SACAU Secretariat staff and presenters at the annual conference
Towards a trade-driven agenda
1. As farmers we need to understand what is stopping us from producing more and what we can do to remove those constraints.
2. If there is no market, there is no trade. If you do not produce you cannot trade. Therefore, production and trade go hand- in-hand.
3. Administered costs (e.g. corruption, unnecessary regulations) are some of the biggest contributors to our lack of competitiveness.
4. We need more focus in terms of who is a farmer, what to produce and for which market?
5. Members are encouraged to take advantage of the platform provided by SACAU for mutual learning, deal making, motivation and networking. Furthermore, they should leverage on the political capital they have to make things happen.
6. FOs need to better organise themselves to be involved in trade related matters and to support their members in this respect. 7. Most farmers in the region are small-scale, producing small quantities. Therefore, there needs to be effective mechanisms to aggregate, package and deliver their output for them to costeffectively participate in trade.
8. SACAU should play a more visible and proactive role in engaging with regional and continental bodies on trade and other cross-cutting matters. In addition, SACAU should have a trade capacity development programme for members and support them in that regard.