Climate-smart agriculture is the solution to climate resilience

Climate change still remains a critical challenge to livestock and cereal farmers in southern Africa. Stress-tolerant germplasms, ICT-enabled climate information services, diversified livestock-based livelihoods and weather-based insurance were identified as solutions which cereal and livestock farmers can adopt to make the transition to climate-resilient agriculture. These solutions were discussed at a regional meeting held on […]

Madagascan farmers reap rewards of cooperatives

SACAU, through the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) funded Support to Farmers’ Organizations in Africa Program (SFOAP), is providing assistance to farmers in the Bungolava region of Madagascar to get organised into cooperatives. The program which is in its third year is being implemented in collaboration with the Coalition Paysanne de Madagascar (CPM).  SACAU’s […]

Cotton Producers Hope to Cash in on Cotton

Following a difficult start to the year, households engaging in agricultural production across the region have struggled to grow sufficient yields in staple as well as cash crops at the same levels seen last season. A hostile climate, the limited reach of extension services and inadequate availability and supply of inputs were some of the […]

Seed Industry Public and Private Sector Stakeholders Advance COMSHIP Agenda

The lack of quality and improved seeds in eastern and southern Africa has for a long time been highlighted as a key contributor to food insecurity and poverty, with calls from various stakeholders in the agricultural industry for access to quality seed for small-scale farmers as a means to increase productivity. The Common Market for […]

Leveraging opportunities for farmers’ organisations to enhance their impact

Leaders of farmers’ organisations gathered to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Strategic partnership supporting capacity development of African farmers’ organisations through improved policies, technologies and capabilities. It took place on 21st September 2016, at a ceremony at the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), in Brussels. Dr Theo […]

Transforming smallholder farms into profitable businesses

Building an enterprise takes many different tasks, from stepping into the shoes of potential customers to designing products or services, to running a marketing campaign. This was one of the key messages for women farmers at SACAU’s Agro-preneurship training in Johannesburg this month. The three-day training from 27th – 29th September at the Birchwood Hotel […]

Decisions and Commitments from the 2016 African Green Revolution Forum

1. The Sixth African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 5th to 9th September, 2016. It attracted more than 1500 delegates from 40 countries. The AGRF once again proved to be a multi-stakeholder forum bringing together a diverse range of influential change agents from across the African agriculture landscape and around […]

IFAD concludes supervision mission

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) concluded its supervision mission of the Support to Farmers’ Organisations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) main phase to the southern African region on 24th August 2016. The main phase of SFOAP is implemented by the five Regional Farmers’ Organisations (RFOs) in Africa namely; Eastern African Farmers’ Federation (EAFF); the […]

Namibian farmers intensify engagement with stakeholders

A recent visit by Mr Benito Eliasi, SACAU’s Capacity Development Advisor, to Namibia has revealed that mutual collaboration and coordination among stakeholders in the agricultural sector brings more benefits to farmers than a more confrontational approach.  The Namibian National Farmers’ Union (NNFU) has gone through transformation over the past two years. The union has taken […]

Farmers’ organisations work to drive uptake of conservation agriculture

União Províncal de Camponeses de Manica (UCAMA) and Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) have been supporting farmers to scale up Conservation Agriculture (CA) in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, respectively. As the key implementing partners of a project titled “Facilitating Farmer-led Scaling-up of Conservation Agriculture in Southern Africa” which is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation(NORAD) […]