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 […]

Board Induction

Good corporate governance is indispensable to the long-term sustainability of an organisation. In fact, bad corporate governance kills. A critical role of the SACAU Board is ensuring the observance and practice of good corporate governance, and to do that effectively they need to be consciously aware of their roles and responsibilities. To this end, the […]

All roads lead to the AGRF

The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) is considered among the most important events in Africa’s annual agricultural calendar. It brings together a range of critical stakeholders in the African agriculture landscape to discuss and commit to programs, investments, and policies that can counter the major challenges affecting the agriculture sector on the continent. SACAU is […]

CSA related policies and investments in southern Africa

From 20 to 22 August 2018, SACAU will be hosting a Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) advocacy training workshop for its members. The focus will be on better policies and investments in CSA. This is a follow-up event to the CSA sensitisation workshop held in April 2018 where members were exposed to CSA practices and technologies […]

IFAD supervision mission

SACAU, together with other regional farmers’ organisations in Africa have been implementing the main phase of a programme titled “Support to Farmers’ Organizations in Africa Program (SFOAP)” since 2013.The programme seeks to strengthen and consolidate the institutional capacities of FOs and give them a greater say in agricultural policies and programmes. This phase also supports […]

SACAU records satisfactory progress in the first half of the year

A half-year progress report of the organisation which provides an overview of its activities during the first half of the year was produced. The report will be considered at the next Board meeting in August. It highlights progress on both the management aspects of the institution as well as the implementation of the strategic plan […]