Family farming adopted as a resolution

2019 – 2028 a Decade for Family Farming

At its 72nd Session, the United Nations General Assembly officially adopted a resolution declaring 2019 – 2028 as a “Decade of Family Farming”. The resolution is aimed at providing a framework for the promotion of better public policies on family farming. The adoption of the resolution has presented a unique opportunity to all stakeholders in […]

Dr Majola Mabuza, (4th from left) among the panellist at the Soils Advantage event at COP24 (Source: CCAFS website)

Can farmers capitalise on carbon sequestration?

A lot of human activities including deforestation, converting grasslands into arable land, repeated soil tillage, and burning of fossil fuels have disrupted the carbon cycle, taking it out of balance. To this end, scientists and climate change activists have made a clarion call to farmers, as land managers, to play an active role in taking […]


Climate change to worsen the plight of cotton farmers

Climate change or rather climate variability will continue to decimate cotton production. Different regions will be affected differently with lots of uncertainties leading to difficulties in advising farmers on how to respond to these drastic changes in weather patterns. Africa, with lower average yields will be further negatively affected by erratic and unreliable rainfall seasons […]

Dr Sinare Sinare and Mr Ishmael Sunga at the SFOAP closing workshop

President leads a delegation to Rome

The SACAU Chairman, Dr Sinare Sinare, led a six-member delegation to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) headquarters for the closing workshop of the main phase of the Support to Farmers’ Organizations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) which ran from 2013 – 2018. Other members of the delegation were the SACAU Vice Chairman, Mrs Doreen […]

Delegates attending the land network meeting.

Land network for the region in the making

Among the issues that the meeting covered were regional, continental and other policy frameworks and guidelines on land rights and ongoing policy processes; land policies and on-going processes in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe and large-scale land acquisitions. Delegates heard about the existence of several regional and continental frameworks and guidelines on land rights. Their […]

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Climate negotiators reach agreement on “Paris Rulebook”

The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended on a positive note after two weeks of intense negotiations. Held in Katowice, Poland, COP24 was arguably the most important climate conference since the conclusion of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, which had a commitment to […]

SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga

CEO’s Letter

Greetings and welcome to our last newsletter issue of the year. We already extended our best wishes for 2019 to readers in our November issue which was published just before the end of the year. We hope you were all able to take some time off for rest and relaxation before the start of the […]

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Rainfall predictions for January to May 2019

In mid-December 2018, the Twenty Second Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-22) met in Maun, Botswana to review and update the 2018/19 seasonal outlook. It was confirmed during this event that projections of the first two months (October and November 2018) were consistent in several areas with the forecasted October, November and December (OND) […]

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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 […]