DEVELOPMENT THROUGH ORGANIC TRADE
Export Promotion of Organic Products from Africa (EPOPA) is a programme created by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency in 1997. The programme had projects in Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
EPOPA aimed to give African smallholder farmers a better livelihood through developing local and national business. The increase in agricultural production benefits rural communities, thus the farmers. Thousands of smallholder farmers got a premium price for their crop. They got a more transparent price setting from the exporter who buys more directly and they are paid cash in hand.
EPOPA was, without competition, the largest project Grolink ever had. EPOPA was phased out by December 31 2008.