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) […]

Celebrating women in Agriculture

Women farmers across the southern African region are preparing for the annual gathering of women in agriculture organised by SACAU. The annual gathering in South Africa from the 27th to 29th September will bring together women farmers from the region. The gathering is aimed at strengthening the entrepreneurial capacity of women in the agriculture sector. […]

Farmers Union of Malawi advocates for improvements in market access for farmers

Opening Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) held its 12th Annual Congress and Policy Conference, Malawi’s Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Hon. Dr. George Chaponda, MP; stressed the importance of understanding the country’s comparative advantage within the tripartite free trade area. The Minister went on to state that political will, patriotism, integrity and hard […]

SACAU Newsletter July 2016

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