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The Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) National Policy Dialogue convened in Swaziland
Royal Swazi Spa Hotel, Ezulwini, Swaziland
9 June 2016


FANRPAN's third Swaziland Multi-stakeholder CSA National Policy Dialogue was held on 9th June 2016, at the Royal Swazi Spa Hotel, Ezulwini. The aim of the dialogue was to review the 2014 National CSA scoping study report in order to get more inputs from stakeholders in light of new developments such as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Paris Climate Change Agreement and other relevant CSA materials. Over 70 stakeholders who include senior officials of national governments, donor organizations, farmers' organizations, agri-business, media, development partner agencies and civil society organisations, shared their perspectives, experiences and recommendations on CSA in Swaziland during the Policy Dialogue.

Swaziland CSA National Policy Dialogue Delegates

Mr Wonderboy Khumalo from World Vision International coordinated the programme. Mr Emmanuel Ndlangamandla, the Executive Director of the Coordinating Assembly of Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO) gave the opening remarks and outlined the FANRPAN network operates. He also highlighted the significance of the policy dialogue in coming up recommendations for adaptation in Swaziland. Mr Njongenhle Nyoni, FANRPAN Representative, CSA Team, made a presentation on the FANRPAN CSA Initiatives. He also emphasized the importance of reviewing the findings of the Scoping Study in light of the latest developments in CSA.

The meeting was then officiated by the Hon. Minister of Agriculture Hon. Moses Vilakati who emphatically outlined the importance of CSA. In his speech, Hon. Moses Vilakati explained how adapting to climate change and climate variability is all about knowledge, innovation and responsive action. He also shared potential adaptation strategies that could apply to Swaziland such as "for every tree cut down, plant one". He then pleaded with all stakeholders to commit and become key messengers for this call of action. Finally he challenged participants to come up with policy and intervention recommendations with specific timelines.

Hon. Minister of Agriculture Hon. Moses Vilakati

Prof Manyatsi from the University of Swaziland made a presentation on the CSA Scoping Study findings and highlighted some key areas of interests from interventions, challenges and opportunities to recommendations, which invoked excitement in the meeting. One interesting finding he raised was how livestock have received limited attention in the advent of climate change, regardless of their significant contribution to food security. This was followed by breakaway group discussions. The participants were divided into three groups: Group A discussed CSA interventions that exist in Swaziland; Group B tackled the projected impacts of the CSA interventions; and, Group C focused on the challenges and opportunities for further implementation of CSA. Each Group then presented their insightful contributions with some timelines, where applicable. Participants agreed that in order to up scale CSA initiatives, there is need for stakeholders to find ways to ensure that farmers have access to relevant CSA information, and strategies to incorporate farmers in the process of championing CSA interventions.

For more information on this national policy dialogue or the CSA Scoping Study report, contact CSA-PLUS@fanrpan.org


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