FANRPAN and Partners’ stage Side Event at 2019 Civil Society Forum

Dates: 
19 August 2019

FANRPAN and its partners, CARE International (Southern Africa) and the Graça Machel Trust (GMT) attended the Southern Africa Civil Society Forum (CSF) which took place from the 13 – 15th August 2019 in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. Under the theme - “Towards A Prosperous & Integrated Africa – Equity & Justice For All”, the  2019 marked the fifteenth instalment of this annual event, the main platform that enables civil society in the region to analyse current developments, elaborate common strategies and foster solidarity between the civil society actors in pursuit of greater and more impactful engagement with SADC at regional and national levels. Held in the run up to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Summit, the timing allows for deliberations of the CSF to be fed into the regional economic community’s proceedings.

Taking advantage of this platform, FANRPAN and partners organised and staged a side event under the theme – ‘Status of implementation of the Malabo Declaration in SADC’, and had a special focus on nutrition, climate change and investment in climate smart agriculture. Mr. Vitumbiko Chinoko, the Advocacy and Partnerships Coordinator for CARE International’s Southern Africa office presented an overview of the side event, setting the scene for the nutrition and climate sub-themes. FANRPAN’s Director for Policy Advocacy and Communications, Mr. Francis Hale presented on Climate Change, whilst Mr. Tumaini Mikindo, the Executive Director of Partnership for Nutrition in Tanzania (PANITA), an implementing partner of GMT in Tanzania delivered the nutrition theme. The panel made a passionate plea for the delegates to embrace the agriculture development agenda, and help the national and regional governments to deliver against their commitments to the Malabo Declaration.

With an attendance of over 35 key civil society leaders, the side event was characterised by a lively question and answer. Noticeable commitments were made by attendees to immediately adopt and assume leadership of the agriculture development agenda in their countries. FANRPAN and the partner organisations were invited to engage across the different countries with non-agriculture civil societies to introduce the climate smart and nutrition sensitive agriculture agenda.

Commenting after the event, Mr. Chinoko sincerely thanked the partners for collaborating to successfully push the climate change, nutrition and agriculture investment message into the civil society space, given the difficulties that had been encountered in trying to secure participation in the CSF programme. Ms. Rachel Toku-Appiah, the Nutrition Programme Manager at GMT heralded the success in Dar el Salaam and highlighted that the power of partnerships is recognized in the SDGs. FANRPAN’s Chief Executive Officer praised the team, highlighting the need to maintain the momentum that this initial side event had generated.

The panelists for the side event (from left) Francis Hale,

Tumaini Mikindo, and Vitumbiko Chinoko

Francis Hale presenting during the side-event

 

    Vitumbiko Chinoko delivers overview ofthe side