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

Database of Climate Change Experts: Uganda
17 September 2011

The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) in collaboration with Makerere University has commissioned the establishment of a database of stakeholders in policy research and advocacy in the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) sector in the regions from private , public and civil society sectors. The established database hosts data on activities and programmes of these organizations both in print and electronic form. The database system is user-friendly to cater for differing computer literacy skills of all stakeholders involved.

The project has input into the Rockefeller Foundation's "Building Climate Change Resilience Initiative", whose mission is to build climate change resilience - that is to equip communities with the ability to plan for, survive, recover from, and even thrive in changing climatic conditions. The project has contributed to the Africa-wide programmes implemented by the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) i.e., Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) ,in partnership with the Member States, African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCNE) - which is currently chaired by South Africa) and the African Union Commission (AUC).

The overall goal of the project was to strengthen the capacity of Agriculture research centres to mainstream climate change into their programs, to ensure that climate variability does not undermine agriculture development in Africa, and to bridge the divide between climate science and agriculture science. The project objectives were the following:
  1. Regional Scientific Networking, to link climate science research with relevant agriculture research in the region and internationally.
  2. Science-Policy Interface, to link national researchers with policymakers, the private sector, civil society and representatives of regional agriculture and climate change programmes; and
  3. Knowledge Management and Communication, to collect, package and disseminate agriculture and climate policy briefs outputs, and news for use by key stakeholders.

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