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HaSSP Hosts Mid-Term Review Validation and Dissemination Workshop
8 May 2012 - 9 May 2012


The HaSSP Mid-Term Review launched for national consultations in Zimbabwe, March 2012 culminated in the HaSSP Mid-Term Review Findings, Validation and Dissemination workshop held at the Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg 8 - 9 May 2012.

The workshop, attended by a dynamic team of famers; researchers; government officials; policy makers; seed elders; NGOs; Development partners and FANRPAN Regional Secretariat staff, all with interest in the seed sector showcased the richness of the FANRPAN network.

The purpose of the workshop was to allow HaSSP stakeholders to get a better understanding of what came out of the review exercise conducted in all four pilot countries. HaSSP focal country teams - Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe - got an opportunity to interact with their respective consultants on the findings of the review exercise in order to validate and create ownership of the reports. The next step was for country teams to present their reports in plenary after which the floor was opened for discussion. This further enriched the reports as the different countries have different experiences, therefore they could learn from one another.

HaSSP has five objectives; participants went into working groups where each group concentrated on one of the objectives and thrashing out what needs to be done. The groups then presented to plenary for feedback. The Mid-Term Review exercise also presented an opportunity for countries to redesign their country logframes, taking from what has worked and what did not work in the last two years of implementing the project. The workshop noted that all four countries had made little progress, towards aligning their seed protocols with the SADC Seed Protocols and that all countries were doing well in the Community Seed Production Business.

The presence of policy makers at this workshop gave countries an opportunity to engage them on the lagging aspects of the projects, as some reports cited the lack of cooperation from policy makers. The seed elders also got to understand their role in HaSSP as some were policy makers at some point.

The workshop was also attended by delegates from Mozambique and Tanzania. The two countries will be taking up the HaSSP project. This workshop became their first encounter with the project, presenting an opportunity for the two countries to learn from what the other countries have done in the past two years. The two teams also presented on what aspects of the project they would like to take up given that they are coming on board in the last two years of the project.

Farmers
Farmers
Government Officials
Government Officials
HaSSP MTR Workshop Participants
HaSSP MTR Workshop Participants
NGOs
NGOs
Policy Makers
Policy Makers
Private Sector
Private Sector
Researchers
Researchers
Seed Elders with FANRPAN CEO and Mr. Francois Droz, SDC
Seed Elders with FANRPAN CEO and Mr. Francois Droz, SDC
The Malawi Team
The Malawi Team
The Mozambique Team
The Mozambique Team
The Swaziland Team
The Swaziland Team
The Tanzania Team
The Tanzania Team
Researchers
The Zambian Team

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