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FANRPAN attends Briefing on Financing Agriculture in Southern Africa
Lilongwe, Malawi
25 October 2010 - 26 October 2010


In order to improve information sharing and promote networking, CTA, the European Commission (DG Development and DG EuropeAid), the ACP Secretariat and the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific Ambassadors in Brussels, Concord in collaboration with SACAU, COMESA and SADC organise regional Briefings on key issues and challenges for regional rural development in the context of EU/ACP cooperation.

FANRPAN represented by Ms Sithembile Ndema, WARM Project Manager attended the Briefing on Financing Agriculture in Southern Africa which was held from 25 - 26 October 2010 in Lilongwe Malawi. The Briefing aimed at raising awareness about existing and emerging key challenges on financing agriculture in Southern Africa; promoting exchange of information and experiences from other regions; and ultimately at contributing to shape the debate and policies on financing mechanisms.

Among the participants were ACP-EU policy makers, representatives of governments, farmersí organisations, private sector, civil society groups, research networks and development practitioners, international organisations from the region and other parts of Africa.

A session on Key challenges for financing the agricultural sector in Southern Africa provided contextual background within which agriculture financing takes place in the region, highlighting those issues and matters that have a critical bearing on financing the sector. It also discussed the major assistance mechanisms at global and EU level in support of the agricultural sector in Southern Africa. It reviewed as well the commitments from governments in the region. This was then followed by a panel discussion on Public and Development financing in the region. The panel explored the current public and development support to agriculture in the region and strategic priorities. The Briefing wrapped up by underlining the coming challenges and proposed actions for the mains areas discussed by sharing the views from the private sector, the donorís community and the financing bodies.

For more information on the briefings visit http://www.acpbriefings.net/about-the-briefings/

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