Node Quarterly Updates Issue 8

Welcome to the 8th edition of the FANRPAN Quarterly Newsletter.

I am pleased to introduce the 8th edition of the FANRPAN quarterly newsletter. We have had a busy and productive quarter at the Secretariat. As stated in our last newsletter, plans for the new FANRPAN Strategic Plan are underway as we begin to map the way for its development. We continue to work hard on our partnerships and networks. In this reporting quarter, we participated in several high level fora that give us the space, leverage and voice to continue to advocate for a conducive food, agriculture and natural resources policy environment for a food secure Africa.

Two key events I would like to highlight - the launch of the Agriculture to Nutrition (ATONU): Improving Nutrition Outcomes through Optimized Agricultural Investments Project that took place on 28 October 2015 in Kampala, Uganda. This flagship project seeks to address the disconnect between agriculture and nutrition by answering the question what can agriculture do to deliver positive nutrition outcomes for smallholder farm families?.

The second is the forthcoming Conference of Parties - COP21 - also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, on 30 November - 11 December 2015, Paris, France. COP 21 will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. As you are aware, COP is the international political response to climate change that began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the ‘Rio Convention’ included the adoption of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” We, as FANRPAN, are going with one agenda “No Agriculture, No Deal”. We are campaigning for evidence-based dialogue to ensure African negotiators push for a binding and responsible deal that recognises the impacts of climate change on agriculture.

African Heads of State have agreed to an African position on climate change for the Paris talks, giving the continent a common voice for the first time in the history of the negotiations. As I keep reiterating, it is important to build strong partnerships that leverage our voice as a group but also give strength to individual institutions and, ultimately, our key stakeholders – the smallholder farmers. “No Agriculture, No Deal” is not a campaign that is removed from our everyday realities. We are living it each day. Join us at COP 21.

We hope you enjoy this edition and encourage you to send in your stories and ideas to for us to continue to make “The FANRPAN Quarterly” a platform for sharing experiences and innovative ideas.

Thank you
Lindiwe Majele Sibanda