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FANRPAN convenes a Regional Workshop to Synthesise National Reports from Six countries
27 August 2014 - 28 August 2014


The Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) in collaboration with (a) European Union and Food and Agriculture Organisation, (b) Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (ACP-EU) (CTA) and the (c) Swiss Development Cooperation-Global Programme on Food Security (SDC-GPFS) conducted a two day, "Consultation Workshop to develop Two Regional Synthesis Reports on (i) Managing Climatic Risks to Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling in Disaster Prone Areas and (ii) Evaluation Post-Harvest Management Policies in Sub Saharan Africa" from 27-28 August 2014. The aim of the workshop was bring together 10 National consultants and two synthesis consultants to develop a synthesis report based on the national policy scoping reports. The reports were focusing on Benin, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Dr Bellah Mpofu opened the meeting, welcomed participants and presented an overview of the following programmes;

  1. Post-Harvest Management is Sub Saharan Africa;
  2. Strengthening the Capacity of Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa to Engage in Post-Harvest Management Policy Making Processes and;
  3. Supporting Smallholder Farmers in Southern Africa to better manage Climate-related Risks to Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling.

In addition, the objectives of the synthesis workshop were presented as follows;

  • Share the draft scoping study report outputs with synthesis consultants.
  • Comparatively review and synthesise the findings from the national studies.
  • Identify common policy gaps from the countries.
  • Solicit regional recommendations.
  • Finalise policy briefs.
  • Develop a regional synthesis report for study countries.

The workshop was organized into two main sessions and these were: Day One Session and Day Two Session. Day One Session focused on comparatively reviewing national policies and institutional arrangements through plenary discussions and group work to identify common gaps and similarities from the national reports. Day Two Session focussed on developing the structure of the draft synthesis report and populating information on the structure. This was achieved through group work and plenary discussions. Both sessions enabled the National Consultants to engage with the Synthesis Consultants in order to refine recommendations and to identify those that needed to be rectified.

FANRPAN convenes a Regional Workshop to Synthesise National Reports from Six countries
 
Synthesis workshop participants

The following road map was adopted towards finalisation of the synthesis report, national studies and policy briefs.

  1. Draft country reports sent to national consultants- Wednesday 3 September 2014.
  2. National consultants respond to comments on national reports-Friday 5th September 2014.
  3. Complete draft synthesis report circulated to national consultants -Friday 5th September 2014.
  4. Draft synthesis report returned by national consultants – Monday 8th September 2014.
  5. Submission of policy briefs, synthesis report and country reports to FANRPAN-Tuesday 9th September 2014.

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