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FANRPAN Facilitates a Communication and Advocacy Training, Intercontinental hotel Lusaka
24 August 2015 - 25 August 2015



Training participants pause for a group photo

On the 24th and 25th of August 2015, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) facilitated a Communication and Advocacy training in Zambia, Lusaka. The training was conducted on the sidelines of the 2015 FANRPAN Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Regional Policy Advocacy that was convened from the 26th to the 28th of August 2015. It was attended by 13 Node representatives (10M and 3F).

Within its Climate Change portfolio, FANRPAN implements a number of projects including aspects pertaining to Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). CSA is understood as agriculture that sustainably increases productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes greenhouse gases (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals. The overall objective of the FANRPAN CSA policy programme is to increase agricultural productivity and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable smallholder farmers to the impact of climate change. The FANRPAN CSA programme currently covers the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

One of projects partly implemented under the FANRPAN CSA programme is the Strengthening Policy Advocacy and Research Capacity for Enhanced Food Security in East and Southern Africa (SPARC) Project. The project funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is meant to enable the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) and its partners to undertake systematic and targeted interventions for institutional capacity development. The project was initiated in December 2012 and is set to end in December 2017. Institutional capacity development will lay the foundation for the eastern and southern African region to use local capacity to address policy challenges which are hindering sustainable food security and effective management of natural resources and the environment.

The project objective (purpose) is to strengthen the capacities of the FANRPAN regional and national secretariats to lead, coordinate and facilitate FANR policy research, analysis and advocacy, and; to strengthen and effectively utilize state and non-state actors capacities to participate in policy processes.

It is under the above backdrop that FANRPAN provided training on Climate Change Communication and Advocacy to the FANRPAN node coordinators during the CSA Regional Policy Dialogue that was held in Zambia, Lusaka from the 24th of August to the 28th of August 2015. This was a one and half day training workshop that catered for stakeholders in the FANR sectors. The training covered the following aspects of Communication and Advocacy:

  • Understanding the Policy Context
  • The Role and Importance of Evidence in Policy Advocacy
  • Understanding Policy Advocacy
  • Developing communication and advocacy plans
  • How to facilitate policy dialogues

From the training participants are expected to:

  • Have a clear understanding of the policy space
  • Be able to utilize evidence to inform policy making processes
  • Have adequate skills to engage in policy advocacy
  • Be able to develop a communication and advocacy plan
  • Be in a position to facilitate policy dialogues


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