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Towards Inclusive market development: Organic value chain discussion forum

October 2 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm UTC+2

Organic value chain discussion forum

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Challenges and Opportunities in the Organic Sector


  • Finance obstacles
    • Expensive facilities available, OA perceived as risky Bullet
  • Poor water availability
    • Declining sources and expensive irrigation, and lack of knowledge on water rights
  • Lack of extension support
    • Lack of OA education in curricula
  • Weak organic input markets
    • Lack of commercialization of OA compatible pesticides and in depth research on dosages
  • Market challenges
    • Lack of market information
    • Competition from imports and high product prices,
    • organic status not seen as a selling point nationally
    •  market information lacking, weak certification and traceability
    • Supply inconsistency causing lack of confidence
  • Transport issues
    • Poor infrastructure
    • Poor producer coordination
  • Certification Challenges
    • Lack of knowledge on certification standards
    • Lack of policy support for enforcement of standards
    • Inaccessibility of certification services
  • Challenges for export markets
    • High bureaucracy
    • High transport costs
    • Policy unpredictability
  • Limited information sharing
    • Absence of information sharing along the value chain
  • Weak online presence
    • Lack of updated sector information online
  • Domination by the older generation
    • Young generation not keen to engage in OA


  • Growing markets
    • locally and globally
  • Existence of small organized producer groups
    • Could be organized for improved production/economies of scale
  • Potential of growth for OA input sector
    • Soil fertility
    • Pest and disease management
    • Packaging
  • Zimbabwean policy stance on GMOs
    • Zimbabwean products attractive for export and locally
  • High presence of under-utilised species
    • Potential for value-addition to develop novel products
  • Potential linkage between OA and tourism market
    • Promotion of traditional organic zimbabwean foods
  • Positive workforce reputation

Vision By 2026

Increased capacity of 80% producers boosted to compete in 60% of local and international markets

Increasing the quality and quantity of production.

Improving support services (extension, finance, resource provision, information and communication, research and certification).

· Advocating for improving the enabling environment

Improved value-chain effectiveness and competitiveness

Identifying and addressing obstacles, facilitating communication between all value chain actors,

Empowering marginalised actors to participate to their fullest potential

Key Intervention Areas

Building producer capacity

  • Strengthening producer associations
  • Training
  • Market research
  • Information sharing
  • Raising awareness

Improving support  services

  • Extension
  • Research
  • Organic certification
  • Water development and access
  • Information and communication

Improving the enabling environment

  • Lobbying relevant stakeholders and ministries for policy change
  • Raising awareness and the profile of organics
  •  Producer association empowerment to influence sector changes

Addressing Market Obstacles

  • Product development
  • Market analysis and developing alliances

Intervention opportunities


Developing  future organic entrepreneurs along the value chain while simultaneously creating employment

Social Inclusion

Reaching the marginalised with low entry barriers into the agricultural sector

Human rights

Addressing people’s human rights throughrights to livelihood, right to  safe food, right to clean water

Climate change

Organic agriculture as a way to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts

Economic empowerment and livelihoods

By involving people across the organic value-chain


Improvement of health of the producer, consumer and environment


Improved livelihoods for womenas the custodians of family health and wealth


Support of agricultural education at all levels

Media, Arts and Culture Public outreach of organic initiatives and their impacts on lives, environment and culture

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