Tomé and Principe ( cocoa and agroforestry products from the cocoa ecosystem like banana, plantain, cocoyam, pepper and breadfruit used for flour, which can be used to replace wheat as a gluten free alternative for making savories and pastries.
The goal is that organic farming and related market systems enable smallholder farmers to improve their living conditions.
The main objectives of the project are to:
- Establish and strengthen four organic national umbrella organisations to bring together a wide range of stakeholders for dialogue, coordination and sector support.
- Link producers directly to local customers by setting up and promoting Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS), an affordable alternative to third party certification for domestic markets.
- Develop high impact value chains for international markets by enhancing farmer knowledge and farming practices resulting in increased income for smallholder farmers.
- Promote policies fostering organic market development with inclusion of the poor at national and international levels.
It is estimated that about 300,000 people including members of farmer families will directly benefit from this project. the main