M&E system to track impact of SADC-EU EPA

An independent consultant company has been contracted to produce a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system following the signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between six SADC Member States and the European Union (EU). Six SADC Member States (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland) signed the EPA with the EU in June 2016. […]


Cop23 commitment for Agriculture

The UN Climate Change Conference of Parties held its twenty-third instalment in Germany from 6th to 17th November where the parties adopted the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture. This agreement requests two United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) technical bodies to work jointly in addressing issues related to agriculture. The agreement marks progress […]


SNAU members share progress and challenges facing farmers

Leaders of the Swaziland National Agricultural Union (SNAU), drawn from seven member organisations, met in Mbabane, Swaziland, from the November 28-29, 2017 to share experiences in the implementation of specific programmes in their organisations. This was part of the Support to Farmers’ Organizations in Africa Programme (SFOAP). They also reviewed the status of implementation of […]

Mr  Ishmael Sunga of SACAU.              SOURCE: CCAFS’s Flickr...

Raising the voice of farmers at COP23

The diverse needs of farmers must be taken into account when dealing with climate change. This was one of the messages SACAU took to COP23 in Bonn, Germany, in November during their participation in side events. SACAU spoke at two events on Agriculture Advantage which was an initiative and collaborative effort between different organisations with the […]


SADC Member States ready for the fall armyworm in the 2017/2018 season

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) organised a meeting for Member States (MS) and stakeholders to discuss the state of preparedness to combat the fall armyworm (FAW) in the coming agricultural season. Thirteen (13) MSs and other stakeholders such as CABI, CARDESA, ICIPE, CIMMYT, ICRISAT, IITA, […]


Meet November/December’s Young Agripreneur Ambassador, Gift Mafuleka

Gift Mafuleka is a commercial farmer with 15 years’ experience in commercial grain production and contract farming. Born and bred in the sugarcane producing area on the north-eastern coast of South Africa (SA), Gift is now farming on 800 ha in Gauteng Province. He started farming in 2009 to pursue his childhood dream of becoming […]


CEO’s Letter

                                                    By Ishmael Sunga This has, once again, been a hectic year, but it has also been satisfying in many respects.  It has been a good year for agriculture for […]

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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 […]