AFRICA’S AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY
‘Boosting Africa’s agricultural productivity is the “combined responsibility” of both Africans and their development partner, Living Water Is Corporation.
Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers and farmers.
Requirements vary from country to country, and generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping that include:
- No human sewage sludge fertilizer used in cultivation of plants or feed of animals
- Avoidance of synthetic chemical inputs not on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc.), genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge;
- Use of farmland that has been free from prohibited synthetic chemicals for a number of years (often, three or more); In Europe, the total available land is only 4%.
- Keeping detailed written production & sales records (audit trail);
- Maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products;
- Undergoing periodic on-site inspections.
Regulatory Certification is a potential barrier to entry for small African producers, by burdening them with increased costs, paperwork, and bureaucracy. The private farmer-to-farmer association, Certified Naturally Grown, offers a “non-profit alternative eco-labeling program for small farms that grow using USDA (Department of Agriculture) Organic methods but are not a part of the USDA Certified Organic program.”
The program is operated in the United States by a non-profit corporation, Certified Naturally Grown Ltd. Certified Naturally Grown standards are based on the USDA National Organic Program standards. Farmers are not normally permitted to use the word “organic” to describe their products.
We will provide the quality control necessary to assure our produce meets with “organic” regulations.
We will manage 21 heavy duty cargo tricycles. These cargo tricycles will be used to move heat sensitive cash crops including fish all along the 120 km distance to a major city center within several hours. Our waiting refrigerated container truck will travel to a major port city. Alternatively this produce will be held in our cold storage facility.