CAOF ATTENDS THE 5TH WEST AFRICAN ORGANIC CONFERENCE IN GHANA

CAOF as an executive member of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Platform of Ghana (EOAP-G) took part in organizing and participating at the Congress. The congress which was of the theme “Organic Agriculture: Life for All” was held at the Economics Department Conference Hall of the University of Ghana, Legon.

In attendance was over three hundred delegates from various West African Countries and institutions around the world. Notable among the delegations included a delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), A representative from the African Union, A delegation from the African Organic Network (AfroNet), the West African Organic Network (WafroNet), the International federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM ), the German Technical Cooperation, the Intercontinental Network of Organic Farmers Organization (INOFO) and a host of others.

Local Ghanaian businesses and institutions also attended the conference and exhibited their products and services. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture was also present and have been supportive of organic agricultural activities in the country.

CAOF was represented throughout the process by its Publicity Officer who served on the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). At the conference, the coalition also had the opportunity to present two papers. The first paper was presented by the coordinator of the coalition entitled “Assessing the Potential of Organic Agriculture in Northern Ghana”. This paper looked at the factors in Northern Ghana that favour or hinders organic agriculture. Honourable John Akugre a cereal and Livestock farmer presented his innovations on the use of the “Barakuk Plant” (Chamaecrista Nicitans) to store grains, cereals, Onion seeds and to treat animal wounds.

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