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FANRPAN Participates in the Africa Leadership Training and Capacity Building Program
Scaling Up Food Security: Champions for Change Module 1 Training Program
4 April 2011 - 8 April 2011


Ms Sithembile Ndema, WARM project Manager represented FANRPAN at the Africa Leadership Training and Capacity Building Program (AFRICA LEAD) training workshop which took place in Pretoria from 4 - 8 April 2011.

AFRICA LEAD, which is short for the Africa Leadership Training and Capacity Building Program, is part of U.S. President Barack Obama's global hunger and food security initiative called Feed the Future and is being implemented in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. The initiative supports the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), which stipulates that governments set aside 10 percent of their national budgets for agriculture, and work to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty. To date, officials from 24 African countries have committed to CAADP.

Through this program, USAID is providing leadership training, capacity assessments, innovative short courses, internships and a database of training offered on the continent. AFRICA LEAD is open to mid-and senior-level professionals - about 40 percent of whom are women - who are committed to learning about and then providing leadership on CAADP principles and processes.

A total of 23 CAADP Champions for Change from Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa representing public and private sectors in agriculture, nutrition, biotechnology, research, finance, irrigation, grain handling, dairy, market cooperatives, exports, media, and farmers' associations attended the training workshop.

The workshop was officially opened by Madam Cecilia Kuphe, USAID Senior Regional Programme Manager and Jenny Baker, Africa Lead Deputy Chief of Party. The workshop was facilitated by Prof. Sherly Hendricks, Prof Andre Louw and Ms Susan Engelbrecht of the University of Pretoria.

For further information please contact AFRICA LEAD Southern Africa office in Pretoria:
Jenny Baker, DCOP, , +27 (0)78 813 9847

* AFRICA LEAD is a program funded by the United States Agency for International Development, (USAID)

Malawi Champions South Africa Champions
Zambia Champions Champions for Change

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