FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT, CALL FOR PAPERS & REGISTRATION
"SYNERGISING AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICES TOWARDS
THE COMMERCIALISATION OF SMALLHOLDER PRODUCERS"
Hotel East London ICC, Marine Park Complex, 22
Beachfront, East London, Eastern Cape.
5 – 7 JUNE 2018
Programme of Conference 2018
Announcement and First Call for papers SASAE
SASAE Conference Registration 2018
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The Board of SASAE will be holding the 2018 Annual
Conference in the Eastern Cape, June 5 - 7, 2018.
The theme of the conference is: "Synergising
agricultural extension services towards the
commercialisation of smallholder producers"
South Africa like most of the Developing countries
is currently faced with challenges such as poverty,
unemployment and inequality. The small holder
producers are the key to unlock the agricultural
potential for many developing countries, therefore
reducing poverty, unemployment and inequality. What
role will extension play in developing small holder
producers and what are our inputs in building a
better extension and advisory service not only in
South Africa but globally?
To facilitate this process, contributions relating
to any of the following sub-themes are invited:
Partners of agricultural extension in developing the
farming communities towards commercialization.
Identify these potential partners for extension
which have similar vision of developing the
communities and farmers.
Who are these partners that work closely with
extension in the villages?
Identify them and choose those that are relevant
(such as NGOs, NDA, service departments like DTI,
Department of Land reform and Rural development,
DAFF, etc., Parastatals, NAMC, IDC, and Farmer
organizations NTAU, NAFU, AGRI- SA, and
confederations, like Southern Africa Confederation
of Agricultural Unions (SACAU).
Paradigm shift for farmer development taking farmers
to commercial path.
• What are these paradigms that have potential of
doubling the impact to economic growth through small
• What are the critical interventions in developing
• What are some of the tested case studies that we
can draw lessons from.
• What are the strategic interventions which is
critical in bringing dynamic inputs.?
Commercialization of small holder farmers a reality
of a myth?
Is this possible, realistic, or a mere dream to
implement commercial initiatives when looking at
South Africa in particular or Africa in general
because food security is still a challenge?
Who is willing to fund the basics of
commercialization in the initial steps prior
building sustainable approaches?
Applying principles of commercial business in
CALL FOR PAPER AND POSTER SUBMISSIONS
Individuals and organisations/institutions are
hereby invited to prepare proposals of papers or
Topics related to the central theme of the
conference or any of the above related sub-themes.
Any other extension related proposals or submissions
that are not directly related to the conference
theme, but are of potential interest and value to
Research and philosophically based papers, as well
as papers based on practical experience, will be
considered. However, proposals related to the
central conference theme will receive preference.
All proposals will be peer reviewed and for this
purpose the following is required: (If your proposal
does not comply to this, it will not be accepted).
A summary of a minimum of 200 words, with clear
reference to (a) Introduction (b) Purpose of the
paper (c) Methods or data sources, (or reasoning
used in theoretical/philosophical papers) (d)
Results, (e) Conclusions and extension implications.
Separate title page with name(s) of author(s) and
full contact information. E-mail address is
Submission by e-mail in Microsoft Word to the e-mail
An indication whether the proposal is intended as a
paper or as a poster presentation.
PROPOSALS ARE DUE NOT LATER
THAN DECEMBER 15, 2017 and should be sent to,
E-mail: of Dr. J A van Niekerk -
or Fax: 086 541 2166.
Presenters will be required to register for the
conference and to pay the conference registration
fee. If the Registration Fee is not paid, the paper
will not be published in the proceedings.
The due date for completed papers and posters are 21
March 2018. If we do not receive your final paper by
then, you will not be allowed to present at the
conference. The paper must be in MS Word format for
publication in the proceedings. MS PowerPoint
presentation will not be accepted for publication.
You may use MS PowerPoint for your presentation at
the Conference. Posters can be in MS PowerPoint or
MS Word or another appropriate poster format.
The venue for the Conference will be: Premier Hotel
East London ICC, Marine Park Complex, 22 Esplanade,
Beachfront, East London, Eastern Cape. GPS
Coordinates: 33°01’06.13” S 27°55’07.36”
Accommodation for the conference period must be
arranged by each delegate themselves at Premier
Hotel East London ICC. They have from budget rooms
to 3 and 4 Star Hotel rooms available. Details will
be on the SASAE Website. There is a block booking of
all the accommodation at Premier Hotel east London
ICC until 1 May 2018.
for accommodation during the 2018 SASAE Conference
at ICC, East London: Mrs. Cindy Hunter, Phone: 043
709 5204; Fax: 086 407 4976; email:
. They can cater any accommodation need.
The registration at the conference will start on the
afternoon of 4 June 2018 and the Conference will
start on 5 June 2018 at 09:00. It will end with the
Gala Dinner on 7 June 2018 and everybody will depart
the morning of 8 June.
The Conference Registration Fee is as follows:
Registration - not later than 27 April 2018
Registration before 18 May 2018
registration after 18 May 2018
Visit – per Day (if you attend only one day)
conference registration fee covers: Conference
proceedings, full conference facilities, all meals
(excluding breakfast), teas and coffees with
pastries or biscuits, an informal braai (barbecue)
and a formal dinner.
For registration, use the enclosed form but please
do not mail your payment to us. Deposit your payment
into the SASAE Account No.: 540 810 257, ABSA Bank,
Branch Code: 335 545 (Hatfield, Pretoria), EFT
Branch Code; 632 005, Swift Code for International
Members: ABSA JJ ZA and fax or email a copy of your
deposit slip, with clearly indicated reference
information (Initials and Surname), to the
Conference Secretary at Fax 086 541 2166 Email:
to secure your registration.
You are only registered when we have received your
registration form and proof of payment.
Deadline for abstracts: 15 December, 2017
Submission of papers, posters (electronically by
firstname.lastname@example.org 21 March 2018
Notice of acceptance: 8 January, 2018
Early Registration: on or before 27 April 2018
ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO:
The SASAE Secretary (Ben Stevens) Tel. 014 5332172;
Cell: 082 331 8399; Fax: 086 5412166; Email:
Ms. Mantombi Mbongo, Cell: 079 227 9938; Email:
Dr. J A van Niekerk, Cell: 083 231 7380; Email: