MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS OF ZIMSOFF
ZIMSOFF established a substantive staff team in January 2013 and this team has continued to support the farmer leaders to advocate for the smallholder farmers seed rights and the practice of agroecology. Through its Shashe agro-ecology school a number of farmer to farmer training workshops on agroecology have been successfully conducted. The national leaders have organized workshops at national and regional level to discuss the implications of the seed laws and protocols and have continued to demand for the smallholder farmers’ seed rights.
In 2010, ZIMSOFF made links with links with La Via Campesina (LVC) through the Southern and Eastern African (SEAF) region for LVC.
In 2012, its membership became active in the LVC
struggles to defend family agriculture, care of the land, agroecology,
biodiversity, agrarian reform, seed and food sovereignty and gender
parity. In 2013, ZIMSOFF was mandated to host the LVC’s
rotating International Operative Secretariat (IOS) for the period
2013-2021. The current ZIMSOFF chairperson, Mrs Elizabeth Mpofu is the General Coordinator of LVC. Mrs Elizabeth Mpofu was also nominated by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) as the Special Ambassador for the 2016 year of Pulses in African region. In 2017, ZIMSOFF won the US Food Sovereignty award for its role in empowering rural farmers in sustainable agricultural practices. As a member of the LVC SEAf, ZIMSOFF is participating in the regional collectives
ZIMSOFF is a founding partner of the Zimbabwe Seed Sovereignty Programme (ZSSP), an alliance of seven Zimbabwean civil society organisations working towards greater seed sovereignty in Zimbabwe. This ZSSP programme places strong emphasis on being farmer-led and strengthening farmers’ voice, which means that ZIMSOFF is a pivotal partner in this long-term programme.
At regional level through collaboration with Biowatch, University of Cape Town and Earthlore (formerly Mupo Foundation), ZIMSOFF has become an active participant in the regional Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI). ZIMSOFF is also an active member in the Alliance of Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) and the Zimbabwe Land Network (ZLAN)
Issues of gender equality, women economic empowerment, land rights and sustainable agriculture, agroecology, food sovereignty, indigenous seed rights and climate change are at the core of ZIMSOFF’s work. ZIMSOFF innovated the Shashe Agroecology School for farmer to farmer training and exchanges to train other women farmers about agroecology and food sovereignty and seed systems as well as empowering women