The establishment of the SACAU agri-agency as directed by the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Swaziland is taking shape and an Agriterra mission was recently hosted to advance this.
The main objective of the mission was to work with SACAU technical team in developing a five-year business plan for the agri-agency.
The development of the business plan was building on the three previous missions that were conducted to 10 members of SACAU in six countries namely; Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as the Secretariat. The Agriterra mission comprised Mr Peter van Boekel and Mr Wil Wijtsma from Netherlands, while the SACAU team comprised Mr Ishmael Sunga, Ms Fhumulani Mashau and Mr Benito Eliasi. At the end of the mission, broader areas of intervention in the business plan were discussed and agreed upon.
Also, the approach and first steps of operationalisation were agreed upon. More specifically, this looked at the services to be offered, resourcing and operational modalities. The business plan will be presented to the SACAU Board in the second or third quarter of this year.