HERE IS WHAT’S NEW AT SACAU:   •The Secretariat and the Board welcome Mr. Lincoln Morolong who re-joined SACAU as Accountant with effect in February. •We also wish to announce that we have recruited a Programme Officer: Policy who will be joining us in June. •SACAU […]


Dairy Steering Committee meet in Pretoria and define 2017 strategy

Members of the committee The Steering Committee that drives the collaboration of regional dairy associations convened a meeting on 3rd April in Pretoria, South Africa. The Committee reviewed progress of the dairy platform, finalised terms of reference for the platform and looked at the longer-term focus of the collaboration. Central to the regional collaboration is […]


AfDB talks Jobs for Youth in Africa

SACAU young “agri-preneurs” can play an important role in rolling out the AfDB strategy   On 27th February 2017, Ministers from the southern African region gathered in Pretoria to discuss the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s strategy on “Jobs for youth in Africa”. Due to the priority that SACAU has set to actively involve the youth […]

Progress on the COMESA Seed Harmonization Implementation Plan

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) through its specialised agency, the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), has put in place the COMESA Seed Harmonization Implementation Plan (COMSHIP) earmarked to domesticate the COMESA Seed Trade Harmonisation Regulations. Little progress has been made by member states in aligning their […]


The impact of land tenure systems on agricultural transformation

SACAU, in partnership with We Effect, commissioned a study to determine the impact of tenure systems on agricultural transformation in the smallholder sector. The study focused on four countries, namely Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, and provided an overview of the main land tenure systems in existence in these countries and their main distinguishing features. […]


CEO’s Letter

              By Ishmael Sunga May is the month when all our members traditionally come together for their Annual Conference and the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Last year it was in Ezwilini, Swaziland, and the previous one was in Mahe, Seychelles. This time around, all roads will lead to Cape […]


The EPAs are back!

Six SADC member states – Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique – recently concluded an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union as a bloc. Most of the remaining SADC members are covered under the EPA between the EU and COMESA. Trade liberalisation is at the heart of EPAs, and the EPAs […]


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 […]


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 […]