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Constitution of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)



  1. At the first Conference of Ministers of Agriculture Southern Africa held in Harare, Zimbabwe, in April 1994, the Ministers agreed to support the establishment of a regional agricultural policy network to enhance the capacity for policy formulation and analysis in the Southern African region. This meeting resulted from the Ministers' concern for the desperate state of the food, agriculture and natural resources (''FANR'') in the region and the declining contribution of the FANR sector to the region's economy.

  2. The FANR Ministers considered the low levels of public sector investment in the FANR sector and resolved to arrest the apparent lack of political commitment to the farming sector. They resolved that comprehensive policies and strategies were required to resuscitate agriculture. The resolution was fully endorsed by high level policy makers and Heads of State participating in the Global Coalition for Africa Advisory Committee meeting that was held in June, 1994. To realize the dream for exchange of policy information and lessons as endorsed by the Ministers, it became more practical to establish separate networks for Eastern and Southern Africa.

  3. For the Southern Africa Development Community ("SADC") region, a consultative meeting was convened by the Food Security Technical and Administrative Unit ("FSTAU"), Southern African Centre for Cooperation in Agriculture and Natural Resources Research and Training ("SACCAR") and the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension at the University of Zimbabwe.

  4. The Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension at the University of Zimbabwe then facilitated the launching of a regional FANR consortium and network for Southern Africa at a meeting held in July, 1997. The participants at the meeting were drawn from ministries of agriculture, farmers' organisations, research organisations and universities in the SADC region.

  5. The network was established to build on a long term investment and commitment already made in universities, national agricultural research institutes and policy analysis units in Southern Africa and to enable policy analysis units to collaborate more efficiently and service the policy makers and other stakeholders in the SADC region.

  6. It has been agreed by all stakeholders that the FANR policy analysis network ("FANRPAN") should be constituted as a separate and autonomous legal entity.

  7. To give effect to the wishes and desires of the member states in the SADC region (namely Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe), the various farmers' organisations, research institutions, departments of agricultural economics at universities in the SADC region, agricultural experts and academics, non governmental and private sector organisations involved in agriculture, and other stakeholders, the following institutions hereby collectively promote the establishment of a network which shall be constituted as an independent universitas in terms of this Constitution:

    • Directorate of Research and Development, University of Botswana, Botswana.
    • Agriculture Policy Research Unit, University of Malawi, Malawi.
    • Department of Agricultural Economics, Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique.
    • Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit, Namibia.
    • Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
    • Economic and Social Research Foundation, Tanzania.
    • Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Zambia, Zambia.
    • Southern African Policy and Economic Series Trust, Zimbabwe.
    • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, University of Zimbabwe.
    ("the Promoters")

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