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Title Organic Food Systems Africa
Title Original Organic Food Systems Africa
Official Acronym OFSA
FiBL project number 35126

The main aim of the project is to undertake a comprehensive com-parative analysis of sustainability of organic and conventional smallholder farms (about 2,000 farms) in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, identify specific sustainability improvement measures and develop recommendations among the participating farms.

In the second phase, the results of the sustainability assessment will be the basis for targeted capacity building among farmers, advisors and researchers. The findings about the sustainability performance of organic and conventional farming systems will be disseminated to decisionmakers in policy and business as well as other stakeholders in the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) community and beyond.

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Detailed Description

OFSA builds onto the ProEcoAfrica productivity and profitability assessments among organic and conventional farming systems in Ghana and Kenya and will provide science-based results on the impacts of the farming practices among these organic and conventional farmers in as far as sustainability categories of social, economic, environmental and governance contexts are concerned.

Specific Objectives:

  1. Generate comparative sound data and contextual evidence on sustainability of organic and conventional farming systems in GH, KE, and UG.
  2. Strengthen knowledge and capacity of EOA researchers and practitioners (including Students).
  3. To support and inform policies on Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) and related.

Expected Outcomes:

  • A more holistic scientific assessment of smallholder organic agriculture sustainability and performance in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda developed and available for application and/or adaptation to other developing countries.
  • Sound comparative data and evidence on sustainability of organic and conventional farming systems in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda generated.
  • Participating farmers have better understanding of the impacts of their farming practices and have more knowledge on how to improve the sustainability of their farming system.
  • Project results contribute to the evidence-based formation of decisions in business and politicies in agricultural and related sectors.
  • Improved transparency in the decisions on purchase of raw material in the food sector and to a higher demand of sus-tainable raw products.
Start of project 01.03.2016
End of project 28.02.2019
Financing/ Donor

OFSA is supported financially by:

  • Mercator Foundation Switzerland

OFSA complements the ProEcoAfrica Project which is supported financially by:

  • Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation (Hivos)
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
(Research) Programme
  • Foundation Mercator Switzerland – Organic agriculture
Project partners

The implementing partners are:


  • Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute
  • University of Ghana, College of Basic and Applied Sciences
  • Directorate of Crop Services, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA)


  • Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)
  • International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)


  • International Federation of the Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
Project Advisory Board

National advisory committees in the project countries, and the project steering committee:


FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL


Further Information

Further information on the SMART Farm Tool for sustainability assessment can be found at:




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Date modified 29.05.2019
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