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A food secure Africa free from hunger and poverty.

To promote effective Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) policies by:
  1. Facilitating linkages and partnerships between government and civil society,
  2. Building the capacity for policy analysis and policy dialogue in Africa, and supporting demand-driven policy research and analysis.

The origins of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) date back to 1994, when the Ministers of Agriculture from Eastern and Southern Africa saw the need for an independent policy input to address chronic food insecurity and the challenges of managing natural resources. In 1997, the Deans of the Faculties of Agriculture from eight countries in the SADC met and agreed to set up FANRPAN in response to the decision of the ministers. Following the drafting of a constitution with support from USAID funding, FANRPAN was officially registered as a private voluntary organization (PVO) in Zimbabwe in 2003. FANRPAN has maintained its registration in Zimbabwe, although it has since moved its regional secretariat office to Pretoria, South Africa where it operates as a fully-fledged international office with diplomatic status. The broad objectives of FANRPAN are to:

  • Promote the development of appropriate agricultural policies in order to reduce poverty,
  • Enhance food security in Africa, and
  • Promote sustainable agricultural development in Africa.

Since 2005, FANRPAN has pioneered regional learning and knowledge acquisition in agricultural and food security policy analysis and advocacy, initially in Southern and Eastern Africa, and latterly extending its contribution and reach to continental and global levels. Through strong collaborative and experiential learning with its constituent stakeholders at national and regional levels, FANRPAN has progressively developed its food and agricultural policy engagement and action cycle which is the cornerstone of its distinctive approach to innovation and learning for policy and capacity development at regional and national levels.

FANRPAN’s Comparative Advantage

FANRPAN’s comparative advantage is based on its distinctive experience over the past 10 years in SSA and the insights and capabilities developed in policy analysis, dialogue processes and advocacy underpinned by:

  • Legitimacy and convening power
  • Having government as a member in the nodes and as a convener of national policy dialogues
  • Advocacy platforms at national, regional and global levels
  • Full policy engagement cycle of:
    1. Message/evidence generation
    2. Equipping the messengers
    3. Engagement platforms
  • Links between local and global actors
  • The capability to capture the voice of the people on whom policy has its ultimate impacts
  • Training of journalists for responsive and appropriate media reporting
  • Developing proficiency of policy advocates

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