SACAU: SFOAP supported projects under Component 3 - Provision of Economic Services

The Component 3 – Provision of Economic Services – of the SFOAP Main Phase is a new element of the programme compared to the pilot phase. Its objective is to support the development of economic activities or services of Farmers’ Organisations (FOs) and thus strengthen their involvement in the value chains. The direct targets of Component 3 are mainly local FOs / member of national FOs, directly involved in economic activities and services to members. Since the SFOAP is not an investment programme, and the particularity of its approach is to intervene through regional FOs, the component mainly focuses on supporting a limited number of cases / initiatives to analyse them, assess their impact and systematize the experience through the production and dissemination of knowledge.

The implementation of Component 3 in Southern Africa is assured by SACAU. In consultation with the participation national FOs, SACAU Secretariat developed a Funding and Implementation Framework that has defined, among others, the eligible services for support and the processes to be followed for the planning of activities, implementation, monitoring and reporting modalities (please click here to learn more on detailed implementation arrangements set up in Southern Africa for the component) . The identification of possible interventions to be financed under this component was launched in all countries involved in the SFOAP in the region between 2013 and 2014. Five projects and initiatives were finally selected to receive support from the Programme.

In Tanzania, the Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT), implements a project to improve innovations and diversification of entrepreneurship activities of ACT members through the operations of the ACT commercial wing (please see the project proposal here).

In Madagascar, the Coalition Paysanne de Madagascar (CPM), supports the project “support farmers in maize production” aiming to strengthen and structure the maize value chain in Bongolava region.

In Namibia, the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU), has developed a study with the support of the Namibia University of Science and Technology to investigate the feasibility of improving the current marketing system to enable smallholder producers to derive greater benefits from their livestock. The aim was to identify the major constraints and opportunities in the sector in the Southern Veterinary Cordon Fence, comprising Kunene South, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Erongo, Hardap and Karas regions.

The Swaziland National Agricultural Union (SNAU), implements the project “Strengthening Economic Services for Piggery in Shiselweni”, aiming to improve income for 135 smallholder pig producers in the Shiselweni Region through a well co-ordinated piggery commodity group.

Finally, the Syechelles Farmers Association (SeyFA), supports the set up an enterprise for marketing of agricultural produce for farmers in Seychelles (please see the project document here).

To learn more on the approach and plan of SACAU and Southern African FOs in the implementation of the component 3 under the SFOAP, please read their regional design document and their plan for 2016, which integrates the recommendations from the Programme Mid-Term Review.

Document type: Programme Documents
Thematic Areas: Access to Services, Capacity Building, Markets and Value chains, Strategic planning / Communication
Year of Publication: 2014