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Thumbs up for weather-based index insurance for southern Africa’s smallholder farmers

A briefing note on the ‘Promoting Risk Pooling at Regional Level’ workshop held August 2019 JOHANNESBURG, 20 August 2019 (SACAU) — Farming and insurance industry players recently agreed to promote widespread adoption of weather-based index insurance (WBII) by smallholder farmers in southern Africa and established a Working Group (WG) to spearhead this effort. The decisions […]

SACAU to Attend 6th Global Farmers’ Forum

Farmers from around the globe will be gathering in Rome later this month to review their collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and share their experiences and knowledge. The Farmers Forum runs between the 15 and 16 February 2016 with leaders from Farmers Organisations around the world will be in attendance. SACAU […]

SACAU to Take Up Southern African Drought

Continuing drought in Southern Africa is forcing farmers into a crisis. Considered one of the worst droughts in decades, the dismal rain season accompanied by sustained record-breaking temperatures have decimated livestock, made planting largely impossible and resulted in widespread crop failure. This desperate situation will have far-reaching consequences on farmers’ livelihoods, food prices, social and […]

SACAU Aims To Empower Farmers at Davos 2016

At the World Economic Forum’s 46th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga is to push for greater global attention for the world’s farmers and in particular  smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. This year’s theme is “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution” and Sunga emphasises that farmers need to master the new technologies the world […]

Paris Agreement Recognises Vulnerability of Food Production Systems

Agriculture finally received a welcome boost in the new climate agreement that was concluded at COP21 in Paris on the 12th of December after two weeks of marathon negotiations involving 195 countries. The adopted agreement now includes important clauses that “recognize the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities […]

Drought Dampens 2016 Agricultural Outlook

Absa Agribusiness hosted a Media Round Table on 18 November 2015 where they launched their Agricultural Outlook for 2016 and shared the latest trends and forecasts for the agricultural industry. For the first time since Absa Agribusiness began publishing its Agricultural Outlook a few years ago, an Africa review was included this time around, covering […]

Agriculture Gets No Mention in Draft Climate Agreement

Introduction With just 40 days to the start of the keenly awaited COP21 in Paris, the draft text for a new legally binding climate agreement to replace the Kyoto protocol has been published. Once again, agriculture got no mention in this draft agreement that will guide a global response to climate change. While many of […]