Southern African Center for Cooperation in Agriculrural and Natural Resources Research and Training

SACCAR was established in 1984 by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to coordinate agricultural and natural resources research, and training activities and to promote cooperation between member states in these fields. SACCAR is a commission of SADC.


  • promotion and dissemination of available and appropriate agricultural and natural resources technologies among and between SADC countries
  • coordination, dialogue and implementation of studies on agricultural and natural resources research policies, priorities and constraints common to all member states, and initiation of cooperative research projects to overcome them

  • coordination of regional research in agriculture and natural resource utilisation and conservation, and establishment of mechanisms for integrated research in all FANR disciplines;

  • generation of new technologies needed by farmers to raise production and productivity, through regional collaborative projects and close liaison with national programmes
  • strengthening the capabilities of national agricultural research systems (NARS)
  • promotion of rapid and continuous provision, interchange and utilisation of scientific and technical information, in agriculture and natural resources
  • provision of such regional support services and functions as may be necessary to assist and inform national and regional agricultural and natural resources research institutions
  • promotion of professional training in the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) sectors

  • Copyright Chris Lungu, SACCAR, Private Bag 00108, Gaborone, Botswana email address: