FANRPAN Dialogue Issue 01, Volume VII: Promoting Regional Harmonization of FANR Policies


Promoting Regional Harmonization of FANR Policies 
Enhancing Participation of FANRPAN Nodes in the CAADP Processes: Zambia 

The Agricultural Consultative Forum (ACF) is a public/private agricultural sector stakeholder-driven consultative forum established to promote dialogue and foster partnerships in Zambia’s agriculture. Its vision is to see an inclusive, efficient, sustainable and prosperous agricultural sector and thereby contribute to national food security and income. 

ACF Outputs and Products 

The core activities of the Forum include facilitation of stakeholder consultations, provision of policy advisory services, stakeholder networking and information sharing, and monitoring of agricultural development programmes. 

Stakeholder Consultation: ACF facilitates stakeholder consultation by deliberately and consciously bringing stakeholders together in formal and informal interactive meetings. The ACF aims to hold at least one regular meeting for the main ACF at least once every month. Other meetings involving special interest groups and sub-fora are arranged, facilitated and hosted by the Forum Secretariat as required. 

Policy Advisory Services: The primary output of the ACF that drives all activities remains the Policy Advisory Note (PAN). The inclusion of issues raised by stakeholders ensures stakeholder participation and consensus in the formulation of policy and programmes designed to enhance agricultural development in Zambia. The main recipient of the PAN is not only Government. The ACF fully recognizes the key role other sectors have to play in developing Zambia’s agricultural sector. Therefore, ACF sends PANs to other agricultural-related authoritative line-ministries and decision-making institutions, public and private sector, that impact on agricultural development in Zambia. The Forum has also modified the format of the PAN to make it more problem-focused. The PAN is structured in a manner that highlights recommendations and alternative options and points out the consequences of not applying the recommended actions.