The project ‘Productivity and Growth in Organic Value Chains (ProGrOV) was launched in January 2011.
ProGrOV focuses on improving productivity and growth in existing organic value chains in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania through research addressing development of agro-ecological methods, governance and management of organic value-chains, and capacity development in participatory and interdisciplinary approaches.
The project is a collaboration between Makere University (Uganda), University of Nairobi (Kenya), Sokoine University (Tanzania), and Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen (Denmark). The national organic organizations from the three countries NOGAMU, KOAN and TOAM are also project participants. The project is coordinated by ICROFS.
ProGrOV represented at the 2nd African Organic Conference, 2-4 May 2012, Lusaka, Zambia
ProGrOV is funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The project will address research and development issues through nine PhD and six MSc studies at the African Universities and supported by Danish researchers from Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen.
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7-9 February 2011, an Inception Workshop was held in Denmark. The supervisors from the five collaborating universities, the three representatives from the organic organizations and the coordinators met for the first time to plan the project implementation in detail.
The workshop was held partly at the University of Copenhagen and partly at Research Centre Foulum where the Faculty of Agriculture of Aarhus University and ICROFS are located.
Second project training workshop
19-23 September, 2012, the project met in Arusha in Tanzania for the 2nd Project Training Workshop.
The theme for the training at the workshop was this time: Research Methodologies in Organic Food and Farming Research with emphasis on the analytical aspects of a scientific process. Discipline oriented research methodologies and interdisciplinary research was discussed.
Students presented their work in posters that was put on display during all 5 days.
Organic Value Chain Stakeholder Workshop
22 September, 2012, the project held a Stakeholder Workshop to consult stakeholders from the organic value chain on the potential of the organic production in general and specifically with regard to the tourism sector as well as to share the experience from the project. See the report from the workshop here.