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FANRPAN holds the Swaziland Inception Meeting for the "SECCAP for Agriculture" Project
Bethel Court, Mbabane
28 June 2011

Swaziland SECCAP Inception Workshop

The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) held an inception meeting for stakeholders in Swaziland for its new project, "Strengthening Evidence-Based Climate Change Adaptation Policies (SECCAP) for Agriculture", on 28 June 2011 at Bethel Court in Mbabane.

The meeting sought to discuss the project (implementation modalities and expected outputs and outcomes), the roles of different stakeholders, and to elect a Project Steering Committee.It was convened by the Coordinating Assembly for NGOs (CANGO), the node hosting institution for FANRPAN in Swaziland. The meeting was attended by 22 people from key sectors: the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland (Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy, and Department of Meteorological Services, Department of Energy, National Disaster Management Unit), the Swaziland National Farmers Union, civil society, and the media. FANRPAN was represented at the meeting by its climate change programme coordinator, Dr Sepo Hachigonta, and social protection and livelihoods programme coordinator, Mr Ian Mashingaidze.

Participants were welcomed to the meeting by Dr Absolom Manyatsi on behalf of the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Swaziland. He said that changing climate is a reality in Swaziland, and requires concerted efforts to counteract its impact, particularly for vulnerable communities relying on subsistence agriculture for their livelihood. The stakeholders that participated in the meeting agreed that the SECCAP project will go a long way in informing the development of a national adaptation strategy for the Kingdom of Swaziland. The country is not a least developed country (LDC), and has not been provided support to develop a national adaptation programme of action (NAPA). However, the country is eager to develop a strategy, and initial work has already commenced on some key sectors. The meeting called for the establishment of a National Research Council to coordinate national research in Swaziland. In closing the meeting on behalf of Government, the Director of the Swaziland Meteorological Services, Mr Emmanuel D Dlamini called on all stakeholders to commit themselves to ensure the success of the project.

FANRPAN received a grant from The African Adaptation Research Centres (AARC) initiative of the International Development Research Institute (IDRC) for the three-year SECCAP project.The overall objective of the project is to enhance the institutional capacity for policy analysts and scientists in the fields of agriculture, climate and socio-economics to collectively build a strong base of evidence on cropping systems and livelihoods to inform adaptation policies and investment decisions.Through the project, FANRPAN will work with partners in three countries (Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland) to:
  1. Generate solid scientific understanding of downscaled climate scenarios for three selected districts in Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland;
  2. Integrate downscaled climate scenarios with crop growth and adaptation models, and with district-wide household vulnerability information;
  3. Consequently determine the socio-economic feasibility of recommended cropping options;
  4. Contextualise the knowledge generated and help develop appropriate policy recommendations; and
  5. Transfer the knowledge generated across a wide range of beneficiaries, from decision makers to local communities.
The results from this process will contribute to evidence-based decision making for policy makers and development practitioners. In addition to generating evidence, the project will also:
  1. Train selected university students on climate modelling and scenario building, and to undertake costbenefit analysis of proposed adaptation options to changing climate;
  2. Strengthen the capacity of selected communities to use evidence generated by the project to advocate for better policies; and
  3. Encourage policymakers to demand evidence to inform policy processes.

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