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Tanzania @ 50: “There is no shortcut to our aspirations”  SANF 11 No 37, December 2011
December 9 should be a public holiday in southern Africa, celebrated throughout the region.
This is the date that Tanganyika (now Tanzania) achieved independence, 50 years ago, in 1961, and without this date, the rest of southern Africa might not yet be independent.

Zimbabwean journalist honoured in global competition for agricultural reporting  SANF 11 No 36,December 2011
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has awarded six journalists for outstanding reporting on agricultural extension and advisory services in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
A Zimbabwean journalist, Kizito Sikuka, came tops for southern Africa and ultimately for Africa, while scooping third prize in the global competition.

SADC deploys for DRC polls  SANF 11 No 35, November 2011
Southern Africa’s biggest-ever election observer mission will observe the 28 November general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Agriculture support services are key to boosting food security  SANF 11 No 34,November 2011
Developing countries could achieve food security as well as promote rural development if the right agricultural policies on extension services are enacted and fully implemented.

COP17 Towards agreement on climate change  SANF 11 No 33, November 2011
The climate change conference set for Durban, South Africa in November provides an opportunity for the global community to reach a binding agreement towards the common goal of rescuing the planet, but deep divisions remain on the way forward.
The 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will continue negotiations toward a global consensus on a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012.

Tripartite Summit to launch grand FTA negotiations   SANF 11 No 32, November 2011
First round of negotiations to establish a grand Free Trade Area covering 27 countries in eastern and southern Africa are scheduled to start in December.
This follows the adoption of negotiating principles, modalities for negotiations and a roadmap for negotiating that were agreed at the 2nd COMESA-EAC-SADC Summit held in South Africa this year.

China Africa Think Tank Forum aims to strengthen dialogue   SANF 11 No 31, October 2011
China and Africa have taken another step to strengthen relations with the launch of a forum to promote research and exchanges among think tanks from both places. Representatives of think tanks, political and business leaders from China and 27 African countries gathered in the Chinese cities of Hangzhou and Jinhua at the end of October for the first meeting of the China-Africa Think Tank Forum (CATTF).

Seamless transport corridors key to regional integration   SANF 11 No 30B, October 2011
Southern Africa is investing in transport corridors to facilitate trade and economic liberalization by ensuring the smooth movement of goods and persons across Member States.


“He carried the torch that liberated Africa” 
 SANF 11 No 30A, October 2011
Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere was the father of southern African liberation, and one of the founding fathers of the Southern African Development Community.

Southern Africa ready for AFCON   SANF 11 No 29, October 2011
Three southern African countries will raise the regional profile at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

SADC, AfDB to strengthen food security in Okavango Basin   SANF 11 No 28, October 2011
The Southern African Development Community and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are working on a project to improve water management and food security in the two Okavango Basin states of Angola and Namibia.

Zambia cabinet falls short of SADC gender threshold   SANF 11 No 27, October 2011
Fhe new Zambian cabinet announced by President Michael Sata fails to address the gender gap in terms of women’s participation in positions of authority.

Sata wins Zambia’s presidential election   SANF 11 No 26, September 2011
Former Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front has been declared the winner of Zambia’s presidential election held on 20 September, defeating the incumbent, Rupiah Banda by some 188,249 votes. Sata was sworn in as Zambia’s fifth president on Friday.

Zambians go to the polls   SANF 11 No 25, September 2011
Zambians go to the polls for general elections this week to elect their president, members of Parliament and local government representatives for the next five years.

Southern Africa has enough food   SANF 11 No 24, September 2011
The overall food security situation in southern Africa is set to remain stable throughout the year following another successful farming season. SADC has now recorded three consecutive years of good harvest.

SADC to establish world’s largest transfrontier park   SANF 11 No 23, September 2011
The establishment of the world’s largest transfrontier park moved another step closer to becoming a reality when five southern African countries signed a treaty to formally launch the park. Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe signed the treaty to establish the Kavango-Zambezi Trans Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) at the recent SADC Summit held in Luanda, Angola.

Regional food security to benefit from agricultural research centre   SANF 11 No 22, September 2011
The launch of a regional agricultural research centre has demonstrated SADC’s commitment to improving food security in the region.
Located in Gaborone, Botswana, the Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA) aims to coordinate and stimulate agricultural growth through research, technology development and dissemination of research information to farmers.

Pro-active approach needed for SADC to access climate funding   SANF 11 No 21, August 2011
One of the major decisions to come out of the ongoing climate change negotiations has been the need to establish a Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The fund is expected to raise and disburse about US$100 billion a year by 2020, starting with US$30 billion from 2012 to support mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries.

