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Afrisco organic certification

The Afrisco certification scheme was launched in 2001 in South Africa. It provides an ethical and well-regulated basis for ensuring the integrity of organic production systems and food products in South Africa and neighbouring countries.

Pretoria, Gauteng


Website www.afrisco.net/    Phone +27 (0)12 361 5127   Mobile +27 (0)82 6070 495    Email dianacallear@gmail.com
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Established in 2001, Afrisco is the only internationally accredited South African organic certifier. Afrisco, which is associated to Ecocert, licenses organic food production, processing and packaging, and associated non-food products, with the aim of ensuring the integrity of organic food systems in South Africa and neighbouring SADC countries. The entire system is assessed, from production through to distribution.

Afrisco certifies farms as "organic in conversion" during the process of converting from conventional to organic, as this process can take a number of years.

The scheme has been accredited by IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements). Afrisco has applied for accreditation by the EU, to allow certified operators to export to Europe. Once the South African Department of Agriculture develops an accreditation scheme, Afrisco will apply.

The South African office provides inspection and certification to Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Prospective applicants can find all Afrisco's requirements on their website under "Organic standards". The section "Client info" gives a concise summary of the certification, including a list of basic ground rules by which all their clients must operate to maintain integrity of their certification. see http://www.afrisco.net/

Afrisco has the following cetifications:

  • ISO65
  • IFOAM accredited
  • IFOAM Family of Standards
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