A Happy New Year to you all! I hope you celebrated the end of 2013 and the start of 2014 in good spirits with family, friends and colleagues.
2013 was an eventful year for FANRPAN. The Network has stood as a testament to genuine transformation. With an energetic management team and node coordinators, a dedicated board, loyal contributors, and friends, we are accomplishing great things!
Some strides have been made over the past decade to enhance agricultural development across Africa. However, we cannot escape the reality that the continent continues to face serious challenges of hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty. This reality has prompted the African Union (AU) Assembly of African Heads of State and Governments to declare 2014 the Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa.
FANRPAN has to be in the forefront in championing this theme which speaks to our vision of a food secure Africa free from hunger and poverty.
Achieving this goal is both necessary and possible. It requires us to continue working in partnership and as a collective.I would like to thank those that completed the Global Think Tanks survey. We look forward to the results.
Allow me to further take this opportunity to inform you of the following staff members that have left the FANRPAN Regional Secretariat: (1) Mr Ian Mashingaidze, Programme Manager: Institutional Capacity Building & CAADP; (2) Ms Ayanda Mafu, Finance Manager; (3) Ms Sifiso Ndlovu, Senior Administrator; (4) Ms Siphokazi Philip, Communications Consultant and (5) Mr. Sandile Ngcamphalala, Project Assistant: Natural Resources
Very best wishes to everyone for good health and prosperity in 2014!
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda (PhD)
Chief Executive Officer & Head of Mission