ISAN - IFOAM Southern African Network

For many years there has been a desire to improve coordination within the Southern African Organic Sector by establishing a specific platform for development and growth. During the 2nd African Organic Conference, in Zambia, the founding meeting of ISAN was held on 6 May 2012. A follow-up meeting was held on 8 March 2013, in Gauteng, South Africa.

Objective: To develop the Organic Agro-Ecological sector in Southern Africa.

ISAN represents the SADEC countries (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Seychelles).


ISAN Founding Meeting Zambia, 2012

Priorities for the Group:

  1. Raise consumer awareness
  2. Address policy issues
  3. Expand participatory approaches
  4. Set up three evidence-based comparative systems trials in Southern Africa
  5. Improve information access and efficiency

Who is Involved

Founding Members:

  • Madagascar: Rames Abhukara & Winifred Fitzgerald, Better U Foundation
  • Malawi:  Stanley Chidaya, Malawi Organic Growers Assn,
  • Namibia: Manjo Krige, 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

Steering Committee:

  • Manjo Krige, Namibian Organic Association (NOA)
  • Stanley Chidaya, Malawi Organic Association (MOGA)
  • Munshimbwe Chitalu, Organic Producers and Processors Association of Zambia   (OPPAZ)
  • Paul Whittaker, South African Organic Sector Association (SAOSO)
  • Fortunate Nyakanda, Zimbabwe Organic Producers and Promoters Association (ZOPPA)
  • Magadascar – representative to be confirmed by Better U Foundation


Manjo Kriege, IFOAM SAN Chair

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