Overview of the Policy Dialogue
FANRPAN hosted a policy dialogue in Gaborone, Botswana from 26-27 March, 2003 to discuss agricultural recovery, food security and trade policies in southern Africa. The policy dialogue brought together more than 110 participants including leading policy economists, senior policy advisors, researchers, private sector leaders and non governmental organizations in the region, to identify and articulate the key policy constraints affecting agricultural recovery, trade and food security within the context of the 2002 food emergency. Keynote presentations gave an international perspective on agricultural recovery and long-term food policy and highlighted findings from studies commissioned by FANRPAN namely, 'A Short Term Food Study' and 'Trade Policy Study'. The invited professionals identified and examined key and immediate policy strategies that need to be addressed to ensure the permanent recovery of the agricultural sector and promotion of regional trade in the SADC region.