Background to formation of AfrONet
On 1st May 2012, a pre-conference meeting of 38 participants representing 16 African Countries at the second African Organic Conference (AOC) in Lusaka, Zambia, resolved to establish AfrONet as the umbrella organization for uniting and representing African organic stakeholders. This was endorsed by 300 participants from over 40 countries and presented as part of the Lusaka Declaration on Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture into the African Development Agenda.
On 28th July 2014, AfrONet as officially registered in Tanzania as an International Non-Governmental Organization (I-NGO). It is operated as a charitable not-for-profit organization with a mandate limited to the objectives set in its constitution as follows:
To develop a unique organic agriculture sector based on the principles of ecology, health, fairness and care to guarantee food security, food sovereignty and sustainable development.
A united and vibrant African Organic Agriculture (OA) that transforms and empowers communities for sustainable livelihoods.
To spur a uniquely OA sector that transforms smallholder agriculture, into socio-cultural, affordable, productive, efficient and competitive farming systems that guarantee, food security and sovereignty, income growth and equity.
- To steer and develop programmes and networks of common interest at continental, regional and national levels.
- To build strategic partnerships with relevant and critical international, continental, regional and national levels, to support development of Organic Agriculture in Africa.
- To lobby and advocate AUC, RECs and African Governments, to include.
- To develop and promote organic agriculture research, extension and training in Africa.
- To organise African Organic Conferences, fairs, and participate in international, continental and regional organic events.