Source: AFC

From February to May 2022, AFC is offering 3-day trainings for agricultural advisors from 13 African countries. 

The project’s main objective thereby lays in raising awareness about the New Organic Regulation to inform about the specific changes that come along with the revision. This will help participants to identify the impacts the regulation will have on organic agricultural and processing activities. 

The project is a joint activity of the Alliance for Product Quality in Africa as part of the Special Initiative for Training and Job Creation and the global project ‘Supporting Sustainability Aspects in the Implementation of EU Economic Partnership Agreements (NEW)’, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

For the implementation of the trainings, AFC works together with Des Enjeux et des Hommes, a subsidiary of the ECOCERT Group as well as Starfish Organic. The trainings are composed of webinars and E-learning modules. 

Training objectives: 

  • Describe the practical changes of the new organic regulation. 
  • Identify the updated organic rules applying on agricultural production, processing, labelling and export. 
  • Interpret changes in the organisation of inspection and certification. 
  • Name the specific requirements for groups of operators (i.e. smallholder groups) and for the implementation of an internal control system. 

After the training, the agricultural advisors should be able to: 

  • Interpret the impacts of the new regulation on production, processing and labelling activities.
  •  Interpret the impacts of the new regulation on the organisation of the quality management system and on the certification system. 
  • Relay this information to the companies and producers concerned. 

The training is free for all to attend. 

Date: 10-12 February 

More information and registration: https://bit.ly/3HXQXJn