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Kenya and Uganda to join the FANRPAN Network
20 September 2011


Participants at the Kenya stakeholders' dialogue held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi
Participants at the Kenya stakeholders' dialogue held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi

Participants at the Uganda stakeholders' dialogue held at the Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala
Participants at the Uganda stakeholders' dialogue held at the Imperial Royale Hotel, Kampala


Stakeholders in the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) sector in Kenya and Uganda have resolved that their respective countries join the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). Their application for membership of the Network will be submitted to the FANRPAN Annual General Meeting that will be held on 20 September 2011 in Mbabane, Swaziland. This will bring the number of member states that comprise FANRPAN to 16.

The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) was nominated as the interim node hosting institution for FANRPAN in Kenya, whilst the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University was nominated as the FANRPAN node hosting institution for Uganda.

The stakeholders met for national dialogues that sought to develop a common understanding of how to climate proof agriculture research in the two countries, and to identify major players in this regard. The meetings were held on 14 September (Kenya) and 15 September (Uganda). FANR stakeholder groups represented in the meetings include government, farmers’ organisations, universities and research institutes, civil society and the media. FANRPAN was represented in the two meetings by Mr. Ian Mashingaidze (Programme Manager: Social Protection and Livelihoods).

FANRPAN, in collaboration with KIPPRA and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University, commissioned the establishment of databases of stakeholders in policy research and advocacy in the FANR sector in the two countries from private, public, civil society sectors. The initiative, which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, seeks to strengthen the capacity of agriculture research centres to mainstream climate change into their programmes, to ensure that climate variability does not undermine agriculture development in Africa, and to bridge the divide between climate science and agriculture science.

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