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CSA national dialogue - CSA policy scoping study validation
The rainbow towers, Harare, Zimbabwe
29 January 2014

CSA national dialogue
CSA policy scoping study validation
29th January, 2014; The rainbow towers, Harare, Zimbabwe

FANRPAN (Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources Policy Analysis Workshop) has engaged the services of 16 national consultants to conduct CSA scoping studies in 16 countries to gain a better of what is known on CSA and how the different countries are responding in terms of policies, frameworks, gender, innovation and practices. With support from NORAD FANRPAN in partnership with Agricultural research Council (ARC) in Zimbabwe convenes the CSA national dialogue with the objectives to: 1) To share the draft CSA scoping study report outputs with stakeholders; 2) To validate the outputs from the draft CSA scoping study report; 3) To solicit policy recommendations from stakeholders; and 4) To introduce Theatre for Policy Advocacy (TPA) approach.

Where and who was present

The workshop was held at Rainbow Towers, Harare, Zimbabwe on the 29th January, 2014 and attended by a total of 34 participants representing Universities: University of Zimbabwe; NGOs: (Oxfam, CWAT); Development partners (FAO); Government Ministries ( AGRITEX, Fisheries, APT irrigation, DR & SS (Dept of research and special services); Research institutions (ARC); Farmers (Youth Fish farmer); Farmer organisations (ZCFU); Private Sector and media (Theatre consultant, MEF Zimbabwe, ZBC- SFM, Newsday (F/L); CCOSA) and Theatre Students. There was also a strong representative of the youth.

The workshop proceedings were facilitated by Dr Isaiah Mharapara (ARC and FANRPAN national node coordinator) and Ms Hlami Ngwenya (FANRPAN secretariat), with Prof Emanuel Manzungu (UZ and CSA consultant) presenting the CSA scoping study report. The participants were divided into groups to discuss and interrogate the CSA study report in terms of what is new and where the gaps were. The participants also provide additional inputs with regard to the CSA and gender aspects.

Some of the emerging Policy recommendations were:
  • There is a need a Zimbabwean brewed definition of Climate Smart Agriculture.
  • Need for legal framework to address CSA issues.
  • Appropriate Government structures that can implement CSA
  • Synthesis and analysis of CSA should be in the public domain for policy formulation
  • Integration of CSA into the policy harmonization process (Land Act, Environmental Management Authority, Agriculture, Mining, Energy, etc)
  • Need appropriate policies formulated in the areas of land, agriculture, climate change. These policies (Land Policy, Agricultural Policy and Climate Change Policy) should be implemented and monitored and evaluated for adherence. As for the existing policies, there was need to incorporate CSA that communicates and informs people
  • More resources need to be put towards capacity building and training of women and youths

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