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Making Markets Work for Poor in Southern Africa

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 09:45
Solidaridad Network Southern Africa

Solidaridad Network Southern Africa is an international networking organisation with more than 20 years’ experience in creating fair and sustainable supply chains, from producer to consumer, for smallholders.

Solidaridad Network Southern Africa is hosting a two-day conference entitled ‘Making Markets Work for the Poor in Southern Africa’ from 29-30 May 2012 in Pretoria.

Some of the poorest countries in the world are situated in the Southern Africa Region where almost half of the population live on less than US$1 per day. The majority of the people living in the Southern Africa Region are smallholder farmers in rural areas who eke out a subsistence living off the land. In spite of this, smallholders are progressively becoming key players in the economy of developing countries through their production of food and commodities.

Solidaridad in partnership with all stakeholders, government, other NGOs, business, financial institutions, labour as well as its beneficiaries, the small scale farmers, is expanding its programmes within the region. By working closely with our partners, the organisation investigates and implements technologies that improve the quality and production levels of smallholders by applying smarter, modern and sustainable agricultural practices. Solidaridad follows on through the supply chain into innovative and sustainable value added processes and we create market linkages that ensure fair prices and longer term sustainability of our programmes. The world-wide programmes that Solidaridad is involved with attest to the success of this approach. Within Southern Africa, Solidaridad, in partnership with various local and regional organisations has a fair biomass programme in the Sofala province of Mozambique and the UTZ Certification Project for Tea Estates in Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. There is also an active sugar certification programme in Malawi, Swaziland, and South Africa which will be expanded to Mozambique this year and expansion into livestock, cotton and other commodities is planned for 2012. To find out more about these and other projects, refer to www.solidaridadnetwork.org.

If you or your organisation are interested to grow the role and contribution by smallholders to the agricultural commodity value chains in Africa, then your attendance at the conference will be invaluable. This conference provides a platform for sharing ideas, knowledge and experience whilst networking and forging partnerships.

The conference will be attended by Government & Non-Governmental Organisations (both local and international), smallholder farmer associations, businesses and organisations that are eager to partner with Solidaridad to make markets work for the poor in Southern Africa.

Kindly Note: Only a limited number of people can be accommodated. To ensure your attendance, please send your RSVP no later than 4 May 2012 to laura.robertson@solidaridadnetwork.org.

For more about the conference, refer to www.solidaridadnetwork.org/news/conference-notice-making-markets-work-smallholders-southern-africa-29th-30th-may-2012.

For more about Solidaridad Network Southern Africa, refer to www.solidaridadnetwork.org.

Event start date: 
29/05/2012
Event end date: 
30/05/2012
Event venue: 
Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria
Event type: 
Conference