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FANRPAN participates in Awareness Creation Workshop on Seed Trade Harmonization Regulations for the COMESA region
9 April 2013


FANRPAN hosted its annual Node Coordinators Common Visioning workshop on 24 to 28 February 2013 at the Lesotho Sun Hotel in Maseru, Lesotho. The Workshop was attended by FANRPAN Regional Secretariat and FANRPAN Node Coordinators of the 14 of the 16 member countries. The purpose of the workshop was to reflect on FANRPAN’s performance in 2012, align the Network’s vision and goals, and plan its activities for 2013. Participants deliberated on their collective and individual areas of responsibility.

External partners were invited to make presentations on strategy formulation and policy advocacy. Various guests from the host country also attended some of the sessions, including representatives from the National University of Lesotho, the Lesotho National Farmers’ Union (LENAFU), and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Tourism.

Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, the CEO of FANRPAN, outlined the CEO vision for the Network in 2013. She reported on issues regarding personnel, Board tenure, policy analysis, policy advocacy, capacity building, CAADP implementation, monitoring and evaluation, the Household Assets Vulnerability Assessment (HAVA), previously Househould Vulnerability Index (HVI), Partner Institution Viability Assessments (PIVA), Communications and finance aspects of projects and activities.

Node Coordinators presented the status quo of their respective national activities and Mr Mike Connolly, an experienced facilitator and strategist in the agricultural policy field, conducted a basic strategy exercise with the help of the participants, asking the following questions: i) where are we coming from? ii) What are we learning? and iii) Where to? He asserted that FANRPAN needed to move to a more strategic level as a network. It needed to shape its approach in accordance with its values, experiences and lessons learned to formulate a common vision aimed at significant progress by the year 2020. He emphasised that clarity needs to be reached on what he called the ‘three Rs’, namely: roles, responsibilities and relationships.

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) was endorsed as FANRPAN’s main theme for 2013 Dr Sepo Hachigonta, FANRPAN’s Climate Change Programmes Manager gave an overview of the subject of climate change and its impact on agriculture in Africa. He explained the objectives of Climate Smart Agriculture and specifically FANRPAN’s role in current and future research projects in this regard.

Participants also had an opportunity to go on a Lesotho National Farmers Union (LENAFU)-led field trip, which included a visit to Basotho Canners, a processing plant for locally grown fresh produce, and also a visit to Lesotho King Letsie III farm outside Maseru. Delegates also attended a Node Visioning Dinner aimed at cultivating relationships with partners in the host nation Lesotho. Guests included members of staff of the FANRPAN Regional Secretariat, representatives of the National University of Lesotho, LENAFU, Africa Research, four students from the local university, and representatives of the Lesotho Ministries of Home Affairs and Tourism.

Hosting the Common Visioning workshop in Lesotho provided an opportunity for the FANRPAN Node Coordinators and Regional Secretariat to get familiar with the nuances of the host country for the Regional Dialogue.


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