The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is a multi-stakeholder, multinational network. In each member country, the FANRPAN network operates through an inter-sectoral platform called a “node” comprising a diverse group of organizations who include research institutes, farmer groups, government, media, parliamentarians, private sector and other civil society organizations that have a stake in FANR policies. FANRPAN is therefore a network of networks (see figure 1). At inception the Network established nodes at departments of agriculture of universities; however, efforts have been made to relocate the node hosting institutions to NGOs of a similar thrust through a process of stakeholder consultations. This was followed by assessments of the capacity of the selected institutions. The Partner Institutional Viability Assessment (PIVA) the newly appointed country node hosting institutions