Zimbabwe Organic Producers and Promoters Association is a national movement that brings together organic producers, promoters and processors for the development of organic Agriculture sector in Zimbabwe. Registered as a trust in 2008, the organisation is membership driven and it relies on participation of its members in its activities.
An association that contributes to a nation committed to using natural means of agriculture to ensure healthy future for the land and its people.
To work as a national movement that lobbies and advocates for the growth of organic agriculture in Zimbabwe by coordinating activities of members, sourcing and providing information on markets and certification.
i. To promote production, harvesting and marketing of organically produced food according to set standards.
ii. To lobby and advocate for a policy that supports organic agriculture production in Zimbabwe.
iii. To establish and monitor an agreed set of standards.
iv. To offer use of label to those who comply with set standards as required by the local or international market.
-Enjoy local, regional and international market linkages
-Have access to information pertaining to organic agriculture
-To have access to forum where members can exchange experiences and best practice
-Involvement in ZOPPA programmes
-being involved in the development of a national organic agriculture movement
-Getting exposed and linked to regional and global organic agriculture movements
-Benefit from group marketing
-Attending and voting at ZOPPA AGM
-Receiving ZOPPA publication and contributing to it.
Zimbabwe Organic Producers and Promoters Association (ZOPPA) is a national movement that brings together organic producers, promoters and processors for the development of organic agriculture in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s agriculture has been highly industrialised and is characterised by heavy use of chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides and herbicides as well as monocropping. This has had negative impacts on people’s health (both consumers and producers), ecosystem stability and contributed immensely to climate change. The dependency on multinationals for seed, fertilizers and chemicals which has been caused by this type of agriculture has costed the country food security and led to loss of livelihoods. ZOPPA is promoting Organic agriculture as an alternative farming system that removes dependency on chemical and seed companies, improves on people’s health, balances the ecosystem while giving a livelihood even to the poor who cannot afford the chemicals. In an endeavour to promote organic agriculture ZOPPA will do the following;
i. Lobby and advocate for a policy that supports organic agriculture in Zimbabwe
ii. Establish and monitor an agreed set of organic standards
iii. Facilitate market linkage for organic produce
iv. Provide relevant information on organic agriculture
v. Coordinate organic agriculture activities for growth of the industry
vi. Facilitate support structure involvement for the growth of the organic sector(research, bio-inputs etc
By this ZOPPA hopes to make a contribution towards a nation that is committed to using natural means of agriculture to ensure a healthy future for the land and its people.