Promoting Organic Agriculture

by gathering & sharing knowledge

What We Do

KHSA aims to scale up the adoption of organic agriculture practices by finding, creating and sharing knowledge with multipliers. Multipliers are those who pass knowledge on in different networks, such as trainers, farmer organisations, research organisations, extension officers, media, and other stakeholders in the agri-food system. Our approach focuses on both sector-wide and targeted programmes with multipliers. These are our multiplier support programmes (MSPs).

SECTOR-WIDE APPROACH

This focuses on strengthening the relationships between a broad range of relevant stakeholders in and across project countries, as well as providing them with the opportunity to share and disseminate needs-based information on organic/agroecological agriculture. This approach has been designed on the basis of the Country Implementing Partners (CIP’s) networks and knowledge of stakeholders with the most influence and therefore the best multiplication effect. The selection of these stakeholders has also been informed by the regional baseline undertaken in the project countries.

THE MSP

This is a targeted intervention that aims to enhance the capacity of multipliers to more effectively convey information and build capacity of small-scale farmers. The design of each MSP is different and is premised on the findings of a baseline of the targeted multipliers and sample group of farmers they support rolled out at specific sites. The MSP provides opportunity for deep learning, and to assess the impact of KHSA on the multipliers. The MSP concept was developed based on the success of the Pollinator Programme in South Africa, a programme developed to support lead farmers in establishing and running PGS groups.

TO DATE WE HAVE (March 2020-June 2022):

  • Hosted 2 regional partner workshops
  • Hosted 5 stakeholder workshops
  • Facilitated 4 training sessions
  • Supported 170 multipliers
  • Established 19 PGS groups and supported 37 PGS groups in attaining certification
  • Produced 12 knowledge products 
  • Hosted 1 continent-wide webinar on PGS
  • Supported 1 seed and food festival
  • Published 3 ISAN magazines

We support organics because it's good for people and the planet.