SACAU to Take Up Southern African Drought

Continuing drought in Southern Africa is forcing farmers into a crisis. Considered one of the worst droughts in decades, the dismal rain season accompanied by sustained record-breaking temperatures have decimated livestock, made planting largely impossible and resulted in widespread crop failure. This desperate situation will have far-reaching consequences on farmers’ livelihoods, food prices, social and […]

SACAU Aims To Empower Farmers at Davos 2016

At the World Economic Forum’s 46th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, SACAU CEO Ishmael Sunga is to push for greater global attention for the world’s farmers and in particular  smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. This year’s theme is “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution” and Sunga emphasises that farmers need to master the new technologies the world […]

Paris Agreement Recognises Vulnerability of Food Production Systems

Agriculture finally received a welcome boost in the new climate agreement that was concluded at COP21 in Paris on the 12th of December after two weeks of marathon negotiations involving 195 countries. The adopted agreement now includes important clauses that “recognize the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities […]

Drought Dampens 2016 Agricultural Outlook

Absa Agribusiness hosted a Media Round Table on 18 November 2015 where they launched their Agricultural Outlook for 2016 and shared the latest trends and forecasts for the agricultural industry. For the first time since Absa Agribusiness began publishing its Agricultural Outlook a few years ago, an Africa review was included this time around, covering […]

Agriculture Gets No Mention in Draft Climate Agreement

Introduction With just 40 days to the start of the keenly awaited COP21 in Paris, the draft text for a new legally binding climate agreement to replace the Kyoto protocol has been published. Once again, agriculture got no mention in this draft agreement that will guide a global response to climate change. While many of […]

SACAU Convening Regional Workshop for Dairy Farmers

From the 23rd of June 2015, the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) will host a 3-day workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe, for dairy farmers drawn from across eastern and southern African countries. This will be convened in partnership with the Zimbabwe Association of Dairy Farmers (ZADF) and the WeEffect (formerly Swedish Cooperative Centre). The workshop seeks […]

2015 Annual Conference

In the course of the next few days, hundreds of delegates from around the world will arrive in Seychelles for the 2015 SACAU Annual Conference. The conference will be attended by a host of high-level government representatives, private sector stakeholders and international role-players, policymakers, manufacturers, farmers, retailers, financiers, development representatives and stakeholders working within African […]

SADC’s 2063 roadmap

More prominence appears to have been given to minerals following the recent Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government Summit in Zimbabwe. Regional leaders approved two crucial blueprint documents on economic integration and industrialisation in Southern Africa during the Extra-Ordinary Summit. In view of the crucial importance of agriculture in the region, […]

NFO’s making inroads

Following a training and advocacy workshop in South Africa, SACAU has noted a greater recognition of the role National Farmers’ Organisations (NFO’s) by stakeholders in their respective countries. Young farmers’ organisations in particular have seen an increase in the demand for their participation in key policy and programme discussions and meetings. According to Benito Eliasi, […]