After the official launch of the Rwanda Ecological Organic Agriculture National Platform on 9th August 2019, The Rwanda Organic Agriculture Movement (ROAM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) organized the first meeting of the EOA National Platform on 7th November 2019 at Grand Legacy Hotel attended stakeholders from various sectors in Rwanda .
Rwanda Organic Agriculture Movement (ROAM), in partnership with MINAGRI has gathered government representatives as well as various stakeholders from the agriculture sector in Rwanda for the the first meeting of the National Ecological Organic Agriculture Stakeholders Platform. This platform will be used as an open forum of multi stakeholders interested in supporting Ecological Organic Agriculture development in Rwanda as well as creating synergy among members of the platform.
During this event which took place at the Grand Legacy Hotel in Kigali,
As ROAM’s Chief Executive officer
mentioned: “in the past decade, there has been a growing interest in agro-ecology as an innovative and sustainable response to the challenges facing our food and agriculture systems. Simultaneously, the demand for organic products is increasing globally as well as in Africa”. In parallel with other Organic Agriculture Movements all over the world, ROAM is working to raise awareness amongst the population, share information, provide support to famers, and advocate for the adoption of organic policies.
The Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative (EOA-I) was born out of a resolution by African Union Heads of States and Governments in 2011, during the Eighteenth Ordinary Session, 24-28 January 2011, Ex.CL/Dec 621 (XVIII) to support Organic Agriculture on the African Continent. The EOA-I overall goal is to mainstream EOA into national agriculture systems, policies and programmes by 2025 in order to improve agricultural productivity, food security and food safety, access to markets and sustainable development in Africa.
The Rwanda Organic Agriculture Movement (ROAM) is a National Umbrella Organization established in 2007 as a result of responding to the need expressed by different stakeholders in the organic sector (producers, farmers, processors, exporters and importers) to have an organized and more focused movement to spearhead the stimulation, development and promotion of the organic sector toward finding solutions to different challenges faced by the sector in Rwanda.
ROAM started to operate as a legally registered non-governmental organization in 2014 with at least 1000 members who work in organic production, processing and marketing of organic products (coffee, tea, fruit and vegetables, potatoes, beans, cassava, essential oil, etc.) ROAM is working tirelessly to increase the number of stakeholders along the whole value chain with emphasis on women and youth.