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1 Overview of FANRPAN By Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

2 Highlights 1.Background –SADC –FANRPAN Establishment & Objectives 2.Mission 3.Operational Structure –Institutional Framework –Organisational Structure –Research Process 4.Current Work –Current Studies/Programs –Projects’ Timeframe 5.Key Strategies for Capacity Strengthening

3 FANRPAN Background

4 SADC Background SADC region (200 million people) face food insecurity challenges. Agriculture is the prime driver of economic development across SADC. Agricultural investments by governments have remained low.

5 SADC Background (ctd) Agricultural yields for crops and livestock have been level or declining. Food aid and imports have almost doubled in the last 10 years. HIV/AIDS pandemic, natural disasters (droughts, floods) and civil conflicts have compromised SADC’s efforts to ensure food security.

6 Establishment & Objectives Against this background, SADC Ministers of Agriculture recommended the formation of FANRPAN in 1994 to: –Promote appropriate agricultural policies in order to reduce poverty –Increase food security and promote sustainable agricultural development

7 Establishment & Objectives FANRPAN was formed YEAR 2001 to: –Promote appropriate agricultural policies in order to reduce poverty –Increase food security and promote sustainable agricultural development –Focus on promoting regional trade and exchange of information across member states –Provide a conducive policy and legal framework, including functional input supply and markets for surplus products

8 Mission

9 FANRPAN Mission coordinateinfluencefacilitate national regionalglobalTo coordinate, influence and facilitate policy research, analysis and dialogue at the national, regional and global levels in order to develop the food, agriculture and natural resources sector. networking capacity buildinginformationgenerationThe Mission is achieved through networking, capacity building and information generation for the benefit of the SADC region

10 Operational Structure

11 Institutional Framework An autonomous stakeholder-driven policy research analysis and implementation network Regional secretariat based in Harare, Zimbabwe Strategically positioned to deal with policy aspects of food security Represented in 11 of the 13 SADC countries through an inter-sectoral platform designated as a country node

12 Institutional Framework

13 FANRPAN Structure

14 FANRPAN Research Process Country Issues Debated at Country Level Regional Synthesis Cross-cutting Issues Coordination of Regional Research Dissemination of Outputs At Country & Regional Levels Advocacy Through SADC Ministers

15 Current Work

16 Current Studies/Programs

17 Impact of HIV & AIDS on Agriculture & Food Security This is part of a five-year EU funded project The 2 year study Aim: determining the impact of HIV & AIDS on food security and recommend mitigation and coping strategies for adoption by Ministries of Agriculture in the region

18 Rural Livelihoods Project in Southern Africa FANRPAN implemented the policy module of the IITA’s “Improving Rural Livelihoods In Southern Africa Project” Funded by USAID RCSA Objective: Recommendations on designing policies for unlocking constraints to rural economy diversification The project ended in October 2004

19 Profiling of SADC Farmer Based Organisations Objectives 1.Strengthen the capacity of FOs in policy analysis and advocacy 2.Develop a database of FOs (Commodity Associations, Farmer Unions & Cooperatives) 3.Develop communication strategy for SACAU FANRPAN collaborates with the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)

20 Biotechnology Policy Issues For Food Security FANRPAN reviewed policies on agricultural biotechnology in 11 SADC countries & produced a regional synthesis paper This study is part of a wider debate on the role of biotechnology in agriculture, the subject of genetically modified food and biosafety

21 Maize Marketing Study This is a 2 year study undertaken in collaboration with Michigan State University Objectives: 1.Improve functioning of grain markets for small scale households 2.Regionally coordinated strategies for promotion of regional trade 3.Capacity building through mentored support of FANRPAN network economists by MSU

22 Contract Farming Objectives: 1.Exploit the potential of contract farming as an institution that can assist to commercialise small scale farmers 2.Develop policies & acton plans that can be used to expand the use of contract farming in SADC Definition: arrangements linking small-sale farmers to some type of market as a way of supporting them to become successful independent commercial farmers

23 CTA Communication & Networking Centre for Technical Cooperation (CTA) Support is for publications, policy dialogue and networking 2005 annual regional policy dialogue: a showcase of FANRPAN research outputs, 4 to 8 October, Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg

24 Agricultural Policy Harmonisation Project Funded by USAID Objectives: 1.To build a strong network that is better able to respond to the policy analysis and research needs of SADC 2.To strengthen the capacity of country level policy nodes to conduct policy dialogue sessions

25 Scope of FANRPAN Capacity Strengthening Project

26 Governance Full board 3 Board meetings each year

27 Regional Secretariat Relocate to Pretoria Appoint: –Program Officer –Program Assistant Establish: –Monitoring & Evaluation System –Information & Knowledge Management System

28 National Nodes Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola Appoint country program assistants Revitalise membership Sign MOUs with host institutions Coordinate FANR policy research & dialogues Compile membership directories Strengthen research partnerships: IFPRI, IITA, MSU, ISU, ICRISAT, CTA

29 Harmonisation of Regional Policies Agricultural inputs regional policy harmonisation in: –Seed trade –Fertilizer trade –HIV & AIDS policies

30 Angola Country Node Set up new node Appoint Program Assistant Develop policy research programme

31 Sustainability Plan Come up with –HR Plan –Financial Systems Annual audits


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