Report from SADC regional farmer speak out on farm input subsidy programmes


Publication date
10 September 2018
African country
South Africa Namibia Zambia Ghana Zimbabwe Lesotho Swaziland Malawi Tanzania Mauritius Mozambique
Corporate Expansion
FISP farmer support seed fertiliser agroecology RWA Rural Women’s Assembly SAPSN Namibia Windhoek SADC Summit SADC
Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) jointly hosted a meeting of farmers and civil society organisations (CSOs) in August 2018 to share views and experiences on farm input subsidy programmes (FISPs) and public sector support for agroecology in the region. About 140 participants from Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mauritius, Lesotho, Swaziland and Ghana attended the workshop. The gathering was part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) People’s Summit, a bigger event of over 800 delegates organised by the Southern African People’s Solidarity Network (SAPSN) to coincide with the SADC Heads of State Summit happening at the same time in Windhoek.

Media release: Civil society responds to BioAfrica Convention

Press release

For immediate release 28 August 2018

BioAfrica Convention: Open for the business of profit; closed to the questions that matter

This week the biotechnology industry meets at the Durban International Convention Centre. Themed “Africa – Open for business” the Convention will explore various ways in which African biodiversity can be exploited for agriculture, industry and health by providing a platform for stakeholders in the biotechnology environment. The Convention is co-hosted by AfricaBio, the Technology Innovation Agency and the South African Department of Science and Technology, with primary sponsorship from DuPont, Syngenta and MSQ Health.1

Farm input subsidies to be discussed at SADC People’s Summit in Namibia, 15 August


African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is partnering with Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) to host a regional farmer speak out and discussion on producer support and farm input subsidy programmes (FISPs) as part of the SADC People’s Summit to coincide with the SADC Heads of State Summit in Windhoek, Namibia, on 15-18 August 2018.

RWA is mobilizing their members from around the region to discuss a range of issues, including women and land, the FISPs and mining and extractives. RWA Namibia will launch. There may also be a day of convergence and action with the wider People’s Summit participants.