Wednesday, 9 September 2009

FANRPAN High Level Regional Policy Dialogue

31 August to 4 September. The 2009 FANRPAN High Level Regional Policy Dialogue was held in Maputo Mozambique. The theme for the 2009 annual dialogue was “True Contribution of Agriculture to Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Southern African countries.”

The Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is spearheading the coordination of the implementation of CAADP within Southern Africa at the national and regional level.

Dr David Kamchacha, the FANRPAN CAADP programme manager, said that the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)contacted the network to help with speeding up the process of agricultural reforms.
"They wanted FANRPAN to bring together governments, civil society, farmers themselves and researchers at a national level to work together. "With this facilitation, some countries are already budgeting above the 10 percent benchmark set in Maputo. Since its launch in 2003, there are only four countries that have reached full implementation stage, and we are talking about 19 countries that signed up to CAADP. But it has been a challenge for FANRPAN to bring all the stakeholders in to work together in implementing agricultural reforms".