•The Secretariat and the Board welcome Mr. Lincoln Morolong who re-joined SACAU as Accountant with effect in February.

•We also wish to announce that we have recruited a Programme Officer: Policy who will be joining us in June.

•SACAU will be hosting its Annual Conference from 22nd -26th May 2017 at the Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Please note that the AGM on 26th May is reserved for members only and the conferences on 22nd -25th May are open to everyone. We look forward to seeing you.

•SACAU President, Theo de Jager and CEO, Ishmael Sunga have been invited to participate in a discussion on smart farming which is being organised by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on 2nd May 2017 in Seattle, USA.

The meeting will start with a contextual view on smallholder farming livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa and will explore opportunities of smart farming technologies for inclusive agricultural transformation in the developing world.