A Practical Guide to Organic Certification for Smallholder Groups in Namibia

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This practical guide is intended for NGOs and trainers assisting groups of smallholder producers that are interested in obtaining organic certification for their natural products. The manual draws from the experiences of a pilot project for organic certification in the Uukolonkadhi Conservancy, where an existing producer group traded marula kernels and Kalahari melon seeds to the Eudafano Women Cooperative, and baobab pulp and seed for processing trials at the Katutura Artisans' Project. There are different requirements and costs involved for the organic certification of different groups with different products in different areas. However, the manual intends to be as general as possible with regard to organic certification for smallholder groups in Namibia that trade natural products collected and processed at peoples farms. Organic Certification of wild harvested (off-farm) products such as Devil's Claw or Ximenia will be relatively easier, and a manual for organic certification of wild harvesting will be developed at a later stage.

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