AFSA is governed by a National Committee made up of farmers and allies who are elected at our Annual General Meeting each year at the end of the Food Sovereignty Convergence, where we form our mandate by listening to the needs of members and collectively prioritise the work for the year ahead.
We are a not-for-profit incorporated association with ties to no political party.
Our constitution requires that:
- our president is a farmer who is actively farming,
- there are a minimum of four farmers on our National Committee,
- decisions that have a material impact on farmers are made by farmers, and
- our events are run democratically, with a preference for ‘unconference’ style gatherings that privilege all voices present rather than a select few.
The objects of AFSA are to:
- work towards global food sovereignty, asserting the right of peoples to nourishing and culturally-appropriate food produced and distributed in ecologically sound and ethical ways, and their right to collectively determine their own food and agriculture systems;
- research, publish, and disseminate information regarding food sovereignty, and campaign and lobby for food sovereignty;
- promote transparency in all aspects of the food system, including but not limited to production, processing, and distribution;
- support, enable, and promote the efforts of agroecological farmers by:
- connecting them for farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing;
- advocating for scale-appropriate regulations and standards as they relate to food and agriculture systems;
- supporting them in their work to control the means of production;
- connecting them with eaters;
- advocating for fair pricing for those selling domestically; and
- providing a voice for farmers globally who are especially vulnerable to the impacts of free trade;
- facilitate, promote, and enable the education and activities of members, affiliates, and allies;
- maintain membership with La Via Campesina and other farmer-led international food sovereignty organisations;
- build and maintain productive relationships with other local and international organisations working for food sovereignty; and
- operate as a not-for-profit entity.