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FANRPAN Hosts 5th Partners Meeting
3 June 2013


The FANRPAN Regional Secretariat hosted the 5th FANRPAN Partners Meeting on 30th May 2013 at the St. Georges Hotel, Pretoria. Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda facilitating the meeting said FANRPAN is a network of networks that seeks to collate evidence to inform food security development in Africa. She indicated to the participants that platforms such as the partners’ meeting are there to synchronise role players’ and partners’ calendars that work in food security in Africa to avoid duplications.

Officially opening the meeting, Mme Lynette Chen, FANRPAN Board Member and CEO of the NEPAD Business Foundation congratulated the African Union on its 50th anniversary and indicated that FANRPAN embraces the 2013 theme of Pan Africanism and African Renaissance.

She spoke about FANRPAN’s vision for 2013, which is ‘leadership development and innovation’. FANRPAN has since 2012 committed to host the partners meeting in May, in celebration of Africa Day.

The second session of the partners meeting, facilitated by Dr. Amy Sullivan unpacked the FANRPAN approach, which is made up of Capacity Development and Partnerships, Policy Research and Policy Advocacy. Mr. Ian Mashingaidze took the meeting through FANRPAN approach to Capacity Development and Partnerships breaking down the types of partnerships the organisation has and the institutions that host FANRPAN nodes in the member countries. Dr. Sepo Hachigonta unpacked the Policy Research approach with examples from the FANRPAN Climate Change Programme and Mrs Sithembile Mwamakamba concentrated on the policy advocacy component unpacking the different platforms used by the organisation for advocacy.

Ms Sharon Alfred and Dr Bellah Mpofu also came in to give examples on partnerships based on the different projects they are managing within the organisation. Ms Aliness Mumba explained to the meeting FANRPAN’s involvement in Youth and Agriculture (youth webpage). The session wrapped up with Mrs Mwamakamba taking the meeting through FANRPAN’s work on women in agriculture and what has been achieved so far (see Women webpage; AgriDeal here). The FANRPAN team further introduced development partners represented at the meeting.

The afternoon session was dedicated to partners presenting their organisations and the work they do. They further identified areas for collaboration, not only with FANRPAN but with other partners met through the networking during the session (see partners’ presentations attached).








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