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FANRPAN Convenes a national policy dialogue on Post-Harvest Management and Climate Smart Agriculture National Policy Dialogue
Maputo, Mozambique
6 July 2016

Stakeholders who attended the national policy dialogue

FANRPAN in collaboration with the Eduardo Mondlane University, Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering, and with funding from the Swiss Development Cooperation and the African Capacity Building Foundation convened a national policy dialogue in Mozambique on the 6th of July 2016. The objective of the national policy dialogue was to validate the study on Gender Roles and Relationships and Social Equity in Post-Harvest Management (PHM). The national policy dialogue was also meant to discuss Climate Smart Agriculture in Mozambique in light of new developments such as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and the Paris Climate Change Agreement under the UNFCCC as well as the presentation of Postharvest Management Manual.

The event was attended by over 50 participants including representative from the ministry of gender, the Permanent Secretary from the ministry of agriculture and the Dean from the Faculty of Agriculture at Eduardo Mondlane University. Key issues that came out from the discussion include the following:

  • There is no need to develop another PHM and CSA policy what is important is to ensure that the current agriculture policy is reviewed to respond to the two taking into account the whole agriculture value chain frame work.
  • There is need for recommendations from research to get to policy makers and government likewise needs to invest more on implementing these recommendations.
  • There is need to reduce or remove taxes on importation of PHM technologies like hermetic bags. This is making the technologies expensive for farmers and thus reducing the adoption rate.
  • The government needs to invest more on PHM training and awareness raising on Climate Change and CSA for smallholder farmers.
  • Immigration of men to South Africa in the Southern parts of Mozambique has affected the roles of PHM whereby women are now doing all activities including the heavy ones that were normally done by their husbands e.g. transportation of the harvest on bicycles.
  • There is need for government to conduct surveys on available water and find means of harnessing the resource for agriculture use.

Key presenters responding to questions from the participants

The last session of the event was dedicated to voting in of the new node coordinator in Mozambique. The stakeholders present including the PS voted for Prof Joao Mutondo who was holding fort as the interim coordinator to be the official Mozambique node coordinator.

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