Transforming agriculture to boost food security

The current drought is already having severe negative effects on regional food security. South Africa, the region’s largest maize producer, is facing a 5 million tonne deficit that will need to be met through imports. The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) organised a food security conference from 7 to 10 of March in Oslo. […]

Conservation agriculture reaps rewards

Conservation agriculture (CA) adoption is on the rise in some areas areas of Zimbabwe and Mozambique with farmers reporting increases in crop yield. SACAU was joined by the Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) and the Mozambican farmers’ association, União Províncal de Camponeses de Manica (UCAMA) to visit farmers in Murehwa district, Zimbabwe and Sussundenga district in […]

Dairy sector stakeholders to meet in Maseru

SACAU will co-host a regional meeting for members of its dairy stakeholders in Lesotho next month with the Lesotho National Farmers Union (LENAFU) and long-term development partner, We Effect. The meeting will take place from 11th-13th April in Maseru. The Lesotho dairy sector is a dynamic one with ample opportunities to showcase and as such, […]

Study reveals widespread drought impact in southern Africa

The ongoing drought has had a widespread negative impact on the region, according to a recent assessment conducted by SACAU in partnership with Agri SA. The results were shared at a joint media conference hosted by SACAU and Agri SA on Tuesday, 1st March 2016, in Centurion, South Africa. The keynote speakers were SACAU CEO […]

SACAU pushes for rights of women in agriculture

Farming in sub-Saharan Africa is a family affair. Yet, women continue to face serious challenges and constraints which inhibit them from effectively unleashing their full potential. March 8 is International Women’s Day and a chance to look at the impact women have on agriculture as well as the constraints they face in the sector. These […]

SACAU features in prestigious anthology 

A special edition anthology, published in partnership with Foreign Affairs, brings together the views of twenty leading thinkers on all aspects of food systems, smallholder farming, and the transformative opportunity presented by digital technology. The authors include SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga who wrote an essay called “Organizing for the Future: Overcoming Fragmentation with Digital Technology”. […]

SACAU to release drought survey for regional action

  SACAU members from 12 SADC countries have responded to an urgent call for information on the impact of the drought in the region to help the confederation plan a way forward. Coordinated by Dr Manyewu Mutamba, the survey evaluates the impact of drought in each country and also identifies the major challenges faced by […]

SACAU to Attend 6th Global Farmers’ Forum

Farmers from around the globe will be gathering in Rome later this month to review their collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and share their experiences and knowledge. The Farmers Forum runs between the 15 and 16 February 2016 with leaders from Farmers Organisations around the world will be in attendance. SACAU […]