The Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture and Agroecology in Africa (KCOA) Project

KCOA is a collaborative country-led partnership that aims to scale up adoption of organic and agroecological farming practices through a network of five Knowledge Hubs in Africa.

Within KCOA, the implementing organisations have three main objectives: to improve access to knowledge on organic agriculture and agroecology; to strengthen the technical and professional capacity of multipliers; and to foster networking and strengthen relationships in the sector across the continent.

Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture and Agroecology in North Africa

KHNA enables leading organic institutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco to implement their mission focusing on knowledge management. KHNA runs under the motto: “Let the knowledge flow for the development of the organic sector and its stakeholders with a focus on smallholders, women and youth.”

Toggle ContentPartners collect traditional and scientific knowledge and support the verification, validation, and dissemination of knowledge products to practitioners and multipliers along the organic and agroecological value chains within KHNA and the whole KCOA network. KHNA also promotes connections with other actors, improving the sector’s coordination and collaboration.

Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture and Agroecology in Southern Africa

KHSA works with country partners in Zambia, Malawi, Namibia and South Africa who deploy sector-wide approaches (with nation-wide stakeholders) or longer-term multiplier support programmes (MSP) with lead farmers or training institutions. The South African-based Sustainability Institute supports project implementation in the region.

PELUM Zambia works with policymakers, lead farmer organisations and media to create awareness of the need for an agroecological farming systems approach. They created a series of knowledge products (KPs), including the multi-ministerial policy briefing pack. Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre in Zambia works with Farmer Training Centres, creating tailored training curricula and posters. 

Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture and Agroecology in West Africa

The KHWA is managed by Enda Pronat, FENAB and Agrecol Afrique, each of which coordinates one of the three KCOA fields of action in the region, under the overall supervision of Enda Pronat. The three organisations are also implementing the project in Senegal and Gambia, with the support of a national consultant. In the other countries of the cluster, the project is run by the CNOP in Mali, the Centre Songhaï in Benin, and NOAN in Nigeria. 

The KHWA also stands out for its capacity-building and dissemination of knowledge products to multipliers through a multitude of planned distribution channels.

Finally, innovative flagship activities, such as the organic weekends and awareness-raising for the PGS, are helping to create or strengthen networks between the various players in the value chains in the five countries, and to stimulate policy dialogue on scaling up agroecology and organic farming in West Africa.

Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture and Agroecology in Central Africa

Launched in November 2021 in Cameroon, the Knowledge Hub Central Africa (KHCA) is the last of the 5 hubs set up in the 5 regions of Africa as part of the Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa (KCOA) project. The KCOA project was launched in 2019 by the German Cooperation (GIZ) supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

Until now, five Cameroonian organisations are responsible for the implementation of the hub in Central Africa. The organisations are the Centre International pour la Promotion de la Création (CIPCRE), the Groupement d’Appui pour le Développement Durable (GADD), the Centre Polyvalent de Formation de Mbouo (CPF), the Service d’Appui aux Initiatives Locales de Développement (SAILD) and the Institut Africain de Développement Economique et Social – Formation (INADES Formation).