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

19 - 23 September 2011
Ezulwini, Swaziland


Awards Ceremony
19 September 2011 (Monday)

  • 17:00 - 19:00 - Awards Ceremony
    • Programme Director - Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture – Dr. Robert Thwala
    • Cultural Entertainment
    • Flag Raising Ceremony
    • Swaziland National Anthem
    • Remarks by FANRPAN Board Chairman, Hon Sindiso Ngwenya
    • Remarks by the H.E. Right Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Barnabas Dlamini
    • Video Highlights of Previous FANRPAN Food Security Policy Leadership Awards
    • Citation and Presentation of FANRPAN Awards by Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda
    • Presentation of FANRPAN Awards by Hon Sindiso Ngwenya
    • Dinner

Youth in the Agriculture Value Chain
20 September 2011 (Tuesday)

  • 08:30 - 10:00 - Official Opening
    • Programme Director - Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture - Dr. Robert Thwala
    • Official Welcome by Regional Administrator Dr. M Sibandze
    • FANRPAN Overview (Dr Lindiwe Sibanda)
      • Video Highlights
      • Key Achievements (2008 – 2011)
      • New Initiatives for 2011 and Beyond
    • Remarks by Minister of Agriculture Hon. Clement Dlamini
    • Official Address by H.E. Right Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Barnabas Dlamini

    Group Photo

  • 10:30 - 12:00 - Session 1: CAADP - Opportunities for the youth: Presentation on Food Systems

    Facilitated by Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

    • CAADP status in 2010 - Video Highlights from the FANRPAN 201 Regional Policy Dialogue, Namibia
    • CAADP status in 2011
      • Tanzania and Malawi - Technical Review of National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIP)
      • DRC, Swaziland and Zambia - Preparing NAIPs
      • Mozambique and Zimbabwe - preparing to sign the CAADP Compact
      • Botswana and Mauritius - Just starting to implement CAADP
    • Key Note Presentation by New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD)

    Panel Discussion

    • FANRPAN CAADP Coordinator
    • Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
    • The Pan-African Agribusiness and Agro-industry Consortium (PAANAC)
    • African Fertilizer Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
    • Feed the Future - USAID

    Facilitated Discussions

  • 12:00 - 13:00 - Session 2: Youth and Rural Livelihoods and Social Protection

    Facilitated by Mr Ian Mashingaidze
    Side event information

    • Key Note Presentations The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and
    • The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA)

    Panel Discussion

    • World Vision Swaziland
    • DP Foundation
    • Children & AIDS Regional Initiative (CARI), UNICEF

    Facilitated Discussions

  • 14:00 - 15:30 - Session 3: Youths in Markets for Africa's Green Revolution

    Facilitated by Ms Sifiso Ndlovu

    • Presentation on FANRPAN Agriculture Markets and Productivity Projects
    • Key Note Presentation by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

    Panel Discussion

    • Farmers Forum for Trade and Social Justice (FAFOTRAJ)
    • National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM)
    • Seed Traders Association of Malawi (STAM)

    Facilitated Discussions

  • 16:00 - 17:30 - Session 4: Youths Safeguarding Africa’s Natural Resource and the Environment

    Facilitated by Dr. Amy Sullivan
    Side event information

    • Key Note Presentation by Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) Global

    Panel Discussion

    • FANRPAN Climate Change Project Coordinator
    • WaterNet
    • Namibian Youth Coalition on Climate Change

    Facilitated Discussions

  • 19:00 - FANRPAN Annual General Meeting

    Networking evening

Youth Case Studies: Needs and experiences
21 September 2011 (Wednesday)

  • 08:30 - 10:00 - Session 5: Lessons from Africa and Beyond: Showcasing Global Youth Initiatives
    • Welcome by Principal Secretary of Agriculture – Dr. Robert Thwala
    • Keynote Address by Minister of Youth and Development Hon. Hlobsile Ndlovu
    • Remarks by Michael Hailu – Director of Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)
    • Global Youth Initiatives
      • 4-H Youth Development Organization
      • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
      • Caribbean Agricultural Forum for Youth (CAFY)
      • Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Policy Network (PAFPNet)
      • FAO Children and Youth Development Program (CYDP)

