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FANRPAN Annual Node Common Visioning Workshop Nairobi, Kenya
New strategy for food systems transformation
26 March 2017 - 27 March 2017


FANRPAN Annual Node Common Visioning Workshop

The Food and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) held itsannual Node Common Vision Workshop from 26-27 March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya,bringing the Network's Node Coordinators together to deliberate on issues ranging from climate change to nutrition sensitive agriculture. Node hosting institutions in 17 African countries form the backbone of FANRPAN's continent-wide network comprising an all-inclusive multi-stakeholder platform, which links government, policy analysts, farmers and the private sector. The Network draws on the world's foremost leadership prowess, intellectual resources, research and technological advances to address the continent's vexing dilemmas. Its mission is to promote effectivefood, agriculture and natural resources policies.

Policy research and advocacy is critical to help policymakers reduce the levels of poverty and hunger in Africa. In the last decade, FANRPAN has been at the forefront of the agricultural debate in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Network now seeks to increase the visibility of evidence based policies to boost progress towards promoting the global agenda of food and nutrition security through smart agricultural practices. Launching a new strategic approach for the Network, FANRPAN CEO Dr Lindiwe Sibanda explained a shift to direct their core activities to policy research, research translation, convening and capacity building, and will use the potential of the network to undertake activities and projects that support the implementation and monitoring of sound, evidence based policy. This attention to implementation rather than just the creation of evidence-based policy is a relatively new area and is a direct response to stakeholders' feedback. The Network will concentrate its organisational energy on two thematic areas, namely Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA).

She said FANRPAN has a very important role to play in these fields, building on the experience of its influential work so far. To deepen expertise inthese "nexus areas" the Network will deploy a multi-disciplinary approachand expand partnerships to include new capabilities and knowledge, forexample, health specialists, food retailers and environmental scientists. "FANRPAN has developed an enviable reputation for high-quality policy analysis and convening power, and occupies a unique position in the field of agriculture and food systems research in Africa. The Network's neutral and unbiased position allows it to undertake research and convene stakeholders free of political bias and interference. As it looks forward, FANRPAN now has a great opportunity to help make lasting transformational changes to our food systems," Dr Sibanda added.


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