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Lesotho SECCAP Common Vision Workshop
28 March 2012

Strengthening Evidence-Based Climate Change Adaptation Policies (SECCAP) in agriculture is a three-year project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) as part of the African Adaptation Research Centres (AARC) initiative. The overall objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of policy analysts and scientists in the fields of agriculture, climate and socio-economics to collectively build a strong base of evidence on cropping systems to inform adaptation policies and investment decisions.

The first SECCAP Common Vision Workshop for Lesotho was in held Maseru on 20th March 2012. The objective of the workshop was to review project activities, introduce students and supervisors to national stakeholders, share student research work, discuss way forward for university closures, discuss Lesotho node hosting issues, and map a way forward for delayed project activities.

The common vision workshop is a communication platform for researches and national stakeholders. This workshop was attended by 25 participants, represented by Lesotho Meteorology Services, farmers union, World Vision, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Department of Planning and Policy Analysis and National University of Lesotho (NUL).

Key outputs from the workshop included:
  • Supervisors and students will be actively involved in project activities during university closures;
  • NUL will continually engage with the farming community and policy institutions on project activities and outputs;
  • While project activities will be headed by Dr Mokhothu, students and supervisors will actively be engaged in communicating any issues related to the project;
  • It was also suggested that the stakeholders should be invited at meetings when critical financial and technical decisions are discussed at NUL;
  • An interim committee was set up to oversee FANRPAN node issues. This committee is represented by the Faculty of Agriculture (Dr Mokhothu); Department of Economics (Mrs Rapapa) and Department of Sociology (Mrs Thope). After consultation with the Pro VC, NUL will inform FANRPAN and national stakeholders on the lead person.

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