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FANRPAN Convenes a National Policy Dialogue on Climate Smart Agriculture and Post-Harvest Loss Management
Development Learning Center, Antananarivo, Madagascar
9 March 2016


stakeholders attending the national policy dialogue
Stakeholders attending the national policy dialogue

FANRPAN with support from the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is implementing a three year project focused on: Supporting Smallholder Farmers in Southern Africa to better manage Climate-related Risks to Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling. The overall objective of the project is to improve and sustain household and national food security in southern Africa through better management of climatic risks by smallholder farmers. The focal countries are Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe. With support from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), FANRPAN is implementing the Strengthening Policy Advocacy and Research Capacity for Enhanced Food Security in East and Southern Africa (SPARC) project. The project is meant to enable FANRPAN and its partners to undertake systematic and targeted interventions for institutional capacity development. The project was initiated in December 2012 and is set to end in December 2017.

As part of the projects' activities, FANRPAN conducted a national policy dialogue in Madagascar. The objectives of the national policy dialogue were to:

  1. Provide a platform for project partners FAO, IFAD, University of Antananarivo and the Department of Rural Development Policies: Ministry of Agriculture to share their profiling and research findings on Climate-related Risks to Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling and Climate Smart Agriculture. We expect that these presentations will present further insights that will enrich the dialogue.
  2. Explore more on CSA and PHM technologies used in the country
  3. Identify priority CSA and PHM policies and technologies relevant for the country
  4. Share the policy brief entitled Policy and Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling in Climate Disaster Prone Areas of Madagascar with stakeholders in a bid to influence both policy and research agendas at national and regional level.
  5. Solicit policy recommendations from stakeholders

The turn up was very good with 55 participants attending most of whom hold senior positions in their organisations. The stakeholder grouping was also diverse, with representation from government, private sector, research, farmer organisations, NGOs and finance. Participants commended this diversity of stakeholders and acknowledged the need of a multi-sectoral approach in addressing Agriculture and climate change issues.

Stakeholders seem to be now in a position to approach issues pertaining to agriculture in holistic manner. Stakeholders were able to draw up the link between Climate Risks, CSA and PHLM in their discussions and this is what we need in this age.

The organising committee was also innovative enough to show a documentary of Agro-ecological practices (CSA) in Madagascar that protect the environment against climate risks like cyclones especially in disaster prone areas. However, there is still need to clear the air with regards to the complementarity and similarity of other climate change interventions/concepts (like agro-ecology, ecosystems based adaptation, landscape approaches etc.) to CSA. There seem to be confusion around these concepts and CSA.

The major recommendation was for government to commit to scale out proven CSA practices to other regions and to ensure that PHLM is given fair attention in policies.

Dr. Olivia RAKOTONDRASOA facilitating the national policy dialogue
Dr. Olivia RAKOTONDRASOA facilitating the national policy dialogue

Group work session in motion
Group work session in motion

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