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Swaziland Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and Platform for Africa and European partnership in Agriculture Research and Development (PAEPARD) Roundtable Meeting
Happy Valley Hotel, Ezulwini, Swaziland
17 November 2010 - 18 November 2010


FANRPAN hosted a two day national dialogue on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and PAEPARD (Platform for Africa and European partnership in Agriculture Research and Development) in Manzini, Swaziland at the Happy Valley Hotel from 17 to 18 November 2010. The national dialogue was facilitated by the FANRPAN Node, Coordination Assembly of NGOs.

Some twenty nine participants attended the national dialogue representing the various stakeholder sectors - government, civil society organisations, farmers’ unions, academia, researchers, media and the private sector.

Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)
The key issues discussed were: the background to the whole CAADP process, the role of non-state actors (NSA) in the implementation of CAADP, ways and means to enhance NSA participation in the CAADP process, challenges in the implementation of CAADP in the DRC and the way forward in implementing CAADP in the DRC.

The different stakeholders groups had brain storming sessions to discuss issues and challenges in the DRC with a specific view to agree on the road map for successfully implementing CAADP.

Platform for African – European Partnership in Agriculture Research for Development Phase II (PAEPARD II)
The PAEPARD project was introduced on day two. The overall objective of the project is to build joint African-European multi-stakeholder partnerships in agriculture research for development contributing towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The national dialogue provided a platform for multi-stakeholders to deliberate on African-European partnerships in Agricultural Research for Development (ARD). The project was well received and generated a lot of interesting debate. Two partnership experiences were presented by Africa Cooperative Action Trust (ACAT), Mbongeni Nkabinde; and COMESA Agro-Inputs Program (COMRAP) by Freddy Magagula. This was followed by a group working session by stakeholder sector.

The outcome from the national dialogue was some detailed feedback on partner expectations, research priorities, partnership mobilisation strategy and the critical capacity strengthening needs by stakeholder sector. The issue regarding poor response on the internal consultation questionnaire was raised and stakeholders present committed to play an active role in ensuring their organisations and related institutions would comply. Going forward it is critical that FANRPAN keeps the momentum going with regular updates and constant information sharing on the project.

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