Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF), a member of the Eastern and Southern Small-Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) and La Via Campesina (LVC) and current host for the International Operative Secretariat (IOS) for LVC, is the voice of the peasants struggling for social justice in Zimbabwe. It envisions improved livelihoods of organized and empowered smallholder farmers practicing sustainable and viable ecological agriculture and its mission is to influence policies and public awareness towards agroecology and smallholder farmers’ rights on access to healthy soils, clean water and local seed.
Members are campaigning to defend peasant agroecology for food sovereignty, agrarian reform, gender equality, protection and care of the land, natural resources and local seeds. By feeding the soil and restoring its life, protecting and restoring the forests and grasslands, the smallholder farmers are cooling the planet and feeding the people. Infect ZIMSOFF membership is therefore fighting for climate justice; for system change instead of climate change.
To strengthen its campaign by evidence, members are producing healthy food for their families, communities and other consumers through peasant agroecology, taking advantage of both our traditional knowledge and modern science through collaboration with researchers and allies based on mutual respect. Thus ZIMSOFF is collaborating with the Zimbabwe Seed Sovereignty Programme (ZSSP) members, an alliance of seven Zimbabwean civil society organizations working towards greater seed sovereignty in Zimbabwe and the regional Seed and knowledge Initiative (SKI) with members in South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The ZSSP program places strong emphasis on being farmer-led and strengthening farmers’ voice, which means that ZIMSOFF is a pivotal partner in this long-term program. ZMSOFF is active in these broad alliances for it cannot fight alone in the campaign for food sovereignty as access to good health and nutritional diets has become a concern for everyone and only mass struggle can change the negative balance of forces that many of the African countries are facing.