As we draw towards the end of the year, it gets busier. In this penultimate month of the year, we have already started wrapping up our activities, especially as December will be a short working month due to the festive holidays.
On the corporate side, the main highlight of the month is the meeting of the SACAU Board. The agenda was packed, considering that it was its last meeting of the year. Among others, the Board reviewed progress regarding the production of the strategic framework, and considered updates on the organisation’s financials, including the preparations for the external annual audit, and on next year’s Annual General Meeting and Annual Conference which will be held in May in Maputo, Mozambique.
In terms of operations, one of the long-standing projects, the European Commissionfunded Support to Farmers’ Organizations in Africa Program (SFOAP) ends in December after being implemented for six years. Wrapping up activities included end of project workshops with farmers’ organisations and other stakeholders and preparing the end of project technical and financial reports.
We also participated in several meetings, some of which are highlighted in this issue. As you are already aware, predictions are that the region will receive normal to below normal rainfall. There are already some indications of a delayed start of the rainy season, and we keep our hopes high and pray that the El Nino effects of this summer will not be as drastic as those experienced about two years ago.
This is not our last issue of the year- it will only come to you in January 2019 after the festive season. It is thus opportune for me to wish you a happy festive season and a prosperous 2019. I hope you will take this period to rest so that you start 2019 rejuvenated. And to farmers of the region, may you weather any storm to make this a successful season. All the best!