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SACAU's Annual Conference on the spot!

On 14 and 15 May 2018, the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) held its Annual Conference in Victoria Falls under the theme “Trade as a driver for agricultural transformation in southern Africa”. The Conference was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, His Excellency Cde. Emmerson D. Mnangagwa.

The event attracted about 100 delegates drawn from the leadership of national farmers’ organizations from southern African countries, the government of Zimbabwe, representatives of intergovernmental agencies, international development agencies, the private sector, research and development agencies and trade experts.

Addressing the conference, the President of Zimbabwe called for African governments to invest in agriculture, against the background that the continent is spending too much on food imports annually.

Mr Ishmael Sunga, the CEO of SACAU, observed that whilst trade was a critical link between markets and production, its performance in transforming the agricultural sector in southern Africa had been less than satisfactory meaning that there is significant scope for a trade-driven agricultural transformation.

Following rich presentations, panel discussions and plenary sessions, the conference agreed on a number several key messages covering critical areas such as production and productivity, trade agreements and related processes, unfair trade practices, market access, standards, policies, capacity development, and the essentials for a trade-driven agricultural transformation agenda.
 
For more information, please visit SACAU website and read SACAU's Newsletter.

from 14/05/2018 to 15/05/2018
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Markets and Value chains, Policy Dialogue
Region: South Africa
Countries: Zimbabwe