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

FANRPAN voted in the top 100 think tank ranking for the third year
26 February 2016

26 February 2016, Pretoria, South Africa (FANRPAN): Think Tanks in Africa continue to play a major role in policy development and implementation. Though fewer in number than in Asia, Europe and America, African think tanks have joined the ranks of excellence. The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) has been ranked 13 out of 92 in Sub-Saharan Africa and 55 out of 175 globally in the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (TTI), led by the University of Pennsylvania through its Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP).

  • Top Social Policy Think Tanks: 30 out of 100
  • Best Advocacy Campaign: 40 out of 90
  • Best Government Affiliated Think Tanks: 54 out of 69
  • Best Think Tank Conference: 15 out of 61
  • Best Think Tank Network: 50 out of 79
  • Best Transdisciplinary Research Think Tanks: 15 out of 80
  • Best Use of Social Networks: 69 out of 79
  • Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Thanks

Commenting on the ranking of FANRPAN, CEO Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, stated that "The report pits FANRPAN against global think tanks such as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, USA, Brookings Institute, USA, and Chatham House, UK and at the regional level against the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), IMANI Center for Policy and Education, Ghana and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Senegal. This shows that as FANRPAN looks forward to celebrating its 20 year anniversary in 2017, we have reason to celebrate the great strides in our policy research and advocacy work on food, agriculture and natural resources policies. As we embark on our new 2016-2020 Strategic Medium Term Plan, the front runners in the rankings have set a benchmark for growth."

Under the Best Transdisciplinary Research Think Tanks category, FANRPAN was rated 15 out of 80, thanks to the recently launched flagship programme called - Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU): Improving Nutrition Outcomes Through Optimized Agricultural Investments. The programme is a regional initiative and answers the question "What can agriculture programs do to achieve positive nutrition outcomes?" FANRPAN has assembled a leading global consortium of African and international organizations to design, pilot, rigorously evaluate and promote a range of nutrition sensitive agriculture interventions that will improve the nutrition outcomes of agricultural programs.


Established in 1997, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is a continental think tank that focusses on three broad objectives, namely to promote the development of appropriate agricultural policies in order to reduce poverty, enhance food security in Africa, and promote sustainable agricultural development in Africa. FANRPAN achieves this through facilitating linkages and partnerships between government and civil society, building the capacity for policy analysis and policy dialogue in Africa and supporting demand-driven policy research and analysis. Currently, FANRPAN is present in seventeen (17) African countries and has a network that includes, among others government, private sector, civil society organisations, farmer organisations, partner think tanks and development partners.

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