About the organization
Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers' Forum (ZIMSOFF)
Zimbabwe | Founded in 2003 | Thousand Currents Partner since 2016 | ZIMSOFF's Facebook page
Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers’ Forum (ZIMSOFF) envisions improved livelihoods of organized and empowered smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe, practicing sustainable and viable ecological agriculture.
ZIMSOFF’s mission is to influence policies and to raise public awareness with regards to agroecology and the rights of smallholder farmers in Zimbabawe. ZIMSOFF’s membership, now at 19,000, is made up of smallholder farmers from four clusters in Zimbabwe; the central cluster, Masvingo and Midlands province; the eastern cluster, Manicaland province; the northern cluster, Mashonaland province; and the western cluster, Matabeleland province.
ZIMSOFF is made up of smallholder farmers working with a variety of stakeholders to ensure that issues of food sovereignty, land justice, and environmental justice are represented in local, national, regional and international spaces. ZIMSOFF’s work focuses on agroecology, biodiversity, agrarian reform, seed sovereignty, and gender parity.
ZIMSOFF’s programmatic focus areas are:
- Organic agriculture
- Natural resources management
- Establishment of herbal gardens
- Advocacy in support of agroecology
- Seed bulking of open pollinated varieties
- Product value addition
Since 2014, the Chairperson of ZIMSOFF has been the Secretary General of the International Coordinating Committee of La Via Campesina (LVC), or the International Peasant Movement, which represents about 200 million farmers. ZIMSOFF has also been hosting the Harare International Operating Secretariat staff team of the LVC decentralized global structure.
Learn more about ZIMSOFF’s work on our blog.