Newsletter Dialogue Series. Issue no. 1, Volume XI, February 2011

The Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) co-hosted a Regional Conservation Agricultural Symposium together with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). The event took place on the 8-10 February 2011 in Johannesburg - South Africa. 

The symposium was an initiative of the Southern Africa Conservation Agriculture Regional Working Group (CARWG). CARWG identified the need to bring together practitioners to share and debate existing knowledge, and explore ways to strengthen information and evidence generation. 

The objectives of the CA Symposium were to share and document information on the social and economic impacts of CA technologies in the region; to share and document experiences on CA scale up approaches and impacts and to identify key areas for research and development and explore institutional and policy innovations for Conservation Agriculture scale up.