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Annual FANRPAN awards
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We at FANRPAN are convinced that Africa is neither poor nor incapable of feeding itself, but that it lacks the fresh initiatives which empower, encourage and support policies to promote food security, climate smart agriculture and poverty alleviation. We strongly believe that formal recognition is an incentive for individual and organizational efficiency and , more can be achieved if visionary people and organizations in Africa receive tangible support to realize their dreams of a food secure Africa.

Since 2008 FANRPAN has seen fit to reward excellence in Food Security Policy.

Why the Award:
Against a background of food security challenges facing Africa, and the recognition that Africa can, not only feed itself but the entire world; FANRPAN launched an awards programme in 2008 to showcase successful agricultural initiatives that should be scaled up.

The FANRPAN Awards are given annually to an individual or organization that have made effective, evident and sustainable contributions towards food security and poverty alleviation in the region. FANRPAN is convinced that Africa is neither poor nor incapable of feeding itself, but that it lacks the fresh initiatives which empower, encourage and support efforts to promote food security policies, that will lead to poverty alleviation. Food security is multi-faceted and cannot be fulfilled solely by addressing agricultural policies; multi-sectoral andpublic and private partnerships are a prerequisite for success. We need to restore the dignity of the African farmer through evidence based policies pertaining to (i) safeguarding natural resources; (ii) sharing knowledge; (iii) building local access and capacity; (iv) protecting harvests; (v) enabling access to markets; and (vi) prioritising research imperatives must be addressed.

There is a plethora of islands of success which we as Africans should be the first to identify and inform the rest of the world. We need to celebrate success so as to motivate scale-up. We at FANRPAN strongly believe that poverty and hunger could be eradicated if African champions are formally recognised and their innovative interventions are scaled up.

Eligibility and Criteria:
Award recipients are selected from any sector in a country that is hosting the FANRPAN annual multi-stakeholder food security policy dialogue. Nominations are accepted for individuals and organisations that have made extensive contributions through policy development, appropriate technology and other unique interventions that make a significant contribution to food security. The awards are given to individuals and organisations whot have pushed the limits in improving access, availability, and utilisation of food in Africa regardless of their race, religion, nationality or political beliefs.

There are three FANRPAN awards:
  1. FANRPAN Food Security Policy Leadership Award;
  2. FANRPAN Civil Society Policy Movers and Shakers Award; and
  3. FANRPAN Excellence in Agricultural Journalism Award.
  4. FANRPAN Youth in Agriculture Award
The awards, sponsored by FANRPAN and its partners, do not carry a cash prize. In lieu of the monetary incentive, the awards are a conglomeration of 'practical' prizes in three distinct components: agricultural inputs, technology, learning tours and equipment linked to agriculture and capacity building to sustain food security.

Award Committee:
An Award Committee comprising FANRPAN Board members adjudicate the nominations for Award recipients each year. The FANRPAN Secretariat supports the Award Committee which meet annually to finalise the selection from nominations received.

Award Citation:
The FANRPAN Secretariat, in liaison with the Award Committee, each year prepares a specific citation for the winners and presentations to the winners are made at a formal Award Ceremony which is held in conjunction with the Annual FANRPAN High Level Food Security Policy Dialogue.

The Award:
  • The Annual FANRPAN FOOD SECURITY POLICY LEADERSHIP AWARD is a bronze cast trophy in the form of a sculptured bust of an African woman balancing a traditional food basket on her head. Women are the largest contributors to food security in Africa and they are the managers of the household food basket. The sculpture is fixed on a wooden base with four copper panels bearing the names of each winner annually. The winner is presented with the Trophy and an authentic certificate with a specific citation. The trophy was designed by the FANRPAN team.
  • The Annual FANRPAN CIVIL SOCIETY POLICY MOVERS AND SHAKERS AWARD is a bronze cast trophy in the shape of the African continent. The winner is presented with the trophy and an authentic certificate with a specific citation. The trophy was designed by the FANRPAN team.
  • The Annual FANRPAN EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURAL JOURNALISM AWARD is a bronze cast trophy in the shape of the African continent with a quill. The winner is presented with a mini-replica of the trophy and an authentic certificate with a specific citation. The trophy was designed by the FANRPAN team.

FANRPAN Food Security Policy Leadership Award Winners:
  • 2012 AWARD WINNER - The President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
  • 2011 AWARD WINNER - Her Majesty The Queen Mother - Indlovukazi Ntombi of Swaziland
  • 2010 AWARD WINNER - The President of the Republic of Namibia, H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba
  • 2009 AWARD WINNER - The President of the Republic of Mozambique, H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza
  • 2008 AWARD WINNER - The President of the Republic of Malawi, H.E. Dr. Bingu Wa Mutharika
His Excellency, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania 2012
His Excellency, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Her Majesty The Queen Mother - Indlovukazi Ntombi of Swaziland received the prestigious Food Security Award 2011
Her Majesty The Queen Mother - Indlovukazi Ntombi of Swaziland received the prestigious Food Security Award
Hon. Abraham Ivambo, Minister of Education, Republic of Namibia, on behalf of President H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba 2010
Hon. Abraham Ivambo, Minister of Education, Republic of Namibia, on behalf of President H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba
H.E. L Diego, Prime Minister, Republic of Mozambique, on behalf of President H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza 2009
H.E. L Diego, Prime Minister, Republic of Mozambique, on behalf of President H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza
H.E. Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi 2008
H.E. Dr Bingu Wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi
   
 
FANRPAN Civil Society Mover and Shaker Award Winners:
  • 2012 AWARD WINNER - MVIWATA - Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania a network of farmers' groups in Tanzania.
  • 2011 AWARD WINNER - Ms Happy Shongwe, an accomplished farmer and resident of Maphungwane. Ms Shongwe owns Hlelile Investments, a company that deals with legumes seeds
  • 2009 AWARD WINNER - Madam Celina Cossa, founder and President of the General Union of Cooperatives of Maputo, Mozambique
Mr Laurent Raburire, representing Mtandao wa Vikundi vya wa Kulima Tanzania (MVIWATA) 2012
Mr Laurent Raburire, representing Mtandao wa Vikundi vya wa Kulima Tanzania (MVIWATA)
Ms Happy Shongwe, an accomplished farmer and resident of Maphungwane. Ms Shongwe owns Hlelile Investments, a company that deals with legumes seeds 2011
Ms Happy Shongwe, an accomplished farmer and resident of Maphungwane. Ms Shongwe owns Hlelile Investments, a company that deals with legumes seeds
Madam Celina Cossa, founder and President of the General Union of Cooperatives of Maputo, Mozambique 2009
Madam Celina Cossa, founder and President of the General Union of Cooperatives of Maputo, Mozambique
 
FANRPAN Excellence in Agricultural Journalism Award:
  • 2012 AWARD WINNER - Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation
  • 2011 AWARD WINNER - Ms Mantoe Phakathi, senior reporter of Nation Magazine
Ms Joyceline Lugora Acting Director General Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation 2012
Ms Joyceline Lugora Acting Director General Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation
Ms Mantoe Phakathi senior reporter of Nation Magazine 2011
Ms Mantoe Phakathi, senior reporter of Nation Magazine
 
FANRPAN Youth in Agriculture Award:
  • 2012 AWARD WINNER - The Shambani Graduate Enterprise
Mr and Mrs Mfinange from Shambani Graduate Enterprise 2012
Mr and Mrs Mfinange from Shambani Graduate Enterprise
 

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