Farmers may voluntarily be part of organised agricultural structures through local farmers’ associations and/or through commodity organisations.
At grassroots level, commercial farmers are members of their local farmers’ associations, through which they address local agricultural issues and liaise with officials and organisations on matters concerning their members. The farmers’ associations delegate members to represent them in their respective provincial agricultural unions. The provincial agricultural unions address matters affecting farmers in the province as a whole and liaise with higher organisations. The provincial agricultural unions in turn delegate members to represent them on national bodies.
Included in the category of Organised Agriculture are the commodity organisations which serve and represent farmers producing a specific commodity, e.g. maize, beef, cotton etc. Find contact details of these at www.agrisa.co.za (if you are a member) and in the relevant crop or livestock chapters.
Source: Agri SA (adapted)
2. International associations involved
- World Farmers’ Organisation – www.wfo-oma.com
- Cairns Group Farm Leaders – www.cairnsgroupfarmers.org
- La Via Campesina – http://viacampesina.org
- Find out about the most recent events in the region on the website of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) at www.sacau.org, as well as contact information for the organised agriculture bodies in the SADC region.
- Farmers are represented in the rest of Africa through Plateforme Régionale des Organisations Paysannes d’Afrique Centrale (PROPAC) from Central Africa, the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), the Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs Agricoles d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA) in Western Africa, and the Union Magrébine des Agriculteurs (UMAGRI) in northern Africa. Visit http://infopropac.org, http://eaffu.org, and www.roppa-afrique.org for more information.
- A continental organisation for Africa is called the Pan-African Farmers Forum (PAFFO). PAFFO is made up from representatives from SACAU, PROPAC, EAFF, ROPPA and UMAGRI. See http://pafo-africa.org/. Dr Theo De Jager from Agri SA was its president in 2015/16. In June 2017 he was elected president of the World Farmers' Organisation. Congratulations to you, sir!
3. National associations involved
AFRICAN Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA)
To have competent and successful commercial African farmers of South Africa
To facilitate the development of African farmers in order to increase their meaningful participation in the agricultural sector
To create a sustainable united body of African farmers with capacity to influence policies through lobbying and advocacy in favour of African farmers.
- To facilitate development of competencies of African farmers in order for them to participate meaningfully in formal and informal markets.
- To mobilise resources for the benefit of African farmers.
AFASA like any other organisation, is a collection of individuals who come together for a common purpose. It is therefore crucial that AFASA espouses what it stands for in order to attract those similar values.
AFASA commits itself to the following values.
- To be led by people of high integrity in order to create trust, loyalty and confidence amongst its members employees and the public.
- To be transparent and accountable at all times
- To maintain high levels of professionalism at all times
- To respect the rights, culture and dignity of its members, employees and the public regardless of gender, race, class, tribe, political and religious affiliation or belief.
- To be a farmer centred organisation.
- To ensure that the organisation remains true to its mission and objectives.
- To strive for excellence including efficient and effective service provision at all levels.
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