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PAFO elects a new President

Delegates at the PAFO General Assembly The Pan African Farmers’ Organisation (PAFO) at its General Assembly (GA) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 18th February 2017, elected Mr. Abdelmajid Ezzar, the President of Union Maghrebine et Nord Africaine des Agriculteurs (UMNAGRI) as its President. Mr. Ezzar, who will serve for a two-year period, took over […]

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Farmers must harness strategic role in PPPs

Farmers should ensure they are well positioned to play a pivotal role in Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) which will drive the agro-based Fourth Industrial Revolution, said SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga. Mr Sunga was addressing the 47th Brussels Briefing in February on the issue of “Involvement of farmers in PPPs: a practical example and perspectives.” He […]

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Agriterra completes organisational assessment of SACAU

Agriterra assessment team with SACAU secretariat staff Agriterra concluded the organisational assessment of SACAU on the 10th February 2017 paving a way for the business for an agri agency. The assessment that spanned over a period of one week was conducted by Mr Rutger Lommerse, team manager Environment and Society at the Dutch farmers’ organisation […]

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SACAU and We Effect Annual Review meeting – greater collaboration in 2017

SACAU hosted Mr Goran Forssén and Ms Jennipher Sakala from We Effect on 9th February for an annual review of progress made in 2016 in the implementation of its operational plan. The meeting discussed the annual report which highlighted the main activities undertaken and associated results, lessons learnt and risks and their mitigation amongst others. […]

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SACAU’s progress in making climate resilience a reality for farmers

The ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) in partnership with SACAU hosted a meeting in September 2016 in Johannesburg to launch a flagship project that seeks to promote climate-resilient cereal and livestock farming in southern Africa. The meeting was also aimed to build partnerships and synergies with stakeholders in the implementation of […]

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Nominations Open for the 2017 Africa Food Prize

Nairobi, 6 March 2017:   The search is on for the winner of the 2017 Africa Food Prize – the preeminent award that recognises outstanding individuals or institutions that are leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives. Now in its second year, […]

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CEO’s letter

By Ishmael Sunga One of the key highlights of February is the good rains that fell in most of the southern African region. All indications are that this season will not be a drought year. Apart from adequate food supplies, good rains always bring with them a feeling of optimism in overall economic performance, given […]

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SADC can use cohesion to control Fall Armyworms

Farmers are calling for urgent regional action to help control the infestation of the Fall Armyworm in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). FAO, SADC and the International Red Locust Control Organization for Central and Southern Africa (IRLCOCSA) met in Harare, Zimbabwe, from February 14th-16th to discuss the ongoing infestation. Media reports indicate the worm […]

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SACAU Annual conference

   

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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, […]