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FANRPAN addresses the Legislative Sector: South African Parliament
16 March 2011 - 18 March 2011


The 2011 Consultative Seminar which was held on 16 - 18 March focused on the theme "The Role of Legislatures in Achieving the Millenium Development Goals." FANRPAN formed a part of the discussion when the CEO, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, addressed Parliament on Wednesday 16 March 2011.

Dr Sibanda shared the platform with eminent politicians: Mr VM Sisulu (Speaker - National Assembly, Parliament of South Africa); Mr R van de Geer (Ambassador and Head of Delegation- European Union (EU), South Africa); Mr Trevor Manuel (Minister: Presidency: National Planning Commission); Ms B Dlamini (Minister: Social Development); Ms A Motshega (Minister: Basic Education);  Mr P Maloka (Chair of Chairs: Free State Provincial Legislature); Ms Edna Molewa (Minister of Water Affairs and the Environment); Dr A Sooklal (SA Ambassador to the EU), to name but a few.

The objectives of the seminar were:
  • To interrogate the role of Parliament and Legislatures in the achievement of national priorities and global commitments
  • To enhance engagement between the legislative sector, the Executive and civil society in achieving government commitments
  • To forge and enhance partnerships with relevant stakeholders and role players - between the South African legislative sector and the European Union, government and civil society in South Africa
The seminar forms part of the annual broad-based consultative meeting of the South African legislative sector and the European Union sector dialogue process. Its main purpose is to exchange ideas on cooperative and collaborative implementation of programmes of national parliaments and provincial legislatures as a strategy to advance parliamentary democracy.

The topic for Plenary One was "South Africa's Comprehensive Approach to the Eradication of Poverty and Hunger (support to rural communities to ensure rural development, food security and land reform)." This plenary was shared by Dr Sibanda and South Africa's Minister of Social Development, Ms B Dlamini.

The FANRPAN presentation focused on:
  • Hunger and food security - definitions and clarification
  • Agriculture as a solution to alleviate rural poverty
  • Mapping what needs to be done
  • Common vision: From local to global
  • Mobilizing institutions to fight poverty: Local, national, regional and global levels
  • An African perspective: face of rural poverty and cascaded to the face of the small-scale farmer
  • The Household Assets Vulnerability Assessment (HAVA), previously Househould Vulnerability Index (HVI): building livelihood databases; HAVA assessment; level of vulnerability
  • The confused policy environment - challenges
  • The research challenges
  • The key players in climate change and how to streamline processes and role-players
  • Potential solutions: food systems; agricultural productivity and markets; natural resources and the environment; social protection and livelihoods; institutional strengthening
  • Africa's rich oral culture - Theatre for policy advocacy - a powerful tool in the advocacy environment
  • Linking policy demand and supply
  • Multi-stakeholder policy dialogues- paving the way forward
  • Way forward: building blocks; Regional- knowledge dissemination platforms; global support to Africa's position.
  • COP 17 - No Agriculture - no deal!

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