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SACAU participates in Access to Seeds Index Expert Review Committee for Eastern and Southern Africa

SACAU participated in the Access to Seeds Index Expert Review Committee for Eastern and Southern Africa which met in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 12th October 2017. The Index, which is published by the Access to Seeds Foundation, evaluates and compares seed companies according to their efforts to improve access to quality seeds of improved varieties […]

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Meet October’s Young Agripreneur Ambassador, Christoph Knye

    Christoph Knye and his wife, Judith Isele Christoph Knye from Namibia’s Gobabis District in Omaheke Region has been farming since January 2010 immediately after completing his BSc (Agric): Agricultural Economics specialising in Agri-Business Management at the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa. Prior to his studies at UP, he spent almost two years […]

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Africa Solidarity Trust Fund Sub-regional Project

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Southern Africa sub-regional office hosted an end of project workshop from 08th to 12th October 2017 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The project, titled “Strengthening controls of food safety threats, plant and animal pests and diseases for agricultural productivity and trade in Southern Africa”, sought to put in place effective […]

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Meeting Malabo Declaration Goals through Climate-Smart Agriculture

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in partnership with several international and regional organisations, convened the 2017 Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) Annual Conference from 25th to 27th October 2017 in Maputo, Mozambique. Held under the theme, “A Thriving Agricultural Sector in A Changing Climate: Meeting Malabo Declaration Goals through Climate-Smart […]

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National farmers’ organisations share SFOAP implementation progress

Visiting team of representatives of NFOs at the piggery cooperative in Shiselweni, Swaziland Five national farmers’ organisations (NFOs) namely Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT); Coalition Paysanne de Madagascar (CPM), Lesotho National Farmers’ Union (LENAFU), Seychelles Farmers’ Association (SEYFA) and Swaziland National Agricultural Union (SNAU) met with the IFAD supervision mission from 21st to 25th October […]

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CSA partners collaborate on promoting practices and technologies

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) current projections suggest that in the next 30 years, food production will have to increase by at least 70% to meet the demands of the world’s growing population. However, this may not be easy to accomplish, given the extensive impact of climate change and weather variability on the […]

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IFAD successfully completes the supervision mission in SACAU

IFAD Mission team and representatives of NFOs in Swaziland The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), together with four other regional farmers’ organisations (RFOs), on the continent has been implementing a Support to Farmers’ Organizations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) which is funded by the European Union (EU), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), French […]

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Facilitating farmers’ access to Weather Based Index solutions

SACAU recently signed a funding agreement with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) for implementation of a project titled “Development of a regional framework for Weather Based Index Solutions for Southern Africa.” Working with insurance companies and farmers’ organisations amongst others, SACAU will develop a proposal for regional policy and regulatory framework […]

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Meet Noi Selepe, the September young agripreneur ambassador

Noi Selepe at her abattoir in Lesotho Noi Paulina Selepe is a 30-year- old female agripreneur based in Maseru, Lesotho. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the National University of Lesotho which she obtained in 2010. After spending two fruitless years job hunting, she decided to start farming with four piglets she was given […]

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Coalition Paysanne de Madagascar (CPM) facilitates the establishment of cooperatives in Madagascar

SACAU Capacity Development Advisor, Benito Eliasi, with farmers from Madagascar who are ready to start a cooperative The cooperative movement in Bongolava, one of the major maize- producing provinces in Madagascar, is taking root thanks to the Support to Farmers’ Organization in Africa Programme (SFOAP) being rolled out with support from the International Fund for […]