SNAU deliberates on the role of farmers’ organisations in socio-economic development

At their 2018 annual policy conference, the Swaziland National Agricultural Union (SNAU) deliberated on the role of farmers’ organisations (FOs) in socioeconomic development. Farmers, private sector, public sector, academia and policy makers were among those in attendance. SACAU was also represented. The event provided a platform for participants to deliberate on different topics that relate […]


Statement by the farmers’ constituency at the joint SBI/SBSTA closing plenary SB48

The farmers’ constituency addressed delegates at the closing plenary of the joint Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 48th session of these bodies convened from 30 April to 10 May in Bonn, Germany. The constituency expressed […]


Farmers call for integration of climate smart agriculture in school curriculum

In the context of climate change, the agricultural sector is confronted with a number of challenges. These relate to the expectation to produce more food to feed a growing world population while overcoming the negative impacts of climate change on the various types of agricultural enterprises. In addition, as a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, […]


Agricultural advisory services at a global scale

Is the global community serious about the SDGs? We would hope so, but do we comprehend the challenge ahead? In just over a decade—or to put it bluntly, in many cases only 11 growing seasons— we have to reach 500 million farmers, potentially expanding to 750 million by 2030. These farmers need advisories to help […]


Increasing farmers’ resilience to climate change

The management of climate-related risks continues to be high on the agenda of the issues that farmers are grappling with all over the world. This was highlighted during the General Assembly (GA) of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) which was held in Moscow, Russia from 28 to 31 May 2018, at which SACAU was represented […]


National farmers’ organisations applaud SFOAP for investing in human capacities

There is growing evidence that investing in human resources for the young National Farmers’ Organisations (NFOs) provides them with stability and credibility. The five NFOs (Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT), Coalition Paysanne de Madagascar (CPM), Lesotho National Farmers Union (LENAFU), Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) and Seychelles Farmers Association (SeyFA)) participating in the “Support to […]


Using insurance schemes to improve services to members

Mr Ishmael Sunga at the WFO General Assembly There is need for farmers’ organisations (FOs) to adopt a more comprehensive understanding of the needs of their members to enable them to design appropriate service offerings, and to take advantage of ICTs in the delivery of such offerings. This was the central message from the presentation […]


The 21st century farmer

Delegates at the young farmers’ consultation meeting The rapidly changing environment within which agriculture takes place, together with the associated complexity, calls for the development of a new generation of farmers. This crop of farmers should have the necessary aptitude which is critical for the development of appropriate skills, competencies and capabilities. To advance this, […]

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CEO’s letter

  SACAU CEO Mr Ismael Sunga The Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Conference have come and gone by. Indeed, the year is moving very fast, and it is already mid-year. The build up to our very successful AGM and Conference, as well as the actual events themselves, was very hectic. We had wished that […]


SACAU kickstarts the development of a new strategic plan

SACAU’s current strategic framework, which is the third since the establishment of the Secretariat in 2003, is in its final year of implementation and due to expire in December 2018. To this end, the organisation has started the process of developing a new strategic plan which will cover 5 years starting from January 2019. As […]