African continent has given high priority to organic farming through a number of strategies and decisions. Decision of AU Heads of State on Organic Agriculture – Doc.EX.CL/631(XVIII) is a perfect justification. Agriculture sector is the main contributor to the continental economy as well as the major employer to the majority of Africans. Thus, AfrONet takes up this recognition by uniting stakeholders for a vibrant African Organic Agriculture (OA) sector that transforms and empowers communities for sustainable livelihoods. In performing this role, AFrONet has clear purpose; functions key priority areas and strategic objectives for supporting organic initiatives in Africa.
The founding of African Organic Network (AfrONet) dates back to April 2008 in Dar es salaam, Tanzania at a meeting of three East African Organic Agriculture Movements (NOAMs) and reverberated in August same year at a meeting of four NOAMs including one from Southern Africa. In 2009, the African meeting of NOAMs reiterated the need for the formation of an umbrella body to steer organic agriculture network in African. On May 2012, 38 participants representing 16 African Countries had pre-conference meeting in Lusaka at the second African Organic Conference resolved to establish AfrONet as the umbrella organization uniting and representing African organic stakeholders. Later was approved by the 300 participants from over 40 countries as presented in the Lusaka Declaration on Mainstreaming Organic Agriculture into the African Development Agenda.