Theo de Jager
Theo de Jager has been a farmer of subtropical fruit and timber in Limpopo, South Africa since 1997. For the past 10 years, he has been the chairperson of his local farmers’ association. He has also served as a member of the executive committee of the Letaba District Agriculture Union for the past seven years, and was elected president of Agri Limpopo in mid-2000. He still serves on the executive council of his provincial union, and chairs the committee on land reform and farmer development.
De Jager founded the Transformation Committee of Agri SA, and served as its chairperson from 2006 until 2015. He also served as chairperson of Agri SA’s Africa Committee from 2009 until 2013, and as chairperson of Agri SA’s General Affairs Chamber from 2008 until 2015. He was also elected vice-president of Agri SA in 2008, and served in this capacity until 2015.
He is also the founder and chairperson of the board of Agri-All-Africa, a solutions-based agricultural agency for farming investors in Africa, which represents more than 3 000 South African and Zimbabwean commercial farmers across 42 African countries.
He is currently the president of the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and of the Pan African Farmers’ Organization (PAFO), based in Addis Ababa. He also chairs the CAADP Non-State Actors’ Coalition of the African Union and NEPAD, and initiated the programme on the Preservation, Protection and Promotion of Indigenous African Livestock Breeds.
In November 2016, he received the Agricultural Journalists Guild’s Award for Agriculturalist of the Year in recognition of his work in the modernisation, mechanisation and commercialisation of agriculture in Africa.