News from Southern Africa
The October edition of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)’s newsletter is now available on line containing key news from Southern Africa.
In particular, SACAU is kicking off the process of establishing an agri-agency unit, as mandated by the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was held in Swaziland earlier this year. For this purpose, from 19th to 23rd September, consultations with farmers’ organisations in Zimbabwe were conducted as part of SACAU’s assessment with the collaboration of Agriterra. The consultations focused on management and operations of the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union (ZFU) and the Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU) of Zimbabwe, and their perception regarding different roles of SACAU as a regional apex body of farmers’ organisations (FOs). In addition, the mission investigated the capacity needs of the two organisations as well as their interest to receive or render advisory services to other SACAU members. Similar assessments are scheduled in November and December 2016 in Malawi and Namibia respectively.
Through support provided by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), SACAU also organised training for members of the Southern African Grain Network (SAGNET) on Structured Commodity Trade Finance. SAGNET is a regional network of grain value chain stakeholders from Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The training provided participants with a unique opportunity to understand the prospects and risks under regional and international export/ import financing, with special attention paid to warehouse receipt financing.
October 2016 will also be a memorable month for three young agri-preneurs from SACAU who participated in the Pan African Agribusiness Incubators Conference and Expo that was held in Accra, from 4th to 6th October. The conference whose theme was “turning science into business - inclusive agribusiness incubation for vibrant economies in Africa”, exposed young farmers to different technologies and innovations that are likely going to change the landscape of agriculture in Africa.
The Conference and Expo was followed by a continental briefing of the Pan-African Farmers’ Organisations on 7th and 9th October focusing on youth and agricultural technology. The briefing explored innovative and successful agribusiness ideas as well as new business opportunities for youth.
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