Strategies towards realisation of trade-driven agricultural transformation in the region will dominate discussions when members of the Southern Africa Confederation of the Agricultural Unions’ (SACAU) meet for the annual conference which runs from the 14th to the 15th of May in Victoria Falls.

The 2018 SACAU Conference to be co-hosted by the organisation’s two unions in the country, the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union (ZFU) and Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) will bring together the top leadership of national farmers’ organisations, policymakers, agribusiness leaders, development partners and other stakeholders from the Southern African region and beyond.

ZFU second vice-president Mr Barean Mukwende has expressed confidence of a constructive meeting as the region seeks to harness trade as a driver for agricultural transformation.

“We are excited to be hosting this key gathering which is bringing together the stakeholders in the regional agricultural value chain as we seek to achieve trade-driven agricultural transformation,” he said.

The conference aims to discuss key concerns and issues around trade arrangements and practices, identify and discuss key elements to consider in pursuing a trade-driven agricultural transformation agenda and create an opportunity for farmer leaders in Southern Africa to better understand the rules within which trade happens at global, continental and regional levels as well as in-between countries.

The conference will be followed by an annual general meeting on 16 May where Dr Theo de Jager who is the president of SACAU will present his last chairman’s report before retiring from the board at this meeting.

SACAU will confirm its new president and elect a new deputy president and an ordinary board member during the meeting.