The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a Regional Economic Community comprising 15 Member States; Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Established in 1992, SADC is committed to Regional Integration and poverty eradication within Southern Africa through economic development and ensuring peace and security.
SADC Livestock Technical Committee (LTC)
Livestock policies and strategies are formulated by the SADC Livestock Technical Committee (LTC), members of which are the Directors of Member States' National Livestock and Veterinary Services. This technical committee meets annually to discuss issues of regional cooperation and integration in the livestock sector, and reports to the Committee of Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security and/or the SADC Council of Ministers.
SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC)
Recognition of the importance of conserving plant genetic resources in Southern Africa led to the establishment of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Plant Genetic Resource Center in 1989. The Plant Genetic Resource Centre is a non-profit, autonomous regional organisation, located in Lusaka, Zambia. The Plant Genetic Resource Centre, which falls under the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate, works in coordination with plant genetics centres in each of the Member States to conserve and preserve the genetic diversity and viability of Southern African plant stocks. The Plant Genetic Resource Centre, and national counterparts, also perform important roles in research, documentation and training, and education.
SADC Seed Centre
The SADC Seed Centre maintains a seed variety catalog which is open to the public. The catalog contains seed varieties which have been approved by the SADC Seed Committee for regional release among the participating SADC Member States.