Zimbabwe seminar to focus on smallholder sector commercialisation

Zim_farmlandZimbabwean farmers will meet with government officials at a seminar in the beginning of May. (Image source: Jude and Mark)Representatives from Zimbabwe's government will be joined by a host of experts and farmers to discuss strategies and ideas for the commercialisation of smallholder agriculture at a Harare seminar

The Market Linkage Association (MLA), co-ordinated under the Agricultural Partnerships Trust (APT) in Zimbabwe, is set to conduct the seminar, which will take place on May 3, 2012. 

According to MLA Secretary Michael Dawes, the seminar will focus on the roles of donors, the private sector, NGOs, government and farmers unions in commercialising smallholder agriculture in the country.

The seminar, which has been sponsored by USAID, will present an overview of the work carried out by the government on the subject, while an overview of the work conducted by farmers unions on the issue will also be presented by the Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU).

Other panel discussion will take place on strategies and ideas for the commercialisation of smallholder agriculture unions, an overview of the work done by private sector aimed at commercialising smallholder agriculture by the Cotton Growers Association (CGA), and strategies and ideas for the commercialisation of smallholder agriculture by private sector panellists.

An overview of the conducted by donors and NGOs has also been planned, which will include strategies and ideas for the commercialisation of smallholder agriculture by donor panellists.

Wallace Mawire

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