Advocating for the active Engagement of the Youth in the Agricultural Value Chain

19 - 23 September 2011
Ezulwini, Swaziland

FANRPAN 2011 Food Security Regional Policy Dialogue: Guide

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Date: 
September 2011

The Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland and the Swaziland Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Node (Coordinating Assembly of NGO’s – CANGO) have graciously offered to host the 2011 FANRPAN Annual Policy Dialogue and Annual General Meeting. The event draws together representatives of FANRPAN's constituents from all African and non-African institutions involved in African agricultural research and development. These include the Sub-Regional Organizations (SROs), farmers' organizations and pastoralists' associations, the agricultural research institutions, universities, NGOs and private enterprises that comprise the national agricultural research systems (NARS), non-African advanced research institutions (ARIs), the International agricultural research centres (IARCs), international NGOs, policy makers, private sector and Africa's development partners in food, agriculture and natural resources (FANR).

Given the renewed emphasis on employment creation and challenges facing the engagement of the youth in the agricultural sector, the 2011 FANRPAN Annual Regional Dialogue will speak to the theme:

“ADVOCATING FOR THE ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT OF THE YOUTH IN THE AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN”

The 2011 FANRPAN Regional Food Security Regional Policy Dialogue – from now on called Regional Policy Dialogue – will provide an opportunity for FANR stakeholders (Government ministries responsible for FANR; policy research institutions such as relevant university departments; private sector national umbrella organizations which deal with FANR; national farmers' organizations; and civil society organizations) to review the current status of youth engagement in agriculture value chains, and to share lessons and experience, challenges and opportunities in this regard. The Policy Dialogue will also showcase best practices from across the continent in line with five FANRPAN thematic thrusts:

  • Food Systems;
  • Agriculture Productivity and Markets;
  • Natural Resources and Environment;
  • Social Protection and Livelihoods;
  • Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building.