The Spanish experience of farmers’ cooperatives

Cooperatives, if well-run are an important vehicle to provide meaningful and critical services to farmers. During a recent visit to Spain, SACAU visited three cooperatives in the Island of Majorca. Two of these were primary cooperatives that provide services directly to farmers, and the third was a secondary cooperative involved in the processing and marketing of almonds. In all […]

Ruramiso Mashumba in one of her maize fields

Meet Ruramiso Mashumba, SACAU’s Young Agripreneur Ambassador

Ruramiso Mashumba is a young female farmer from Marondera, Zimbabwe. She started farming in 2012 on a farm she inherited from her parents. At the time, the farm was just a bush with no equipment and the necessary infrastructure. In 2013, she started growing snap peas for export to the European Union and Africa. She has […]


Accelerating Africa’s Path to Prosperity: AGRF 2017

Growing Inclusive Economies and Jobs through Agriculture September 4-8, 2017 Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. After Seizing the Moment at AGRF 2016 and securing political, policy, and nancial commitments of more than US $30 billion, African leaders must move decisively to harness this surge of support for agriculture and ensure it creates jobs and drives economic growth across the continent—particularly […]

Delegates at SNAU’s annual conference

NNFU called to show leadership in the transformation of non-title deed agriculture for wealth creation

Members of the Namibian National Farmers’ Union (NNFU) met on 9th of May 2017 to discuss transformation of the non-title deed agriculture (communal farming) in the country. The meeting was held in the district of Opuwo on the eve of NNFU’s Annual Congress. The meeting was graced by the Head of the European Union (EU) […]


SACAU joins global call in support of agriculture insurance

The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)is joining a global call to make agriculture insurance available as one of the tools to help farmers in general, and smallholders in particular, to adapt to the challenges of climate change. “We understand how farmers across southern Africa have been affected by the challenges of climate change. Smallholder farmers […]

Delegates at SNAU’s annual conference

SNAU concludes its 2017 Annual Policy Conference and AGM

The Swaziland National Agricultural Union (SNAU) held its Annual Policy Conference and AGM from the 12th to 15th of June 2017 at the Cooperative College of Swaziland, Ezulwini. The theme of the conference was “Opportunities to Improve Climate Change Resilience and Increase Food and Nutrition Security.” The conference was preceded by a one-day training on […]


SACAU Members and We Effect partners sharpen their skills in “policy influencing”

Eighteen (18) officials from SACAU member organisations and We Effect partners were trained on how to effectively influence agricultural policies in their respective countries from 20th to 23rd June 2017. The 4-day training took place in Pretoria, South Africa and focused on practical aspects of designing and executing effective advocacy plans. Ten (10) basic steps […]


Need for a new generation of cooperative businesses?

Cooperatives featured prominently during the World Farmers’ Organisation Congress which was recently held in Helsinki, Finland. Cooperatives were one of the parallel sessions, and a whole day was devoted to discussions on cooperatives. The subject was tackled from different angles, involving cooperators, advisors, researchers, professors – you name it. Topics covered included the soft aspects […]


Annual conference highlights

  SACAU held its annual conference themed “Envisioning Future Farming Skills” from 24th to 25th May in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference was organised against the background that agriculture in general and, farming skills in particular, have become increasingly complex and demanding, thus pointing to the need for aligning skills, competencies and capabilities with […]

AGRF TWG meeting in session.

AGRF thematic working group meets

  The African Green Revolution Forum’s (AGRF) Youth in Agriculture Thematic Working Group (TWG) met on 23rd May alongside SACAU’s annual conference. The meeting was attended by 26 delegates including members of SACAU’s Young Farmers Forum. Delegates discussed ways to increase the involvement of youth in agriculture, challenges faced, experiences of agripreneurs and development partners, […]