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FANRPAN Hosts Annual Node Common Visioning Workshop for 2012
27 February 2012 - 2 March 2012


FANRPAN hosted its annual Node Coordinators Common Visioning workshop on 27 February – 02 March 2012 at the White Sands Hotel and Conference Centre in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The purpose of the workshop was to review the performance of the Network in 2011, share a common vision on the work programme for 2012, and deepen the understanding of FANRPAN among the nodes. The workshop was attended by 42 participants, represented by all 16 FANRPAN Node Coordinators, Regional Secretariat staff and special guests.

Some of the issues dealt with included: The CEO’s reflections on 2011 and the vision for 2012; updates on FANRPAN Projects; and training for Node Coordinators on the Partner Institutional Viability Assessment (PIVA) tool that FANRPAN uses to assess the viability and institutional capacity of its node hosting institutions. The purpose of the training was to equip the Node Coordinators with the skills to administer PIVA as a self-assessment tool in their respective organisations. During 2012, PIVA assessments are planned for the FANRPAN node hosting institutions in Angola, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The workshop participants paid a courtesy call to the FANRPAN Node Hosting Institution in Tanzania, the Economic and Scientific Research Foundation (ESRF), where they met and interacted with the staff. The participants had a chance to meet Professor Haidari Amani, a former Chairman of the FANRPAN Board of Governors. Professor Armani was delighted to note that the FANRPAN member states had doubled from the original eight, and that Tanzania will be hosting the 2012 Annual Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue in September 2012.

Hosting the Common Visioning workshop in Tanzania provided an opportunity for the FANRPAN Node Coordinators and Regional Secretariat to get familiar with the nuances of the host country for the Regional Dialogue. ESRF took the first step by hosting a gala dinner that gave workshop participants a taste of Tanzanian hospitality, culture and cuisine.

Madagascar Node Coordinator showing off her dance moves at the Tanzania Cultural Evening
Madagascar Node Coordinator showing off her dance moves at the Tanzania Cultural Evening
Participants of FANRPAN Annual Node Common Visioning Workshop
Participants of FANRPAN Annual Node Common Visioning Workshop
Swaziland Node Coordinator dancing at the FANRPAN Dinner
Swaziland Node Coordinator dancing at the FANRPAN Dinner
Workshop participants during the ESRF visit
Workshop participants during the ESRF visit
Workshop participants during the PIVA training session
Workshop participants during the PIVA training session
Workshop participants in session
Workshop participants in session
Workshop participants exploring the Tanzania Culture
Workshop participants exploring the Tanzania Culture

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