The effects of climate change, unsustainable soil cultivation, disease and pest infestation as well as hindered access to credit are major reasons for low productivity and food supply shortages in traditional East African agriculture. Organic farming methods offer the possibility to produce enough healthy food in a way that conserves resources without requiring expensive synthetic pesticides and fertilisers. But such a transition to organic farming can only succeed if supported by well-trained local experts.
In this project, fifty students from East African universities receive in-depth insight into the diverse potential of smallholder organic farming each year through a transnational, two-month intensive course. After getting started with theoretical seminaries on ecological approaches, the students put their knowledge into practice through participatory studies and field training.
Public events and exchange meetings further promote discourse on organic farming within university and alumni networks and with civil society, the private sector and policy makers. The course contributes to building a strong network of sustainable agriculture experts in East Africa.