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

Regional Methodology Workshop for Seed Studies: Relief seed trade; seed voucher study and fertilizer trade in the SADC region
A synthesis report

Pretoria, South Africa
8 May 2006 - 9 May 2006


The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is an autonomous FANR policy research outfit in Southern Africa constituted as a multi-partner network of agricultural research institutions in the region recognized by governments, universities, private sector and civil society as a source of expert FANR policy research and analysis. FANRPAN is now recognized in the region as a multi-stakeholder public policy dialogue platform, a multi-country pool of researchers and policy analysts and a knowledge management and information exchange network.

The origins of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) can be traced to the first Conference of Ministers in Agriculture of Eastern and Southern Africa, which was held in Harare in April 1994. At the meeting, the Ministers agreed to support the establishment of an autonomous regional agricultural policy network to "enhance the capacity for FANR policy formulation and analysis in the region". This historic meeting resulted from the concern for the desperate state of the food, agriculture and natural resources sector of the region.

FANRPAN builds on a long-term investment and commitment already made by governments in establishing universities, national agricultural research institutes, and policy analysis units in Southern Africa. The main policy research areas are food security, markets and trade, land policy reform, natural resource management and more recently the impact of HIV and AIDS on agriculture. The FANRPAN mission is to provide a forum to coordinate, influence and facilitate independent policy research; analysis and dialogue at national and regional level to ensure a food secure SADC.

FANRPAN is, thus, mandated to work in all SADC countries and is currently active in 11 of the 14 SADC countries namely: Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. FANRPAN works through an intersectoral country platform designated as a country node. The country nodes implement in-country stakeholders consultation meetings to define agenda, policy research and analysis, advocacy and training. The Mozambique FANRPAN node is one of the eleven FANRPAN nodes in 11 SADC member countries, which represent the FANRPAN country institution.

FANRPAN is conducting three agricultural inputs studies in 2006 as part of its policy research and analysis work towards agricultural policy harmonization in the SADC region - funded by USAID - RCSA. These studies are part of a set of other policy studies that FANRPAN is carrying out in preparation for its annual multi-stakeholder regional policy dialogue due in September 2006. The regional dialogue brings together leading policy makers and key stakeholders in the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources sector across the regional to discuss present and future policy directions for a food secure SADC. The engagement process at the regional dialogue is based on credible research findings from a series of multi-country studies carried out by various research teams assembled from international, regional and country level research institutions.

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