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FANRPAN represented at the 1st Africa College International Food Security, Health and Impact Knowledge Brokering Conference
22 - 24 June 2011, Devonshire Hall, University of Leeds, UK
29 June 2011


Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) was represented at the 1st Africa College International Food Security, Health and Impact Knowledge Brokering Conference. The conference was attended by some 170 regional and international delegates involved in agricultural research for development.

Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, the Chief Executive Officer of FANRPAN, presented akeynote paper at the conference opening plenary session responding tothe question: "How can we deliver impact on food security and human health through partnerships?" Furthermore, Dr Sibanda chaired a plenary session titled Solutions from Research.

The conference was held at Devonshire Hall of the Leeds University in the United Kingdom from the 22nd to 24th June 2011, also see http://www.africacollege.leeds.ac.uk/conf2011/. The goal of this conference was to demonstrate and share lessons on how to translate results into impacts on food security and human health in sub-Saharan Africa. The objectives of the conference were two fold:
  • To determine how the results of basic science and inter-disciplinary research lead to impact on food security and human health.
  • To explore how partnerships between research and development organizations deliver innovation and impact.
The conference focused on six elements: (i) plenary sessions were packed with presentations from leading African and European scientists; (ii) knowledge exchange open space sessions sharedexperiences with small groups of delegates in 30minute sessions; (iii) thematic workshops focused on how impact has been achieved in different thematic areas; (iv) poster sessions highlighted the work of delegates and their organizations; (v) exhibition stands for organizations displayed and sharedexperiences; and (vi) the Behrens Lecture that was delivered by Professor Monty Jones, the Executive Director of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA).

As far as side events were concerned, two FANRPAN staff members, Ms Sharon Alfred and Dr Tshilidzi Madzivhandila attended a pre-conference workshop from the 20th to 21st of June convened by the Platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD). The pre-conference workshop was aimed atpresenting and validating desk review study results feeding into the PAEPARD capacity-building strategy. The objective of the desk review study was to propose options for a capacity-building strategy inresponse to the identified gaps in both PAEPARD I and PAEPARD II. The workshop culminated in the revision of the PAEPARD II strategy to enhance project impact and build the capacity of stakeholders in Africa and Europe in agricultural research for development (ARD).The detailed workshop proceedings will be available on the FANRPAN website by 8 July 2011.

Following the pre-conference workshop, the three FANRPAN delegates participated and shared knowledge in the six elements of the conference. The participation to the conference and pre-conference workshop increased their personal understanding of impact and how they can - in different ways - maximise ARD impact. As an output, the conference will deliver a document of best practice and outcomes in terms of building partnerships and sharing knowledge and understanding.

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