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Cooperatives: agriculture’s building block for growth

  The Netherlands’ agricultural sector is usually associated with high levels of efficiency and the resultant high agricultural output. This despite their small land area relative to other countries with similar demographics. Farmers have played a critical role in making the sector what it is now. According to Dr Kees Blokland, Managing Director of Agriterra, […]

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Future climate conditions for the SADC Region

Many are optimistic as the region is starting to move out of a very devastating drought experience over the past two years. The El Niño event which brought about the drought was the strongest recorded in the region. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), wetter than average conditions during January to March 2017 are […]

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Chicken wars are getting personal in South Africa

The FAO’s Food Outlook estimates overall meat trade at 30.6 million metric tons in 2016, of which poultry was 12.7 million metric tons, an increase of 3.5 percent from the 2015 figures. Interestingly, in terms of volume, much of the increase in imported and exported poultry from 2015 to 2016 will have come from developing […]

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Agriterra conducts final assessment of SACAU

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 […]

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World Economic Forum gives agriculture global attention

    SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga represented African agriculture on a global platform when he joined leaders from across the globe in Davos-Klosters in Switzerland.  The World Economic Forum’s 47th annual meeting took place from 17th – 20th January 2017 and focused on “Responsive and Responsible Leadership. SACAU participated in discussions on agriculture and Mr […]

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CEO’s Letter – Compliments of the New Year to the SACAU family!

SACAU CEO, Ishmael Sunga I ought to take this opportunity to wish you all a positive start to the year, with a promising outlook and even better health! In farming, if you do one thing late, you will be late in all your work.  So here at the Secretariat, we have hit the ground running. […]

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2016 Year In Review

2016 was an extremely busy year for SACAU.   Below is a summary of some of the things the organisation got up to:   JANUARY  We kicked off 2016 at the World Economic Forum’s 46th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, where SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga had the opportunity of addressing delegates in attendance and pushed for greater global attention […]

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SACAU shares plans for 2017 at the 2016 We Effect Annual Coordination Meeting

    We Effect, SACAU’s longest serving development partner, annually convenes coordination meetings for their partners in southern Africa. Last year, the coordination meeting took place in Lusaka, Zambia from the 22nd – 24th November. SACAU and some of its members from Malawi and Zimbabwe were also part of this convening, which among other things […]

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Time for a farmers’ convention on climate change

  Dr Theo da Jager, SACAU President Farmers are, in every sense, the main characters in the story of climate change. No one is more vulnerable than farmers to the effects of climate change. And no sector can do as much as agriculture, in as short a time, to address the causes, to mitigate the […]

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El Niño continues to bite in the SADC region

The ongoing drought in the region is continuing to exact a heavy socio-economic toll on farmers The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) has warned that the ongoing drought in the region is continuing to exact a heavy socio-economic toll on farmers despite recent rains. Large income losses, defaulting on loans, crop losses, failure […]