PhytoTrade Africa
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)

Description/achievement of initiative

PhytoTrade Africa, the Southern African Natural Products Trade Association is a regional trade association, involving members from six countries in Southern Africa (Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe). Its primary objective is to supplement the income of poor rural communities, particularly those living in marginal dryland areas, through the commercialization of a range of natural products, derived from sustainably managed, indigenous floristic resources. PhytoTrade operates as a conventional trade association with a substantial set of additional functions as a development institution. It is a regional not-for-profit service provider, acting as a mechanism for community-based natural product producers and traders to generate business for themselves. It also provides an operational focus for development interventions on behalf of the sub-sector. PhytoTrade does not itself engage in trade or in financing the business of members, but facilitates the trade of members and other community-based operators in the natural products sector.PhytoTrade has been developed within the context of the WSSD, and will use the Summit as a platform to expand its membership, strengthen its financial resource base, and forge new and complementary partnerships with governments, inter-governmental agencies, the private sector and NGOs.


Major Groups:
PhytoTrade Africa Executive Office (Zimbabwe)
International Land Coalition (Italy)
Southern African CBOs (South Africa)
Southern African NGOs (South Africa)
Southern African private sector (South Africa)

Other intergovernmental organizations:
IFAD (Italy)

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