Conference notice: Making Markets Work for Smallholders in Southern Africa – 29th & 30th May 2012

Smallholder farmers are progressively becoming key players in the economy of developing countries through their production of food and commodities. 

The majority of the people living in the Southern Africa Region are resource poor smallholder farmers in rural areas who make a living off the land. How do we make markets for these producers, whilst applying smarter, modern and sustainable agricultural practices?

Conference Making Markets Work for Smallholders in Southern Africa

Solidaridad is an international network organisation with more than 20 years’ experience in creating fair and sustainable supply chains, from producer to consumer, for smallholders. Our Johannesburg based Southern African office will be hosting a conference on 29th and 30th May 2012 at the Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria.

Discussions and presentations will centre on the topic “Making Markets Work for Smallholders in Southern Africa”.

Partnerships for change

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.

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. By working closely with our partners, we investigate and implement technologies and practises that improve the quality and production levels of smallholders as well as increase their access across value chains.

Within Southern Africa, Solidaridad, in partnership with various local and regional organisations among others 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.

Attending the conference?

If your organisation is interested to grow the role and contribution by smallholders to the agricultural commodity value chains in Africa, then your attendance 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 smallholders 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 Friday 4th May 2012 to