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Herewith a list of places where you can get organic products in Namibia:
Order online for your weekly selection of organic and natural products
Deliveries in Windhoek and Okahandja
"The Health Nut' Section in Maerua Superspar stock a large variety of local and imported organic products, as well as special dietary needs products.
Tel: (+264) 61 383 000
Maerua Lifestyle Centre, Centaurus Road, Windhoek
Saturday Green Market / Bio-Markt
Selected stalls at the Green Market offer NOA Organically Assessed products, and a wide range of other products directly from farmers and crafters. The market cafe serves home baked cakes and fresh bread rolls with hearty toppings.
Every Saturday 8:00 - 12:00 - except Easter Saturday and between Christmas and the first two weeks of the New Year.
Klein Windhoek, 3 Kenneth Kaunda St (former Uhland Street)
Inge Glaue 061 239 555
Heidi Herber 061 22 39 59
Fruit & Veg City - Food Lovers Market
Selected local and imported organic products
The only way to be sure that a product is truly organic, is to look for the Organic Certification or Organic Assessment Mark. Organic certification is the process whereby a farmer or processor applies for verification that their production is in compliance with a given set of organic standards and provides the end consumer with the guarantee that production has been in
compliance with those standards.
Third party, ISO accredited certification, is a method of organic assurance for export markets. Typical third party certification marks include the Afrisco, EU, Soil Association, Demeter, Naturland and the USDA Organic marks.
For local markets, alternative systems such as the IFOAM Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) can be used, which is currently used by thousands of farmers and consumers around the world as an authoritative mark for organic assessments. In Namibia, there is no cost involved for the farmer, so this is an ideal tool for Namibian Organic Farmers to indicate the organic integrity of their products.
NOA received official IFOAM PGS recognition in March 2013, meaning that this PGS is endorsed by IFOAM because it operates in accordance with the Key PGS Elements and Features and that the integrity vis-à-vis the Principles of Organic Agriculture is verified.
In Namibia, look out for the “Namibian Organic” or “Namibian Organic in Conversion” mark. “Namibian Organic” means that the farm is fully compliant with the NOA Standards, and “Namibian Organic in Conversion” means that the farm is managed according to the standards, but is still in the 2-3 year conversion phase.
Each Organically Assessed Farm receives a certificate indicating all products which are assessed according to the NOA Standards. If you are in doubt, ask the farmer to present his/her NOA Organic Certificate to you.
How do you know it is organic?
Watch out for these Namibian Organic marks for food that you can trust.
|After 2 – 3 years of organic farming and assessments according to the NOA standards, approved farmers can use the "Namibian Organic" mark.|
|After 1 year of organic farming and an assessment according to the NOA standards, approved farmers can use the Namibian Organic in Conversion" mark.|
NOA has launched a new mark to recognise Namibia’s organic farmers who are producing food according the organic production standards, but are not yet compliant with the processing standards. This means that the actual ingredients are organically certified, but the processing procedures and facilities are not yet compliant. Producers are encouraged to upgrade their facilities accordingly by 2016. The mark shows which ingredients are produced organically in Namibia by marking them with an asterisk (*).
The following marks are used on imported products:
The following map shows organic farmers and farmers in the process of converting to organic farming techniques. Download the full map here...