The projects in brief

1. ProEcoAfrica: Productivity and Profitability of Organic and Conventional Farming Systems (ProEcoAfrica): A Comparative Analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa
Project site:
Ghana and Kenya

2. OFSA: Organic Food Systems Africa
Project site:
Ghana, Kenya and Uganda


Implemented by: Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland

Main Implementing Partners:

  • Ghana
    • Agro Eco - Louis Bolk Institute (LBI)
    • Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Directorate of Crops Services
    • University of Ghana (UoG)
  • Kenya
    • International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
    • Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO)
  • International Federation of the Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM - Organics International)

Supported financially by:

  • Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation (Hivos),
  • Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)
  • Mercator Foundation Switzerland

ProEcoAfrica and OFSA are implemented in close consultation with:

  • National Advisory Committee (NAC) Members, Ghana
    • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
    • Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)
    • Ghana Ecological Organic Agriculture Platform (GEOAP)
    • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
  • National Advisory Committee (NAC) Members, Kenya
    • Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF)
    • Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN)
    • Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries (MALF)
    • Organic Agriculture Centre for Kenya (OACK)
    • Participatory Ecological Land Use Management Association (PELUM)
  • Regional and International Project Steering Committee Members (PSC)
    • The African Organic Network (AfrONet)
    • Biovision Africa Trust
    • Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA)
    • GLS Zukunftsstiftung Entwicklung
    • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
    • Makerere University, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, School of Agricultural sciences
    • Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung / Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, Germany

Productivity, Profitability and Sustainability of Organic and Conventional Faming Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: Comparative analyses (2013 – 2019)


The project "ProEcoAfrica" (2013 – 2017) will generate comparative scientific evidence on the productivity and profitability of conventional and organic production systems in Ghana and Kenya with an emphasis on the gender dimension to farming. Since March 2016, the project "Organic Food Systems Africa (OFSA) (2016 – 2019)" which complements and builds onto ProEcoAfrica is being implemented to generate comparative scientific evidence on the sustainability of these production systems in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. The two projects will contribute towards addressing the gaps in availability of solid data and scientific evidence on the benefits and drawbacks of certified and non-certified organic production systems in Africa in comparison with conventional low- and high- input production systems. Such solid data and evidence are key to informing and influencing decision taking and practice by farmers, extension agents and managers from public and private institutions including investors while also being fundamental to policy making in the agriculture, food and nutrition security and related sectors.

ProEcoAfrica and OFSA will contribute to the goal of improved rural livelihoods, including food, nutrition and income security in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) through climate-smart intensification of agricultural systems. They are implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) together with partners from Ghana, Kenya, regional and continental Africa, as well as Europe. OFSA is also being implemented in Uganda. ProEcoAfrica is financially supported by the Dutch Humanist Institute for Cooperation (Hivos), and the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), while OFSA is supported financially by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland.