IFOAM Southern Africa Network

For many years there has been a desire to improve coordination within the Southern African organic sector through a centralized platform focusing on growth and development.

In 2012, during the second African Organic Conference, ISAN held its first meeting. ISAN, the IFOAM Southern African Network, represents the SADC countries of Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho,Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Seychelles.

The network’s primary objectives are to raise consumer awareness, address policy issues, expand participatory approaches to agriculture, establish three evidence-based comparative system trials in Southern Africa, and improve information access and efficiency. Through these efforts, ISAN is working to develop the organic agroecological sector across Southern Africa.

The General Assembly of IFOAM Southern African Network is planned to be held in September 2021 in Rennes, depending on COVID-19 restrictions. 

ISAN Magazine

Our newsletter, released first time in 2021, has evolved to be a magazine. We hope that every issue is a step towards encouraging the cross-learning and collaboration necessary to support this transition in the southern African region. We produce these publications with support from the Knowledge Hub for Agriculture in Southern Africa (KHSA). We urge you All (farmers, manufacturers, distributors, researchers, organic organisations and consumers) to share your experiences with others by contributing to the next editions, no contribution is too small! It is through sharing and learning from these stories, innovations and research that together we can build a healthy, prosperous and fair food future in southern Africa.

Send your contributions for our next quarterly edition to:

chair@isan.ifoam.bio and volunteer@isan.ifoam.bio 

All current issues you may download below.


 Address: 194 Baines Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe

Founding Members

  • Madagascar: Rames Abhukara & Winifred Fitzgerald, Better U Foundation
  • Malawi:  Stanley Chidaya, Malawi Organic Growers Assn,
  • Namibia: Manjo Smith, NOA;  Judith Isele, Namibia Centre for Holistic Management;  Christiane Hilbert, NOA, Suzette Jansen van Vuuren, NOA; Wiebke Volkmann, NOA
  • South Africa: Kgomo Petje, DAFF; Herman Mootane, DAFF; Heinrich Schultz, SAOSO; Liesl Haasbroek, BDAASA; Raymond Auerbach, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Bheki Dlamni, Department of Trade and Industry, Liz Eglington, SAOSO
  • Zambia: Munshimbwe Chitalu, OPPAZ; Sebastian Scott, Old Orchard Organic Farm; Charles K Mubanga, OPPAZ; Lyson Mwanza, OPPAZ;  Patrick Chiwawa, OPPAZ; Munshimbwe Chitalu, OPPAZ; Hector Mpengula, OPPAZ, Daniel Kalala, Kasisi Agric Training Centre, Robson Nyirenda, Kasisi; Bridget O’Connor, Kasisi; Wilfred Miga, PELUM Regional Desk
  • Zimbabwe: Fortunate Nyakanda, ZOPPA

 Interim Board 

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