Mr. Tjeerd Rijpma – leader of the assessment team
SACAU will undergo a final organisational assessment in preparation for the establishment of its “agri agency” unit that will result in the separation of its advocacy and development functions.
The assessment will be held from 6th to 10th February 2017 in South Africa and will be conducted by Mr. Retger Lommerse the Team Manager Environment and Society at Dutch Farmer Organization ZLTO, a farmers’ organisation in the Netherlands, and Mr. Tjeerd Rijpma the Business Advisor at Agriterra based in Nairobi.
This assessment follows other successful assessments that were conductedlast year in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Namibia.
The forth coming five-day mission will provide an opportunity for Agriterra to have an in-depth understanding of practices, systems and performance of SACAU and the services it is currently providing to its members.
Apart from meeting the SACAU president and secretariat staff, the assessment team will also consult with management of AgriSA and the African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) as well as selected stakeholders in the region.
The team is expected to propose key initial activities as well as assumptions for the business plan at the end of the mission.