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FANRPAN Convenes a Climate Smart Agriculture and Postharvest Management National Policy Dialogue in Zimbabwe
Holiday Inn, Harare Zimbabwe
23 June 2016 - 24 June 2016



Stakeholders who participated in the national policy dialogue

With funding from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), FANRPAN in partnership with the Agriculture Research Council convened a national policy dialogue from the 23rd to the 24th of June 2016. The national policy dialogue was attended by 67 participants who have a stake in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources and was officially opened by Mr Ringson, J. Chitsiko the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation in Zimbabwe.

Mr Ringson Chitsiko giving the opening remarks
Mr Ringson Chitsiko giving the opening remarks

The objectives of the national policy dialogue were to review two study reports on National CSA policies, Policy and Institutional Arrangements for Managing Risk for Crop Production and Post-harvest Handling in Climate Disaster Prone Areas of Zimbabwe and share outputs from the studies that were conducted by students on Postharvest Management in Zimbabwe under the Supporting Smallholder Farmers in Southern Africa to Better Manage Climate-Related Risks to Crop Production and Post- Harvest Handling project. This was done to get more inputs from other stakeholders in light of new developments such as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and the Paris Climate Change Agreement under the UNFCCC.

Mr Talentus Mthunzi Mr Elisha N Moyo
Mr Talentus Mthunzi (left) explaining the FANRPAN engagement cycle and Mr Elisha N Moyo presenting on the Zimbabwe INDCs and the UNFCCC CoP 21 outcomes.

The level of participation was quite high and interesting. Some of the key issues that came out of the discussions included the following:

  1. Institutional, Policy and Technical Gaps that can hinder the attainment of INDCs
    • Top down approaches to policy which can suppress application of IKS in formal circumstances.
    • Limited of knowledge of alternative crop & livestock enterprises that can thrive under current conditions.
    • Lack of human and physical resources to implement specific measures.
    • Lack of (adequate) community input in policy making.
    • Need to localize implementation of policies.
    • Political alignment of policy interventions.
    • Laxity in enforcement of legislation.
    • (Lack of) unavailability of weather information.
    • Lack of Insurance Models for smallholder farmers.
    • Lack of coordination amongst farmers to utilize existing irrigation infrastructure.
    • Lack of localized climate information and production models.
    • [Absence of] Labour saving technologies.
  2. Policy Recommendations:
    • There is need for a national Climate Smart programme with a package of climate smart practices.
    • Develop/adapt and promote Climate Smart mechanization technologies for small scale farmers (single axle tractors associated equipment).
    • Make weather information public.
    • Set of localized met offices for localized information.
    • Test out and refine more insurance models for smallholder farmers; strengthening Insurance and Pensions Council of Zimbabwe.
    • Coordinate (public and private) research in Zimbabwe to ensure that information on best practice is shared and used to inform policy.
    • Capacitate universities into research and development towards alternative technologies.
    • Increase training, documentation, monitoring and research on Climate Smart Agriculture approaches and indigenous knowledge systems.
    • Mainstreaming gender and youth in Climate Smart Agriculture issues.
    • Subsidisation of agricultural inputs and equipment.
    • Government to fulfil its commitments to all policies related to Climate Smart Agriculture e.g. the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme.

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