Southern African Development Community (SADC)

 There are nine NEPAD programmes being implemented in SADC.

Current Programmes:

  1. Agriculture Technical Vocational Education and Training (ATVET)

  • SADC was sensitised on the implementation of Agricultural Education and Skills Improvement Framework (AESIF). The SADC and EAC workshop was attended by seven countries at Kigali on 6-8 Sept 2015.


NEPAD Climate Change Fund

•    The NEPAD Agency supported SADC and its Member Countries South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Namibia, and Botswana in the areas of policy, training, capacity development, awareness creation, research, and knowledge management. 

•    577 extension officers and farmers were trained in the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Free State Provinces of South Africa on the application of weather forecast, climate prediction and science-based knowledge to assist them in proper planning and improved on-farm decision making. In addition, 700 traditional council members in Kwa-Zulu Natal were capacitated on issues of climate change and committed themselves to minimizing practices which contribute to climate change in their communities. Six adaptive measures to climate change have been identified and disseminated to small holder farmers in South Africa. 
•    In Swaziland, 1319 small holder farmers were trained on the use of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) technologies. 
•    A national strategy to mainstream CSA into Zambia’s National Agriculture Investment Plan (NAIP) was developed.

Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio)

  • •    Research, Development & Innovation: Mushroom capsules have been developed as food supplements in Namibia at the Mushroom Node, hosted by the Zero Emission Research and initiatives at the University of Namibia. 
    •    More than 500 farmers have been trained through the SANBio Mushroom Node in Swaziland, Malawi and Namibia on quality control in production of mushrooms, and technoparks have been established to support the communities.
    •    Capacity Building; Improving Community Livelihoods through R, D & I in controlling vector-borne diseases project enrolled four MSc students; two at the University of Zambia and two at the University of Zimbabwe in the field of biosciences.
    •    Regional Projects Funded by SANBio: 8 projects with the involvement of 60 Scientists. Projects titles: 1. Scientific Validation of Traditional Medicines for Affordable Treatment of HIV and HIV opportunistic infections (CSIR, South Africa), 2. Microbicides for HIV Infections Control (CSIR, South Africa, 3. Technology Transfer on Mushroom Farming for Food Security and Health (University of Namibia, Namibia), 4. Fish Biodiversity of Inlands Rivers of Southern Africa (Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resource, Malawi, 5. Capacity Building Programme in Bioinformatics for the Southern Africa Region (University of Mauritius, Mauritius), 6. Capacity Building Programme on Integrating Indigenous Knowledge System in Biosciences in Southern Africa (North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa), 7. Improving Community Livelihoods through R, D & I in controlling vector borne diseases( National Institute of Scientific & Industrial Research/ University of Zambia, Zambia), 8. Enhancement of Capabilities of Gene Banking facilities in Southern Africa (SADC Plant Genetic Resource Centre, Zambia).
    •    The SANBio Hub, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and National Food Technology Research Centre also intend to work together towards providing training and capacity building support to communities in agro-processing, post-harvest technologies and development of processes and products. The two institutes will also be involved in the development and implementation of quality management systems which will promote technical proficiency.
    •    In collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the NSTF, the SANBio IKS node hosted an international conference on IKS at the Birchwood Hotel, Gauteng, from 17 to 20 April 2013. The theme of the conference was “The value of IK in the 21st century. Participants were not only from the SADC region but the whole Continent and the world at large. Eighteen (18) manuscripts were received from the participants and are being processed for publication. The IKS node participated in the research Niche area on Food Security and Safety in the North West province and implemented province-wide surveys on the production, utilisation and economic value of indigenous food crops for household food security. The node also undertook a survey of the indigenous plants used for food and medicine by communities in the North West province.
  • Africa Power Vision:
  • PIDA:

  • PICI:

  • Sustainable Energy 4 All (SE4ALL)

  • African Medicines Regulatory Harmonisation (AMRH)

  • A critical model law for regulation of medical products was endorsed by African Heads of State and Government at the January AU Summit 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The model law will accelerate the regulation of safe, quality and affordable medical products and technologies on the continent. Its objective is to ensure that medical products are of the required quality, safety and that they are properly manufactured, stored, distributed and dispensed. Better regulation will also ensure that health professionals and patients have the necessary information to enable them to use medicines rationally, as well as detect illegal manufacturing and trade of medicines. So far, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Swaziland, Democratic of Congo and Kenya have used the AU Model Law to review their existing laws.

  • Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio)

  • NEPAD Water Centres of Excellence

  • Capacity Development

  • RECs Capacity Development Focal Points 


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