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FANRPAN convenes a one day validation workshop to review Climate Smart Agriculture Policy Scoping Study in Mauritius
R Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre, University of Mauritius, Réduit
26 June 2014


The Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius (FANRPAN Node Hosting Institution) in collaboration with the Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) complemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and supported by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), organised a half-day validation workshop on Climate Smart Agriculture Policy Scoping Study in Mauritius on Thursday 26 June 2014 at 9.00 am at the R Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre, University of Mauritius, Réduit. FANRPAN convened this national workshop to validate a Climate Smart Agriculture Policy Scoping Study that was conducted in Mauritius. The workshop aimed at bringing stakeholders together from diverse backgrounds including Scientists, National Experts, Policy Makers, Academia, representatives from vulnerable communities, Private Sector Representatives and NGOs to discuss options and validate a Climate Smart Agriculture Policy Scoping Study.

The objectives of the Workshop were to

  1. Share the draft CSA scoping study report outputs with stakeholders.
  2. Validate the outputs from the draft CSA scoping study report.
  3. Explore more on CSA technologies used in Mauritius.
  4. Identify priority CSA policies and technologies relevant for Mauritius.

Rationale of the CSA Study

Climate Smart Agricultural (CSA) practices program proposes the transformation of agricultural policies and agricultural systems to increase food productivity and enhance food security while preserving the environment and ensuring resilience to a changing climate. FANRPAN supported by ACBF and in collaboration with FAO and local partners that include the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius seeks to rollout the CSA program in Mauritius alongside the other 16 African countries that it is also facilitating.

This project which started in 2013 is now nearing completion and the researchers have convened this workshop to validate the findings and work of the research project. A locally based national consultant, one of the 16 in the region, was engaged to conduct baseline studies on what is on the ground in Mauritius in respect to relevant policies, the level of knowledge, practice and impact of CSA. Prof S Facknath, Team Leader, Assoc Prof B Lalljee and Mr Navin Boodia formed part of the pool of consultants who worked on this CSA project and were supported by Mr Shane Hardowar, Node Coordinator. The Node Coordinator organized and facilitated the workshop.

The workshop was meant to inform all players in CSA and related activities on what is available and thereby assist in crafting policy recommendations in-order to achieve the desired objectives as stated above.

About 35 participants were present and shared their views about CSA issues. The consultant presented on the different CSA relevant policies in Mauritius, key challenges to implement CSA, opportunities as well as recommendations for policies and programmes for CSA. During plenary sessions, Stakeholders present were able to seize the opportunity of the workshop to discuss about possible ways to move ahead and put to fruition the recommendations identified. Existing CSA practices and technologies in Mauritius as well as gaps of the study were highlighted. The players discussed about past and present CSA activities and the drivers for their successful adoption and constraints for not adopting. Challenges, opportunities and key challenges in implementing CSA in the country were debated among the audience.

Mr Shane Hardowar the Mauritius FANRPAN Node Coordinator addressing the participants
Mr Shane Hardowar the Mauritius FANRPAN Node Coordinator addressing the participants

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