Expert Makes Case for Organic Agricultural Systems

Resilient and vibrant Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative system will enhance food and nutritional security in the country.

Dr Olugbenga Adeoluwa, the Country Director of the initiative said this at the on-going three-day Organic Agriculture Business Summit on Thursday in Awka.

The summit was organised by the Initiative in support of the Association of Organic Agriculture Practitioners in Nigeria to maintain and sustain organic agriculture farming and development in Nigeria and Africa in general.

“EOA through institutional capacity development, scientific innovations is scaling up ecologically and organically sound strategies and practices among diversified stakeholders.

“This is to provide market participation, public policies and programmes, outreach and communication, efficient coordination, networking and partnerships in Africa.’’

According to Adeoluwa, EOA is working in partnership with communities in Africa, respecting their wisdom and knowledge in ecological organic agriculture.

“We assert the transforming power of inclusiveness, especially in engaging women and youths as key actors in taking the EOA agenda to the family unit and moving forward in future.

“We believe in the right of all African households to nutritious and healthy foods and reclaiming the lost environmental integrity through promoting ecological organic agriculture practices.

“We also embrace biodiversity and respect for nature as ways through which Africa will feed itself in many generations to come.’’

According to him, the goal is to mainstream Ecological Organic Agriculture into national agricultural production systems by 2025, in order to improve quality of life for African citizens.

“We operate a holistic system that sustains the health of ecosystems as well as rely on functional cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of synthetic inputs.

“These inputs have adverse effects on total health in humans, animals, plants and the environment.”