There are many prevailing opportunities to make an impact on nutrition, food security and climate change. To create the impact that FANRPAN seeks to achieve, with a clear vision and strategic goals in hand, FANRPAN’s strategic choice deals with where to focus to create the greatest impact.

FANRPAN has chosen to focus on thematic areas with the intent to align closer to the new strategic goals and to become experts in those chosen fields. FANRPAN focuses on two primary thematic areas thrusts:

Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA)

This thematic area seeks to use evidence-based policies as a means to transform agricultural regions that are most at risk of climate change and to educate key African decision makers on the impacts of climate change. In particular FANRPAN seeks to promote policies that encourage new climate-robust seed varieties and livestock breeds and policies to promote sound water management (e.g. water harvesting, modernization of irrigation infrastructure, soil moisture retention, and redirection of water). FANRPAN seeks improved yields within CSA systems and sustainable ways of financing this transformation.

Climate Smart Agriculture addresses the following issue areas:  Adaptation  |  Mitigation  |  Resilience  |  Financing and policy  |  Community of practices

Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA)

This thematic areas seeks to use evidence-based policies as a means to improve and sustain access to nutrient-rich food. In particular FANRPAN encourages policies that promote access for farmers to nutrient-rich fertilizers and seeds both through market mechanisms and education. FANRPAN encourages policies that support food fortification and improve access to fortified foods to improve the overall health of populations. FANRPAN seeks policies and government initiatives that aim to make farmers and households (particularly women who grow up to 80% of the continent’s food [1]) more informed about the choices impacting the nutrition of their communities or families.

Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture addresses the following issue areas:  Production and income  |  Knowledge and behaviour  |  Women’s empowerment  |  Financing and policy  |  Community of practices

Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building

This thematic areas focuses across both of the above areas and consolidates the significant achievements to date to become true leaders in these fields and the voice for Africa.

At the heart of these three dimensions lies policy, and the opportunity for FANRPAN as a network of networks think tank to make an impact through driving sound policy, policy implementation and policy leadership.