What We Do
Organic Farming and Sustainable Wild Collection Training
Our organisation has trained over 10 000 small-holders farmers and wild-collection across the country’s 10 provinces for certification. It prides itself for having worked with reputable certification labels.
TRAINING TOWARDS organic CETIFICATION
Through the “Organics4Zim” project, OFA has developed organic training materials (manuals and crop guides) and set up two dedicated mobile training units which have enabled the academy to reach some inaccessible areas.
The training specifically targets contract farmers and cluster leaders (for smallholder farmers and wild plant collectors respectively) and focused on organic standards which lead to certification. Training uses a training of trainers approach (ToT) for the cluster group leaders with OFA trainers spearheading the core training activities.
Farmers receive intensive training on organic farming standards and techniques, integrated pest control and management whilst topics such as sustainable harvesting and food safety dominate wild plant collectors training.
carbon dioxide removal (CO2)
We have an innovative carbon credit initiative involving the production of biochar that was established in Rushinga, Zimbabwe, marking a strategic entry into the carbon trading markets.
This pioneering artisanal biochar project is a collaborative effort between us and CarbonConnect(formerly HempConnect), a local carbon removal company based in Hamburg,Germany. There are plans to roll-out more production plants across the country.
The biochar will be donated to small-scale farmers around the communities where production is happening so they can be to improve their soils.
There is a global call for all modern food supply chains to have effective practices in place that allow for rapid identification, location, and withdrawal of food lots when problems are suspected or confirmed. OFA is pioneering this ability to follow the movement of food through specified stages of production, processing and distribution – traceability.
Within the food control and safety system, traceability is applied as a tool to control food hazards, provide reliable product information and guarantee product authenticity. OFA together with SAP, a German multinational software company and the world’s leading enterprise resource planning software vendor has developed a traceability software that will assist smallholder farmers and wild plant collectors within the organic value chain including:
- Regulatory compliance;
- Food safety and quality assurance;
- Public health trace-backs and process and order management.
Through our experienced trainers we have managed to train over 10 000 smallholder farmers and wild-collectors from the country’s 10 provinces who got organically certified .Most of our trainees are females who are the most affected by climate change.