(Business in Cameroon) – From September 9 to 10, 2021, in Yaoundé, a workshop was organized to pre-validate the bill governing organic farming in Cameroon. Chaired by the Minister of Agriculture Clémentine Ananga Messina, this workshop aimed to collect the proposals of certain actors to advance the preliminary project.
Once finalized, the project led by the Cameroonian government, in collaboration with the German cooperation agency GIZ, will formalize organic farming in Cameroon but it will also open up new avenues given the growing demand for this type of product in Africa. .
“In Africa, a small amount of data on organic agriculture is recorded in official statistics. However, it is increasingly present on local and export markets. The demand of African consumers for these types of products is increasing, providing a dynamic economic opportunity,“CIRAD is explained in an article entitled”organic farming in Africa: a lever of innovation for agricultural development “ (Organic Agriculture in Africa: A Source of Innovation for Agricultural Development).
According to CIRAD, organic farming reduces the negative impacts of agriculture on the environment and health since there is no chemical input in the production process. Biological agriculture “improves the sustainability of the agricultural system. Under certain circumstances, its specific techniques can improve agricultural productivity even if the yields are lower than the average recorded for traditional agriculture. “
Despite its strengths and growing demand, organic farming is still not promoted in Africa. According to the International Federation of Organic Agriculture IFOAM and the FIBL Research Institute, organic farms cover only 1.2 million hectares on the continent, which represents barely 0.2% of its cultivated areas.