The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) is a non profit making farmer
organization representing the common interests of national agricultural unions in the SADC region. SACAU was originally formed in 1992 as a loose consultative forum by six farmer organizations in the region. SACAU was mandated to represent farmer organizations in all four SADC countries.
It has since expanded its membership to include six SADC countries. SACAU represents an association of
farmer organizations in the region. The key interests in the formation of SACAU were marketing and trade, regional development of the sub-continent, land settlement and environmental issues; security, law and order; labour, research, extension and training and organizational issues.
SACAU is guided by the following strategic pillars:
Strengthening the capacity of farmer organizations in the region to effectively address the needs
and concerns of their members;
Affording a platform through which farmers interact, meet, receive information and exchange views
with various stakeholders on agricultural matters;
Providing information on all farmer organizations in the region through a comprehensive database.
Capacity building of farmer organizations is now on the agenda of SADC and NEPAD as well as a
central component in other developmental organizations dealing with agriculture in the region. SACAU is forming strategic alliances to ensure that members are provided with stronger lobbying and negotiating skills. This represents the starting
point for improved institutional collaboration for development within the SADC region.