Southern African Centre for Cooperation in Agricultural Research and Training (SACCAR)

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Oct 1984, as Southern African Centre for Cooperation in Agricultural Research (SACCAR) -- Centro de Cooperação para Investigação Agricola na Africa Austral, on signature of a Memorandum of Understanding by the then 9 member states of Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), currently Southern African Development Community (SADC), to provide the organizational basis for regional cooperation and technical support for national research systems. Originally also referred to as Southern African Centre for Cooperation in Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Training. Since Dec 1998, functions as a commission of SADC, currently within its Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR). Assumed dissolved prior to 2014.


Promote and coordinate cooperation in agricultural research among the National Agricultural Research Systems (NARSs) of the SADC Member States; facilitate the exchange of information and technologies and mobilization of human, financial, technological and information resources among NARSs to transform agricultural production; promote partnership between public, private and international organizations to undertake research and training activities of regional importance; promote development of human resources necessary for the agricultural research and technology transfer systems to respond to the needs and demands of the agricultural sector in accordance with the gender dynamics.

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As a Sector Coordinating Unit, falls under the mandate of the member state responsible for agricultural and natural resources, research and training (currently Botswana). Promotes and implements available technology. Studies problems common to all or several member states and initiates cooperative research to overcome them. Generates new technologies needed by farmers to raise productivity of food and non-food crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry through regional collaborative projects and inter-country liaison. Strengthens national agricultural research systems and capabilities. Promotes rapid and continuous provision, interchange and utilization of scientific and technical information, both old and new. Projects in the areas of: land and water management; sorghum and millet improvement; grain legume improvement (bean and groundnut); training in research management; agroforestry research; maize and wheat improvement; strengthening Faculties of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Regional vegetable research and development; Southern African root and tuber crops research.


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Relations with 19 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 15 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Research, Standards
    • Research
  • Education
    • Training
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture
  • Solidarity
    • Cooperation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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