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SNAU - Swaziland (SACAU) - Workshop on agricultural policies

The Swaziland National Agricultural Union is vested to serve as a union that promotes and safeguards the interests of farmers in Swaziland by linking farmers with their stakeholders, facilitating a favourable environment for production, and access to land, water, markets, research and technology for improvement of their livelihood. The SNAU mission is “to enable farmers in Swaziland access land, water, markets, research and technology for the improvement of their livelihood and enhance the relationship between individual farmers with their relevant stakeholders locally and internationally”.

Currently, there is a lack of knowledge on regional and national agricultural policies and strategies and legislation among SNAU members, and in particular executive board members. In order for them to contribute to the reviewing, monitoring and implementation of agricultural policies and propose development of new policies and legislation when required, it is of paramount importance and should be a prerequisite that SNAU is knowledgeable about existing and proposed regional and national policies and legislation relevant to agriculture development and food security.

Given the above, a specific workshop was carried out aiming to:

  • Review national and regional policies and legislation relevant to agriculture and food security and translate them into simple policy briefs for SNAU;
  • Highlight sections relevant to landuse and input supply to farmers and build the capacity of SNAU in understanding the policy content;
  • Determine the status of the policy and extent of policy implementation and build the capacity of SNAU on understanding policy status;
  • Identify and establish the policy position on land use and input supply policy and engage SNAU in a SWOT Analysis;
  • Engage SNAU in a PEST (LE) Analysis based on the policy position on landuse and input supply to farmers;
  • Make policy recommendations based on the SWOT and PEST (LE) Analyses
from 21/03/2012 to
Thematic Areas: Capacity Building, Policy Dialogue
Region: South Africa