The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is an all-inclusive multi-stakeholder pan-African network that provides independent evidence to inform and influence policy processes at national and regional levels. FANRPAN is a multi-tiered network consisting of a regional secretariat and established national nodes, currently present in 18 African countries , and growing. FANRPAN has nodes in all Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states. The network’s membership includes food, agriculture and natural resources (FANR) related government departments, parliamentarians, research and farmer organizations, private sector, civil society organizations and the media.
FANRPAN’s mandate is derived from the first Conference of Ministers of Agriculture of Eastern and Southern Africa held in Harare in April 1994, where the Ministers agreed to support the establishment of a regional agriculture and natural resources policy network to enhance the capacity for policy formulation and analysis. In response, FANRPAN was established in 1997, with an initial focus on the southern and east Africa regions. In 2010, after an expression of interest from countries outside the southern and east African region, the network’s mandate was expanded to cover the continent.
- Carrying out mutually agreed collaborative research activities.
- Publishing and disseminating research results.
- Providing technical support to national and regional programs.
- Providing opportunities for training and professional development.
- Organizing workshops, scientific conferences and seminars.
- Providing access by the Government to database of information on policy making, advocacy and dialogue.
- Facilitating linkages and partnerships amongst institutions with related policy research and professional development activities.
In response, FANRPAN was established in 1997, with an initial focus on the southern and eastern regions of Africa. In 2010, after an expression of interest from countries outside the southern and eastern African region, the network’s mandate was expanded to cover the continent.