  • 10:30 - 13:00 - Session 6: Case Studies of Innovative Youth Initiatives

    Case Studies of Innovative Youth Initiatives

    • Angola
    • Botswana
    • DR Congo
    • Lesotho
    • Kenya
    • Malawi
    • Madagascar
    • Mauritius - University of Mauritius

    Facilitated Discussions

  • 14:00 - 15:30 - Session 7: Case Studies of Innovative Youth Initiatives
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • South Africa - Commercial Agriculture Youth Chamber of South Africa
    • Swaziland - Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
    • Tanzania
    • Uganda – Women of Uganda Network
    • Zambia – Ndola Youth Resources Center
    • Zimbabwe - ORAP

    Facilitated Discussions

  • 16:00 - 17:30 - Session 8: Advocating for holistic, coherent, inter-sectoral youth and agriculture policies
    • Presentation by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
    • Presentation by Jose Fonseca - Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

    Briefing on the Field Visit

  • 17:30 - 18:00 - Press Briefing
  • 19:00 - Offical openning dinner

    (TRADITIONAL SWAZI DINNER + DANCING) - Officiated by Minister of Youth and Development - Hon. Hlobsile Ndlovu

Swaziland Day
22 September 2011 (Thursday)

  • 08:00 - 14:00 - Session 9: Site Visits

    Site Visit 1: HVI

    The HVI project, a brainchild of FANRPAN in partnership with the University of Venda and World Vision Swaziland researched the community of Mpolonjeni, mapped out the various needs in order to tailor aid according to the needs of households. Join us as we take you through a Swazi journey that paints a picture of the different households found in the Mpolonjeni community, across the three HVI categories: Low, medium and high vulnerability households and to see the differentiator. Vulnerability mapping will go a long way in informing how interventions should be targeted so as to alleviate poverty and address food security issues.


    • To showcase the FANRPAN HVI Tool results
    • To showcase World Vision Swaziland’s response to the HVI study results
    • To create awareness of the standard of living in Swaziland
    • To allow delegates an opportunity to interact with members of the households at various strata

    Site Visit 2: Swazi Secrets

    SIP is a company that produces the Swazi Secrets range of products under the patronage of Her Majesty the Indlovukazi. Swazi Secrets began life as a project to help poor rural Swazi women to generate income from the natural products that grow around them. It is now owned by its Member Groups of rural suppliers and expanding its horizons to also assist them in a number of social developments, in particular the formation of Self Help Groups and a Rural Livelihoods Programme.

    The indigenous Marula tree is known for being the King of African trees. The different parts of the tree have different uses, and it is most popular for its fruit that are used for liquor. The Indlovukazi’s (Queen Mother) foresight, added on to the uses of the tree, by getting Swazi rural women to further use the Marula fruit seed by crushing them and harvest the nuts inside.

    The nuts are used to extract Marula oil, which is packaged in Swaziland and exported as cosmetic products.

    The purpose of the site visit is to:

    • Showcase the contribution of the Queen Mother in empowering rural women
    • Create awareness of how Swazi Secrets contributes to food security and to the economy of the country
    • Inform delegates about the benefits of the indigenous marula fruit and the products of Swazi Secrets

  • 16:00 - 18:00 - Session 10

    Reflections on the Swazi Experience

    • World Vision Area Development programme
    • Swazi Secrets - Amarula Value Chain

    Book Launch

    • The New Harvest Agricultural Innovation in Africa
      (Calestous Juma)

    Facilitated Discussions

  • 18:00 - 19:00 - Press Briefing
  • 19:00 - Networking Evening

Policy Advocacy
23 September 2011 (Friday)

  • 08:00 - 10:00 - Session 11: Showcasing FANRPAN Advocacy Tools
    • Electronic Platforms
    • Journalists in Agriculture Food security and climate Change
    • Community Theatre

  • 11:30 - 13:00 - Session 12
    • Gogo farmers "From hand hoes to the IPAD Generation"
    • Conference Outputs and Resolutions
    • Closing Remarks

  • 14:00 - 17:00 - Departure