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

FANRPAN Consolidated Annual Report
March 2007 - March 2010
15 September 2011


It is slightly over a decade since eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa came together to form this policy network, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN). Today, the network is 13 members strong and enjoys ever-increasing support from the international agricultural community.

It is most encouraging to look back and see the progress that has been made over the years. As incoming chairman of the Board of Governors, I pay tribute to the founders and my predecessors, Prof. Mandivamba Rukuni (2000-2002), Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda (2002-2004) and Prof. Haidari K. Amani (2004-2007), for their dedication and achievements. That the formation of FANRPAN – a multi-stakeholder platform – was in response to a call by our Ministers of Agriculture is testimony to the ingenuity of our fore bearers and their desire to inform policy makers at national and regional levels.

The need for FANRPAN's work remains stronger than ever. As Africa grapples with the problems of food insecurity, the impact of diseases, especially HIV and AIDS, and the adverse effects of climate change on agricultural production and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, a strong network of expertise is crucial for facing these challenges. FANRPAN is well positioned to take a leadership role in providing viable policy options to governments and the regional economic communities.

In 2007, FANRPAN launched the Strategic Plan 2007-2015 to give impetus to the network and ensure that FANRPAN achieves its long-term objectives. This was initiated with the new Business Plan 2007-2012 to take the network to higher levels of operations, emphasising capacity building for policy research and advocacy across all our stakeholder groups. FANRPAN has also approved a new constitution that has strengthened our framework and given us fresh mandate in policy advocacy and research throughout the region and globally.

I would like to thank all our development partners who have supported FANRPAN up to now and have helped us establish a strong network across sub-Saharan Africa. We look forward to strengthening these existing partnerships and exploring further relationships to expand the reach and scope of our network.

I welcome you to join us in celebrating the successes highlighted in this report and the optimistic path on which we have embarked to help shape a policy environment for a food secure and economically prosperous region in the future.

Sindiso Ngwenya
COMESA Secretary General

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