FANRPAN Dialogue Issue 02, Volume VII: Meeting the demand for effective food, agriculture and natural resources policy analysis in Southern Africa


Meeting the demand for effective food, agriculture and natural resources policy analysis in Southern Africa 

FANRPAN convened a 3-day stakeholders’ planning meeting to review its operational strategy and its constitution ( 

FANRPAN Regional Stakeholders Meeting Delegates, Johannesburg, May 2007. 

FANRPAN reviewed and endorsed its 8-year (2007-2015) operational strategy ahead of the upcoming annual general meeting (AGM) in September 2007, which will give final approval. In conjunction with the strategy, the stakeholders reviewed the current FANRPAN constitution and advised on the necessary constitutional amendments that must accompany the implementation of the new strategic direction. Stakeholder endorsement was deemed critical at this stage because the strategy is based on multi-stakeholder involvement, not only in its roll out, but also in the mobilization of the accompanying human and financial resources. The main outcome of the meeting was thus strong stakeholder commitment to advancing the Strategic Plan, as well as participating actively in resource mobilization. 


The meeting brought together 80 FANRPAN stakeholders representing member country farmer organizations, donors, partner organizations and consultants. The representatives were made up as follows: member countries – Angola (1), Botswana (4), Lesotho (4), Malawi (4), Mauritius (3), Mozambique (2), Namibia (4), South Africa (3), Swaziland (3), Tanzania (3), Zambia (4) and Zimbabwe (4); CGIAR centers – CIAT, IITA, ILRI and IWMI; farmer organizations – Namibia FO; Zambia FO, South Africa-NAFU and SACAU; donors – USAID and Southern Africa Trust; NEPAD (1); SADC (2); AU (1); COMESA (1); partner organizations – Trade Hub, Caribbean Policy Network, FARA, HSRC and ODI; and four consultants.

The Zambia, Swaziland, Lesotho and Mauritius delegations were led by the Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Agriculture, and the Malawi and Swaziland delegations included honorable members of parliament from their legislative assemblies. All country delegations included researchers, farmers and policy analysts from the national universities. 


This meeting was held in the context of an already on-going FANRPAN capacity-strengthening and strategic planning process that began over the 2005-2006 period. A stakeholders’ meeting held in September 2006 provided inputs for the first draft of the strategic plan. The meeting was therefore cognizant of the changing operational context and new realities that FANRPAN finds itself facing - five years after inception. The meeting recognized the need for FANRPAN to re-position itself amidst new players and new national, regional and international commitments, such as the SADC-RISDP, SADC-MAPP, COMESA Agricultural Plan, NEPAD-CAADP, AU Agriculture and Food Security Programme, FARA-FAAP, UN-MDGs, and new national agricultural and poverty reduction strategies. The stakeholders acknowledged that FANRPAN needs a refined strategy that will ensure that it remains relevant in this new context.