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Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM) National Policy Dialogue
Maputo, Mozambique
26 April 2012



The Food Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network's (FANRPAN) Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM) project in partnership with the Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering of Eduardo Mondlane University convened a national policy dialogue on the 26th of April at Kaya Kwanga Lodge in Maputo, Mozambique. The dialogue attended by over 50 participants including women farmers involved in the project; representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG); researchers from Eduardo Mondlane University; representatives of NGOs and Community Based Organisations; Research Institutions; UN-Agencies; and the donor community in Mozambique.

The purpose of the dialogue was to disseminate results from the WARM pilot project, which seeks to strengthen the capacity of women farmers to influence agricultural policy development in Africa. Researchers from Eduardo Mondlane presented results of an agricultural survey of women farmers in Marracuane and Boane Districts as well as a report of a study that was conducted to analyse the input distribution systems and policies in Mozambique. FANRPAN CEO, Dr Sibanda who also attended the Policy Dialogue welcomed the results and urged women farmers to work with researchers and give accurate information if they want government to develop programmes to improve their livelihoods. Speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Mr. Daniel Miguel Clemente welcomed the results of the survey. He stressed the importance of accurate and timely data to government decision makers who use this type of data extensively to guide them in decision making - especially in setting and prioritizing goals, planning interventions and monitoring progress.

He further commended FANRPAN and partners for mobilizing women farmers and training them to be policy advocates, noting that all too often the process of policy development is restricted to technocrats leaving out the very people who are the beneficiaries of these policies. He urged the trained women farmers to continue using the platforms established through the project to push their agendas through the local district councils and traditional structures. Mr. Clemente also committed that the Ministry of Agriculture is always ready to listen and will continue to strive relentlessly towards translating the many progressive policies to advance the goals of women empowerment and gender equality in the agriculture sector.

In his closing remarks the Permanent Secretary urged FANRPAN and partners to ensure that the successes of the WARM project, small and big, are brought to scale as the project has the potential to change the lives of millions of women farmers across Africa. He also thanked the funding partner of the WARM project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their financial support adding that their support is a reflection of their commitment towards reducing hunger and poverty for millions of poor farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa.

FANRPAN CEO Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda Speaking at the Dialogue
FANRPAN CEO Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda Speaking at the Dialogue
Participants at the WARM Project National Policy Dialogue in Mozambique
Participants at the WARM Project National Policy Dialogue in Mozambique
Participants Captivated by the Theatre Performance
Participants Captivated by the Theatre Performance
Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Mr Daniel Miguel Clemente Speaking at the Dialogue
Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Mr Daniel Miguel Clemente Speaking at the Dialogue
Trained Women Adovcates demostrating their Theatre for Policy Advocacy (TPA) Skills
Trained Women Adovcates demostrating their Theatre for Policy Advocacy (TPA) Skills
Women farmers from Boane Contributing to the Discussions during the National Policy Dialogue 1
Women farmers from Boane Contributing to the Discussions during the National Policy Dialogue 1
Women farmers from Boane Contributing to the Discussions during the National Policy Dialogue 2
Women farmers from Boane Contributing to the Discussions during the National Policy Dialogue 2

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