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FANRPAN Participates in COMESA Regional Gender Capacity Building Training Workshop
13 March 2013 - 15 March 2013


FANRPAN participated in the Common Market for East and Southern Africa's (COMESA) Regional Capacity Building Training Workshop for Selected regional institutions on Gender Mainstreaming into Agriculture and Climate Change. The workshop convened by COMESA's Gender and Social Affairs Unit was held from 13 -15 March 2013 in Livingstone Zambia.

In May 2010, the Fourth Meeting of COMESA Ministers responsible for Gender and Women's Affairs took a decision that Conservation Agriculture and other agricultural programmes such as CAADP and COMRAP should ensure that at least 80 percent of the beneficiaries are female farmers and female-headed households in order to fully integrate them into agriculture and climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions. This decision was endorsed by Council of Ministers during the policy organs meetings held in Swaziland in August 2010.

In 2011, the COMESA Gender and Social Affairs Division with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) began work on developing the Regional Strategy and Strategic Action on Mainstreaming Gender into Agriculture and Climate Change (RESTRAP). FANRPAN as one of COMESA's key implementing partners was invited to participate in the workshop whose objective was to disseminate the final adopted RESTRAP document and to sensitize selected regional institutions on RESTRAP with the aim of them adopting the key pillars of the RESTRAP in order to inform, customize and use within our on-going programmes for monitoring and evaluating programme activities.

The workshop was officially opened by Mr. John Zulu the Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Gender and Child Development in Zambia. He spoke about how the workshop was timely, adding on to Zambia's efforts to recognize gender as an important issue. Zambia on Friday (8th March) celebrated International Women's Day, and on the 12th of March celebrated National Youth Day.

COMESA's Director of Gender and Social Affairs, Ms Emiliana Tembo told the participants that the mandate of her unit was to promote gender mainstreaming in all COMESA programmes and therefore it was important that the implementing partners of this programmes all understood the new gender strategy.

Other participants included representatives of regional organisations such as the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), the East Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF), CGIAR centers such as the International Livestock Research Institute and the World Fish Center and national research institutions such as the University of Malawi and the Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust (GART).

For more information about COMESA's gender work visit www.comesa.int

Workshops participants
Workshops participants
Mr John Zulu acting permanent secretary ministry of Gender and Child Development Zambia
Mr John Zulu acting permanent secretary ministry of Gender and Child Development Zambia
COMESA director of Gender and Social Affairs Ms Emiliana Tembo
COMESA director of Gender and Social Affairs Ms Emiliana Tembo

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