The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) has three membership categories.

1. Core Members 2. Associate Members 3. Friends of AFSA

The Core Members of the Alliance are regional farmers’ organizations, regional indigenous peoples organizations, and regional NGO networks.

The Associate Members include specialist NGOs and national networks that are not able to be core members of AFSA through a regional network.

The Friends of AFSA category includes organizations based outside Africa who support what AFSA stands for and are keen to work with AFSA.

Membership criteria

Members must be existing, viable, active organizations believing in what AFSA stands for and subscribing to the principles of AFSA. A member must be working in the area of food sovereignty in Africa and must have a good track record.

Roles and obligations of members

Members contribute to the operations and activities of AFSA. This includes support in deliberations, planning, advice, financial issues and providing expertise. Members are willing to share information at all levels and participate actively in annual meetings.

Benefits

By belonging to AFSA, members will have a continental voice to advocate for food sovereignty. They will benefit from learning exchange both within regions and between regions. Members will have access to data and information from AFSA and will receive publications, fliers and other materials.

Termination of membership

Members will cease to be members of AFSA if they:

  • Violate any of the binding principles of AFSA,
  • Voluntarily terminate their own membership,
  • Wind up as a network or organization,
  • Fail to pay the annual subscription three consecutive times.

How to become a member

All prospective members will apply for membership and be considered on a case-by-case basis, with endorsement taking place at the General Assembly or any mechanism that members agree to.

Prospective members should write an application requesting for membership. This application should present a detailed network or organizational profile: what they do, what they stand for (their mandate), membership representation and achievements.

Core and associate members will need to pay an annual subscription fee as determined by the General Assembly from time to time. Friends of AFSA may contribute in cash or in kind.

Membership procedure

Organizations that would like to become members will write a letter of intent which includes:

  1. the name of the organization,
  2. its registration number (if registered),
  3. the number and kind of its members,
  4. the countries that it operates in,
  5. what the network does,
  6. why it is interested to be a member,
  7. what it can offer to AFSA by becoming a member.

The letters of intent will be circulated to AFSA members for their reflection and comment. The Board of Directors (BoD) may then decide on membership or alternatively wait for the General Assembly to approve.

Rules and regulations will define, among others, how members are accepted, and the amount of annual subscription fees.