ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Zimbabwe Small Holder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF) was founded in 2002 after the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in South Africa, as a country chapter for the Eastern and Southern Africa Small-Scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF). The organization “envisions improved livelihoods of organized and empowered smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe practicing sustainable and viable ecological agriculture.
ZIMSOFF thus set itself as the voice of the smallholder farmer, particularly those practicing agro-ecological farming methods. It lobbies and advocates for policies at national, regional and international level that support the interests (food and seed sovereignty, sustainable farming methods) of the members who work with a variety of stakeholders at different levels from efforts. Its focus is on issues affecting farmer relate to family agriculture, care of the land, agro-ecology, biodiversity, agrarian reform, seed and food sovereignty.
ZIMSOFF was formed by the marginalized smallholder farmers’ especially rural women in order for their voice to be heard and enhance their meaningful participation in ecological and sustainable agricultural policy making processes and practices in view to uplift livelihoods. Recognizing the role being played by the rural women in agricultural activities to feed their families and the nation and also to fill the gap by building capacities of the marginalized so that they are able to engage policymakers and decision making processes on issues affecting their livelihoods.
ZIMSOFF seeks to improve livelihoods of organized and empowered smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe practicing sustainable and viable ecological agriculture. It also seeks to strengthen and expand a dynamic alliance of Smallholder Farmer Organizations (SFOs) promoting a movement towards ecological and organic farming, processing and marketing that improves the lives of smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe.