Dialogue Volume 4 Issue 2: FANRPAN hosts a high level policy dialogue on policy strategies needed to promote permanent agricultural recovery and productivity growth in the SADC region

Following the policy dialogue on "Agricultural Recovery, Food Security and Trade Policies" hosted by FANRPAN in Gaborone, Botswana in March 2003, in conjunction with CTA and USAID-RCSA, it was decided that the policy recommendations from the dialogue be properly packaged and updated for onward submission to high level policy decision-makers in the region, accompanied by bankable action plans and investment projects. At this year's annual dialogue, convened in the month of March 2004 in Mauritius, the recommendations from Botswana were tabled as keynote papers. 

The delegates at the high level dialogue included high level policy makers, the Honourable Minister of Tourism Anil Kumar Gayan representing the Mauritian Minister of Agriculture and the Government, members from various sections of the Department of Agriculture and other organizations in Mauritius, Mr Carl Greenidge, CTA Director, Ms Vongai Kandiwa of the Rockefeller Foundation, Professor Firmino Mucavelle from the NEPAD Steering Committee, representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture, other donor and strategic partner institutions including ICRISAT, the Foreign Affairs Representative in the French Government, representatives of IDEAA, representatives from the Michigan State University (MSU), FANRPAN Node Coordinators, researchers from FANRPAN's partner institutions and FANRPAN board members.