Challenge:

In 2011, the South African Government signed a Green Economy Accord which focuses primarily on new prospects for economic activity that arise from climate change. The UNEP Green Economy – Trade Opportunities Project identifies, assesses and informs sustainable opportunities arising from the transition to a Green Economy at global and country specific level. Project activities aim to enable stakeholders to harness identified trade opportunities, and thereby advance a shift of trade patterns towards sustainable products and practices.

Solution:

UNEP appointed the Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa (as national project partner for South Africa. Due to expertise in organic agriculture, Afri-Trade was contracted for the conceptualisation and development of the GE-TOP Study South Africa, including global organic market research and benefits for South Africa’s economy, environment and society. Afri-Trade further conducted an international stakeholder analysis, developed of a sector engagement strategy, and organised Multilevel Stakeholder workshops.

Result:

A country study about challenges and opportunities for organic agriculture in South Africa. Identified and engaged with over 300 Multilevel Stakeholders with an active interest in the organic agriculture and agro-processing sector. Organised stakeholder workshops in Pretoria and in Cape Town including key government and industry representatives. Executed a study release event in Pretoria where key results were published to Business, Government, Donor Organisations and Media.