Southern Africa

SADC farmers meeting in Zimbabwe, agriculture transformation tops agenda

MARVELLOUS MAKAMBA

HARARE-Transformation in agriculture is up on the agenda of Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions’ (SACAU) meeting in Zimbabwe as role players gather to formulate strategies to achieve the goal through trade.

The conference being held in the resort town of Victoria Falls with the theme, Trade as a Driver for Agricultural Transformation in Southern Africa will on Monday be opened by Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The gathering is being attended by the top leadership of national farmers’ organisations, policymakers, agribusiness leaders, development partners and other stakeholders from the Southern African region.

SACAU’s Chief Executive Officer, Ishmael Sunga said: “This year’s conference theme is primarily motivated by Africa’s natural resource endowment and the increasing global demand for food, fuel and fibre, which are essential elements for the transformation of the agricultural sector. While trade plays a critical link between markets and production, its performance in transforming the agricultural sector in the region has been less than satisfactory.”

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