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Biannual Review of the Malabo commitments

Since the adoption of Malabo commitments in June 2014, the first Biannual Review (BR) was conducted in 2017 and the results are indicating that very few countries are on track to achieve the agreed indicators of accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods of African people. The African Union Commission (AUC) […]

Transforming Africa’s agriculture

Going beyond consulting farmers

Why is Africa’s agriculture not transforming as it ought to? What role can farmers play to change the situation around? This issue was discussed in one of the plenary sessions of the 2018 annual dialogue co-hosted by the Food and Agriculture Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Graca Machel Trust, Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) and […]


Land issues under the spotlight

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa SubRegional Office (UNECA-SRO) convened an Ad Hoc experts group meeting together with country representatives from the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The meeting was held from 28 to 29 November 2018 in Livingstone, Zambia under the theme “Land, identity and socio-economic transformation in southern Africa”. Indeed, for successful […]


Cotton production projections

In the 2017/18 season, global cotton production rose by 17% to 26.8 million tonnes, following the 7% increase in production of the previous season. The forecast for 2018/19 season predicts a slight dip of 2% to 26.3 million tonnes. This slight decrease in production is attributable to the reduction of area under cotton coupled with […]


Ownership of farm data – are farmers aware of their rights

Agriculture has advanced to a stage where farm equipment supplied by prominent service providers carry sensors that record and upload data reflecting developments on each spot of the farmers’ fields. Some of the suppliers have used such developments to venture into the information business, offering to assist farmers to collect farm data, analyse it and […]

Women farmers attending a training workshop.

SFOAP comes to an end

The Support to Farmers’ Organizations in Africa Program (SFOAP) will be ending in December after six (6) years of implementation. To this effect, SACAU held a workshop from 08 to 09 November in Johannesburg, South Africa, which took stock of the progress as well as lessons learned in the implementation process. The five (5) participating […]

SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga

CEO’s Letter

As we draw towards the end of the year, it gets busier. In this penultimate month of the year, we have already started wrapping up our activities, especially as December will be a short working month due to the festive holidays. On the corporate side, the main highlight of the month is the meeting of […]


Food loss/waste and climate change

The global agenda on climate change seems to have invested quite a lot of resources on areas such as energy generation, transport, forest conservation, and resilient agricultural production systems, among others. One area that continues to be overlooked despite its importance in the climate change discourse, is the reduction of food loss and waste. This […]



The following events are planned for November: 1. Southern African Cotton Producers Association Steering Committee Meeting: 08 November, South Africa 2.  Closing Workshop of the Support to Farmers Organisations in Africa program: 08-09 November, South Africa 3. Board Meeting: 03 November 2018, South Africa 4. Consultation meeting with land based organisations in the region: 26 – 27 […]


SADC meets international partners in the agriculture sector

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) organised a consultation meeting with its International Cooperating Partners (ICPs) in Gaborone from 11 to 12 October 2018. The consultations that were hosted by the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate provided an opportunity for both SADC and ICPs to update each other on new developments including SADC […]