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1 Advocating For A Holistic Youth Agriculture Policy Framework In Southern Africa National Youth Policy Dialogue, 26 April 2013 Zimbabwe Sithembile Mwamakamba, Project Manager

2 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) 1.Background on FANRPAN – The Network – The Programmes – Policy Cycle 2.Overview of youth engagement in agriculture in Southern Africa 3.Background on FANRPAN’s work on engaging youth in agriculture policies 4.Why we are here today Presentation Outline

3 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) FANRPAN Origins Call by Ministers in 1994 Created in 1997, and registered in 2002 Stakeholder categories: - Farmers, Government, Researchers, Private sector, Media, Development Partners, Youth Members/National nodes in 16 African countries: - Angola, Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

4 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) FANRPAN Vision A food secure southern Africa free from hunger and poverty Mission To promote effective Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) policies by –facilitating linkages and partnerships between government and civil society, –building the capacity for policy analysis and policy dialogue in southern Africa, and –supporting demand-driven policy research and analysis

5 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) FANRPAN Regional Secretariat Malawi Namibia Mozambique Tanzania Mauritius South Africa Swaziland Lesotho Angola Botswana Zimbabwe Zambia Government Researchers CSOs Madagascar Farmers Private Sector Commercial Farmers Small-scale farmers associations Commodity Associations FANRPAN Structure: Network of Networks Uganda DRC Kenya

6 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) FANRPAN Strategic Framework Capacity Building Policy Research Voice Conducive Environment POLICY ANALYSIS & ADVOCACY Agricultural Policy Burning Policy Issues

7 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) FANRPAN’s Thematic Thrusts Social Protection & Livelihoods Food Systems Agricultural Productivity – Markets Natural Resources and Environment

8 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Unpacking the FANRPAN Policy Engagement Cycle

9 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) FANRPAN Policy Engagement Cycle (cont’d)

10 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Youth and Agriculture in Southern Africa Africa is the world’s youngest continent, In 2010, 70 % of the region’s population was under the age of 30, In 2010, 20 % of the population were young people between the ages of 15 to 24. The large majority of the youth lives in rural areas and mostly employed in agriculture, accounting for 65% of total employment.

11 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) NEPAD Youth Desk – Launched in 2005 by New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to give youth a platform for dialogue and enable them to contribute to policy debates. The African Youth Charter – Adopted July 2006 at the 7th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of States and Government – Lays the pedestal for national programmes and strategic plans for Youth empowerment Youth Decade Plan of Action ( ) – Declared by the African Union Assembly in January, 2009, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. – Framework for multi-sectoral and multidimensional engagement of all stakeholders towards the achievement of the goals and objectives of the African Youth Charter. Regional Efforts in Creating Youth Policies

12 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Status of the African Youth Charter

13 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Youth Charter and Agriculture Article 14: Poverty Eradication and Socio-economic Integration of Youth Train young people to take up agricultural, mineral, commercial and industrial production using contemporary systems and promote the benefits of modern information and communication technology to gain access to existing and new markets; Facilitate access to credit to promote youth participation in agricultural and other sustainable livelihood projects

14 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Article 12: National Youth Policy State Parties shall obliged to develop a comprehensive and coherent national youth policy as follows: – The policy shall be cross-sectoral in nature considering the interrelatedness of the challenges facing young people; – The development of a national youth policy shall be informed by extensive consultation with young people and cater for their active participation in decision-making at all levels of governance in issues concerning youth and society as a whole; – The policy shall advocate equal opportunities for young men and for young women;

15 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) FANRPAN’s Youth In Agriculture Work September 2011 – FANRPAN convenes a Regional High Level Multi-stakeholder Food Security Policy Dialogue on “ Advocating for the Active Engagement of the Youth in the Agricultural Value Chain ”

16 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Background November 2011 FANRPAN commissioned case studies in Malawi, Mauritius, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zimbabwe to assess current and emerging youth policies and initiatives with a special focus on links to agriculture. Evodius Rutta Executive Director TAYEN Tanzania Calvin Kamchacha Executive Director FAFOTRAJ Malawi Mduduzi Dlamini President Swazi Youth in AgriBusiness Swaziland Nawsheen Hosenally Agriculture Graduate Mauritius Obert Mathivha Executive Director CAYC South Africa Tavaka Nyoni Consultant ORAP Zimbabwe

17 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Study Objectives Establish baseline data on youth policies and initiatives currently in place in the case study countries. Identify gaps and opportunities for developing national youth and agriculture policies within agricultural sector and make appropriate policy decisions. Investigate the current participation level and coverage of rural and urban youth in agriculture and their perceptions towards the sector Investigate and assess how the key institutions as well as current tools, and mechanisms and policy instruments available have mainstreamed youth agenda Profile investment opportunities for youth engagement in the agricultural value chains

18 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Methodology COUNTRYDESK REVIEW KEY INFORMANT INTERVIEWS FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS ON LINE FORUM DISCUSSIONS SURVEYS MAURITIUS  SOUTH AFRICA  SWAZILAND  ZIMBABWE  MALAWI  TANZANIA 

19 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) 2012 FANRPAN High Level Food Security Policy Dialogue, Tanzania 253 delegates 23 countries Presentation of six country case study findings to a regional audience Launch of the Youth in Agriculture Award The theme was “From Policy to Practice: Advocating for the Active Engagement of Youth in Agriculture Value Chains”. H.E. Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the Republic of Tanzania

20 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) September 2012: USAID support in disseminating case study findings at national level Four national dialogues (South Africa, Swaziland, Mauritius, Malawi) have been conducted to date Expansion of project to: – Angola, – Lesotho, – Mozambique and – Zambia Disseminating the Findings

21 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Nothing for the Youth Without the Youth

22 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Thank You


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