Either independently or through collaboration with different partners, EBDA works diligently on developing people’s capacities and knowledge in different aspects of organic and biodynamic agriculture. These programs cover a wide range of topics, including technical, marketing, and regulatory fields. EBDA also provides a series of field and technical visits to help bridge people’s theoretical knowledge with technical capabilities.
Capacity building and training programs
Consultancy in organic and biodynamic agriculture
Through its diverse staff, field engineers, Experts and consultants, EBDA provides consultancy services in every aspect of organic and biodynamic agriculture, whether it is related to technical aspects, or compliance support to national and international regulations. EBDA’s staff is available at any time to provide its support.
Administrative support for national and international certifications
Compliance with specific agricultural standards and certifications are crucial in organic and biodynamic agriculture, as these certifications represent the only mean of authenticating organic and biodynamic farms. Compliance with these standards can be a challenging task for farmers, hence EBDA provides the needed support for farmers and companies to follow the requirements of national and international certifications, such as EU organic, NOP, Bio Suiss, Demeter, in addition to other sustainability standards such as fair trade, PGS-Demeter and EOL.
Hosting awareness-raising events and campaigns
Awareness campaigns are a crucial component of promoting organic and biodynamic agriculture, they help spread the importance of these agricultural systems to people, and encourage societies to take the initiative. Through these events, EBDA draws attention to biodynamic and organic agriculture and highlights its long-term benefits to economy, society and environment.
Providing market access for organic/biodynamic raw materials
EBDA works to support its member farmers and producers by providing marketing opportunities and links with potential buyers and facilitating access to national and international markets of organic and biodynamic products. EBDA establishes these relationships in a way that guarantees the mutual benefit and respect of all parties, particularly farmers who are given the opportunity to sell their products at an optimum price, EBDA eliminates middlemen as much as possible and gives bargaining power to farmers which helps them maintain a satisfactory gain, thus improving their livelihood.
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Developing and distributing organic/biodynamic inputs.
Organic and biodynamic agriculture differ from the conventional counterpart in the elimination of chemical inputs and using natural alternatives, hence EBDA, with the help of its partners helps provide organic and biodynamic inputs necessary upon request, these inputs include biodynamic preparations, compost, bio-control products, organic seeds and materials, etc.
Developing and disseminating scientific knowledge products
EBDA develops regularly scientific products and pieces related to different aspects of organic and biodynamic agriculture, such as production processes of different crops, biodynamic preparations, compost making, organic agriculture regulations, etc. These knowledge products include reports, manuals, flyers, articles, news pieces, etc.
Economy of Love Carbon Credits
EBDA has developed a holisic certification scheme that covers all 4 dimensions of sustainable development: society, economy, culture, and environment. EoL aims to define a sustainable economy that serves the global community by taking into account the living conditions of future generations and the integrity of the environment, thus the standards aims to support biodynamic farmers to produce while reducing carbon emissions as well as promoting carbon sequestration. EoL Carbon Credits ensures that every production and activity are validated and verified by a set of requirements and carbon calculation tools, that they follow the true cost accounting approach, while covering living wages of the workers along the value chain.
Networking between stakeholders of the Organic/Demeter sector
EBDA believes in the importance of networking with different stakeholders and in establishing meaningful partnerships to develop a thriving biodynamic and organic sector in Egypt and catapult it to mainstream highlight. Hence, EBDA is open to partnering with any stakeholder that shares similar visions and goals, and is working regularly on networking with individuals as well as national and international institutions.