is OUR national strategic resource


”*Organic Agriculture is a LIVING production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people, whilst reversing the adverse effects of climate change. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of synthetic inputs and pesticides with adverse health, environmental and social effects. Organic forms of Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and a life science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved."

SAOSO definition (2014 influenced by IFOAM)


our mission

Advocate and deliver appropriate organic

agriculture solutions that establish and sustain

 food sovereignty

whilst reversing the adverse effects of climate change


SAOSO 2014

who are we

 SAOSO (South African Organic Sector Organization)

  •  is a public, non-profit organization
  • was established to represent the Organic Sector as an intermediary between government  and the Sector,  which is  represented by OSSIC (Organic Sector Strategy Implementation Committee) on behalf of the DTI (Department of Trade and Industry)
  • through its delivery model are committed to delivering its strategy by taking  responsibility for  food sovereignty through *organic agriculture which will also  reverse the adverse effects of climate change through this practise
  • Is committed to the consciousness of the strategy, which will be enabled and delivered through the existing formal and informal organic community by engaging and collaborating with and being of service, to this  vibrant , professional, cooperative network
  • will additionally partner with all levels of government,agriculture and society to contribute ethically and professionally towards improving the sustainable health and wellness our societies






Organic production supporting the achievement of national social objectives FRIDGE STUDY 2011 by the Department of Natural Resources

“Apart from economic opportunities, a range of social and environmental benefits can also be realised through the wider application of organic production in South Africa. Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment as well as farmer and farm worker development objectives can be achieved using organic production as a platform for development.

In the context of rising fuel costs and input prices and the rising cost of purchasing food, locally relevant organic production methodologies are necessary to enhance food security at all levels. This should be supported at a policy level by national government and implemented by the relevant provincial departments.

Organic production methods can assist in achieving South Africa’s poverty reduction targets and enhance productivity on land reform farms, given the necessary support from extension services and managers within the National and Provincial Departments of Agriculture and organic stakeholders.”