Origins of FANRPAN

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.

The three strategic goals are achieved through two themes, Climatic-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture (NSA), supported by institutional capacity strengthening for both institutions and individuals. The themes seek to address nexus challenges presented by climate change and malnutrition in Africa so as to ensure sustainable and resilient transformative changes of agriculture and food systems. Specific attention is given to national and regional issues related to adaptation, mitigation, resilience, production and income, behaviour change, women and youth empowerment, financing, and communities of practice.

FANRPAN’s distinctive comparative advantage lies in the fact that it is an all-inclusive platform that brings together state and non-state actors to work together as equal partners in evidence-based policy development processes and implementation, while remaining sufficiently independent to enable objective evidence-based policy research, analysis and advice. The organization is a multi-stakeholder pan-African network of networks, currently established in 17 countries; operating through an inter-sectoral platform called a ‘node’ in each country. A node comprises a diverse group of organizations that include research institutes, farmer groups, government, media, parliamentarians, private sector and other civil society organizations that have a stake in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources policies. FANRPAN’s country nodes and wider network provide an unrivalled infrastructure for stakeholder engagement, research dissemination and the embedding of policy and learning.

Over the years, FANRPAN has worked on a range of nexus projects, which have fed into national and continental policy processes. These projects include: Strengthening Evidence-Based Climate Change Adaptation Policies (SECCAP); Evidence Based Policies for Climate Smart Agriculture (EPCSA); the COMESA-funded pan-Africa Civil Society Climate Change Initiative for Policy Dialogues (ACCID); Harmonized of Seed Security Project (HaSSP); and the Agriculture to Nutrition Project (ATONU), among other examples.

Vision: Resilient African agriculture and food systems, securing prosperity and health for all.

Focuses on three strategic goals:
a) Transformed agriculture and food systems through the development and implementation of evidence-based policy; b) Adequate, safe and nutritious food; and c) Climate change resilient and resource sustainable food systems in Africa;
Focuses following nexus issues:
d) Agriculture value chains including food loss and waste management, nutrition and resilience (i.e., climate change) nexus; women and youth in agriculture, and digitization strategies for agriculture.
Engages with following stakeholders:
e) Government, farmers’ organizations, youth and women organizations, researchers, private sector and agribusiness, and civil society organizations.


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