ANNOUNCEMENTS HERE IS WHAT’S NEW AT SACAU: Appointment of Mr Tinashe Chavhunduka Mr Tinashe Chavhunduka

Appointment of Mr Tinashe Chavhunduka will join SACAU on the 1st of September as Programme Officer – Regional Commodity Platforms. Tinashe holds a Master’s and an Honours degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Management and a Certificate in Quality Assurance and has worked in […]

Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture

The Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture (2ACCA) will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 9th to 12th October 2018. Convened under the theme “Making Climate Smart Agriculture real in Africa with Conservation Agriculture: Supporting the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063”, this year’s Congress will bring together politicians, farmers, policy makers, service providers […]

SACAU Women Agripreneurs sensitised on SADC Trade Protocols

As one way of empowering women for effective participation and contribution towards development of the agriculture sector in their respective countries, SACAU’s 2018 Women’s forum focused on sensitising representatives of female Agripreneurs on SADC trade protocols and the importance of adhering to basic food safety and standards requirements. Two experts Mrs Margret Lungu of SADCSTAN […]

National Farmers’ Organisations (NFOs) Share Experience from Implementing SFOAP

SACAU has generally succeeded in achieving the objectives of the Support to Farmers’ Organizations in Africa Program (SFOAP) which has been running for the past six years. This was noted during the last International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) supervision mission, which took place from the 30th July to the 3rd of August 2018. From […]

Workshop of Farmer s’ Organisations in Agricultural Policy Processes

The SACAU President and CEO will be attending a workshop in September organised by the Andreas Hermes Akademie (AHA) in Germany. The event aims to foster mutual understanding between European and African Farmers’ Organisations (FOs), promote North-South-South exchanges and networking. It will also sensitize participants on agricultural trade policy issues in Europe and Africa and […]

Normal to Below Normal Rainfall Predicted for 2018/19 Season

The consensus forecast produced by the 22nd annual Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-22) held in Lusaka, Zambia in August 2018 indicates that, with the exception of Tanzania, most of the southern African region is expected to receive normal to below normal rainfall between October and December (OND) 2018. Areas that are likely to […]

Farmers Concerned by lack of CSA Alliances in southern Africa

Unlike other regions in the African continent, where Regional Economic Communities (RECs) have embraced Climate Smart Agriculture Alliances (CSAAs) as strategic support instruments and are actively engaged in the promotion and coordination of CSA programmes, the southern African region is unfortunately lagging behind in this aspect. As such, southern Africa does not have regional representation […]

Competency and Skills Gaps Assessment

A workshop with selected industry stakeholders representing various segments of agricultural value chains brought out interesting insights into the key competencies of a farmer that they consider critical currently and in the future. According to the industry stakeholders, the skills that they found lacking most in the current crop of farmers were mainly in the […]

The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)

SACAU is ready to co-host the African Green Revolution AGRFAfrica’s flagship annual event in the agricultural development calendar. The Forum is technically and financially supported by an alliance of partners that care about, commit to, and work to drive inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa. As already alluded to, the other co-hosts include AGRA, AGCO, the […]

CEO’s Letter

SACAU CEO, Mr Ishmael Sunga Its official, spring is here! In the Republic of South Africa where we are headquartered, the 1st of September is officially the start of spring, the changing climate notwithstanding. In August we have largely been preoccupied with on-going work and commitments. In this respect, the main item on our work […]