DRC gears up for general elections   SANF 11 No 20, August 2011
More than 31 million voters have registered for the forthcoming general election scheduled for November in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This represents a significant increase compared to about 25.6 million that registered for the last election held in 2006.

Zambia goes to the polls on 20 September   SANF 11 No 19, August 2011
Zambia will hold the 2011 general elections on 20 September following the dissolution of the Cabinet and the National Assembly at the end of July by President Rupiah Banda in line with the country’s constitution.

Youth empowerment tops AU agenda   SANF 11 No 18, June 2011
Youth empowerment is top on the agenda at the forthcoming African Union Summit scheduled for Equatorial Guinea on 30 June - 1 July. Other issues for discussion include climate change, food security, economic development and peace in the continent.

Renewable energy: The way to go   SANF 11 No 17, June 2011
Southern Africa like the rest of the world is slowly turning to renewable energy as the need for cleaner and alternative energy sources gains momentum.

Free Trade Area: To cover half of Africa   SANF 11 No 16, June 2011
The leaders of 26 African countries have taken another major step towards a Free Trade Area that would cover the eastern half of Africa, literally from the Cape to Cairo – from South Africa to Egypt.

Tripartite Summit to launch grand FTA negotiations   SANF 11 No 15, June 2011
After many years of planning and coordination, Africa can now move another step closer to its long-conceived goal of a united African Economic Community.

Women to have equal rights and opportunities with men   SANF 11 No 14, June 2011
Women in southern Africa will soon move a step closer to having equal rights and opportunities with men when a regional gender protocol is ratified in the coming weeks.

SADC: Striving for food security   SANF 11 No 13, June 2011
The success story of southern Africa’s turnaround from being a food deficit region to one producing surplus grain underscores the point that agricultural policies are key to boosting production and improving food security in the region.

Green economy critical for sustainable development   SANF 11 No 12, May 2011
he adverse effects of climate change on environmental sustainability and human wellbeing is forcing most countries to move away from the "brown’’ or traditional economy to the "green’’ economy -- a viable option for sustainable development.

Seychelles gears up for presidential elections   SANF 11 No 11, May 2011
Seychelles will hold presidential elections next week in which incumbent President James Michel will face the challenge of four other aspirants.

Lesotho concludes political dialogue, now ready for elections   SANF 11 No 10, May 2011
The conclusion of an agreement by political parties in Lesotho after lengthy negotiations paves the way for the peaceful holding of elections scheduled for 2012.

Stable food security forecast for SADC  SANF 11 No 9, March 2011
The overall food security situation in southern Africa is set to remain stable this year as most SADC countries are expecting good harvests in the 2010/2011 agricultural season.

SADC economies to grow in 2011  SANF 11 No 8, March 2011
Southern Africa continues to make a steady recovery from the global financial crisis that affected most of the world since 2008.

SADC Infrastructure Master Plan to guide regional development  SANF 11 No 7, March 2011
The long-awaited launch of the SADC Regional Infrastructure Master Plan later this year is expected to guide development in key infrastructure such as road, rail and ports.

Tracking the
Dar es Salaam Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security
 SANF 11 No 6, March 2011
Seven years ago, SADC leaders met at an extra-ordinary summit in Dar es Salaam, in the United Republic of Tanzania, to adopt a strategy to advance the development of agriculture and food security in the region.

Full election calendar for SADC in 2011  SANF 11 No 5, February 2011
The SADC region is expecting a full election calendar in 2011, with at least six polls scheduled to take place during the year.

South Africa to champion continent’s relations with emerging markets  SANF 11 No 4, February 2011
he recent invitation to South Africa to join the BRIC group of emerging economies comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China will strengthen South Africa’s trade position in the world, and offer opportunities for Africa to strengthen ties with the group.

2011: Strengthening regional integration   SANF 11 No 3, January 2011
The year 2011 will move southern Africa another step closer to becoming a regional community, as one of the building blocks of a united Africa with its African Economic Community.

Cancun Agreement: A small step forward   SANF 11 No 2, January 2011
Southern Africa will host a global climate conference this year that is expected to produce an international agreement to address climate change.
Talks will continue throughout the year with the objective of finalizing a global accord at the 17th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) to be held in Durban, South Africa in November.

China, Africa relations poised for growth  SANF 11 No 1, January 2011
The head of an influential Chinese think tank has said that China and Africa should continue working together to reform and reconstruct world affairs, which are usually biased towards a few selected countries at the expense of the majority.

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