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

19 - 23 September 2011
Ezulwini, Swaziland

Kenya and Uganda join the FANRPAN Network

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Date: 
26 September 2011
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Dr Omiti, Mr Mbuni, Mr Opolot and Professor Kaaya hold their respective national flags at the 2011 FANRPAN Annual General Meeting

Kenya and Uganda were admitted as the 15th and 16th members of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) during the FANRPAN Annual General Meeting (AGM) that was held on 22 September 2011 in Ezulwini Valley, Swaziland. This is was a landmark occasion for the Network as it spreads from Southern Africa into East Africa following a resolution from the 2010 AGM held in Namibia that the Network goes Africawide.

Kenya was represented at the 2011 AGM by Dr. John M. Omiti (KIPPRA) and Mr. Paul Mbuni (National Chairman of the Kenya Society for Agricultural Professionals), whilst Uganda was represented by Professor Archilleo Kaaya (Makerere University) and Mr. Okasai Opolot (Director of Crop Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries). The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) is the interim node hosting institution for FANRPAN in Kenya, whilst the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University is the FANRPAN node hosting institution for Uganda.

The AGM was held during the 2011 Annual Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue held from 19 - 23 September on the theme “Advocating for the Active Engagement of the Youth in Agricultural Value Chains”. The Regional Dialogue was attended by 225 delegates from 20 countries in Africa and six countries outside Africa.

Stakeholders in the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) sector in Kenya and Uganda met recently and resolved to join FANRPAN. The stakeholders met for national dialogues that sought to develop a common understanding of how to climate proof agriculture research in the two countries, and to identify major players in this regard. The meetings were held on 14 September (Kenya) and 15 September (Uganda). FANR stakeholder groups represented in the meetings include government, farmers’ organisations, universities and research institutes, civil society and the media. FANRPAN was represented in the two meetings by Mr. Ian Mashingaidze (Programme Manager: Social Protection and Livelihoods).

FANRPAN, in collaboration with KIPPRA and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University, commissioned the establishment of databases of stakeholders in policy research and advocacy in the FANR sector in the two countries from private, public, civil society sectors. The initiative, which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, seeks to strengthen the capacity of agriculture research centres to mainstream climate change into their programmes, to ensure that climate variability does not undermine agriculture development in Africa, and to bridge the divide between climate science and agriculture science.