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FANRPAN hosts a one day workshop to validate the PHM and CSA policy scoping study in South Africa
Venue: Premier Hotel and Resorts International, Pretoria, South Africa
18 July 2014


On the 18th of July 2014, FANRPAN in partnership with the National Agricultural Marketing Council hosted a one day workshop at Premier Hotel and Resorts International in Pretoria, to validate two policy studies on PHM and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) that were conducted in South Africa. The PHM study was funded by the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) while the CSA Policy Scoping Study was funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)

FANRPAN engaged the services of four national consultants (Malawi, Madagascar, South Africa and Zimbabwe) to conduct a study to analyse the policy environment and existing institutional arrangements for managing risk to crop production and post-harvest handling. FANRPAN also engaged the services of 16 national consultants to conduct CSA policy scoping studies in the following countries; Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Both the PHM and CSA Policy Scoping studies are still underway and FANRPAN sought to conduct a national validation workshop to review the draft scoping study reports and get more inputs from the South African stakeholders. The validation workshop provided a great opportunity for the stakeholders to add value to the research process and take ownership of the research outputs therefore.

The objectives of this workshop are:

  1. Share the PHM-CSA draft scoping study report outputs with stakeholders
  2. Validate the outputs from the draft scoping study reports
  3. Explore more on technologies used in the country
  4. I Identify priority policies and technologies relevant for the country
  5. Solicit policy recommendations from stakeholders

Mr Bonani Nyhodo (NAMC) the Node Coordinator for South Africa gave welcome remarks and outlined the overview of the day. The opening remarks for the workshop were given by Dr. Simphiwe Ngqangweni also from NAMC. Dr Bellah Mpofu and Mr Talentus Mthunzi gave a background on the PHM and CSA studies respectively.

The PHM study was presented by Dr Phineas Khazamula Chauke while the CSA study was presented by Prof Pearson Mnkeni. More than 50 participants from the private sector, government, media, civil society, farmers, youth and researchers participated on the Validation workshop.

After the presentations by Prof. Mnkeni and Dr Chauke, participants were divided into two groups to further interrogate both the PHM and CSA policy scoping study. Some of the recommendations from the working groups included:

PHM

  • Need to support the implementation of policies
  • Ensure availability of information,
  • Need for Policy Coordination
  • Further Studies need to be conducted namely; quantifying the losses due to PH, vulnerability on smallholder farmers.

CSA - The CSA working group used a matrix to show influence of policy instruments and departments in South Africa and concluded that:

  • Low influence: Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act (CARA) and National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD)
  • High influence: National Development Plan (NDP), National Climate Change Response Paper (NCCRP), Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)
  • Mainstream CSA into High influence policies
  • Ensure that Low influence policies that have the potential to support CSA move to High influence
FANRPAN hosts a workshop to validate the PHM and CSA policy scoping study in South Africa

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