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FANRPAN hosts Common Vision and Inception Workshop for the Strengthening Evidence-based Climate Change Adaptation Policies project and the Climate Smart Agriculture Programme in Lilongwe, Malawi
12 June 2013


The Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) hosted the Strengthening Evidence-based Climate Change Adaptation Policies (SECCAP) project (http://fanrpan.org/projects/seccap/) and the FANRPAN Climate Smart Agriculture Programme (link – one pager) Common Vision and Inception Workshop on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 in Lilongwe, Malawi. The SECCAP project which is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has been running for the past 2 years in Malawi. Since inception the SECCAP project has hosted annual national common visioning workshop in the project countries including Swaziland and Lesotho. The project common vision workshop is aimed at facilitating a participatory project management approach that allows national stakeholders to be part of the project processes and to be fully informed of the progress of the project. The Malawi SECCAP common vision workshop for 2013 was held at the Crossroads hotel in Lilongwe. A wide range of stakeholders including representatives from government, NGOs, university faculty members, researchers, farmers and development partners attended the meeting. The SECCAP project aims to enhance the capacity of policy analysts and scientists in the fields of agriculture, climate and socio-economics to collectively build a strong base of evidence on climate change adaptation to inform policies and investment decisions. The project is being implemented in partnership with the University of Malawi (Bunda College) using 3 student researchers (2x MSc and 1x BSc student). The partners in Malawi also include World Vision International, Development Data and hosted by the Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET) who are the national node coordinator for FANRPAN in Malawi.

The workshop participants got a chance to go through a refresher presentation on the SECCAP project as a whole. This presentation highlighted the different components of the SECCAP project. Student researchers and supervisors made presentations on the progress of the project activities in Malawi. Overall students’ noted that the research process in nearing closure with all required data collected and data analysis being finalized. Students further noted that they expect to present the first thesis drafts by the 30 June 2013, with the final submission scheduled for July 2013.

FANRPAN also updated the workshop participants on the FANRPAN climate smart agriculture (CSA) programme funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). The FANRPAN CSA programme is a 5 years’ programme policy analysis and capacity development programme on CSA that covers a total of 16 Southern and East African FANRPAN node countries. The FANRPAN CSA programme seeks to scope and analyze CSA related policies in all project countries and to develop the knowledge and capacity of national CSA stakeholders through national dialogues and regional CSA trainings for policy advocates and champions


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