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Strengthening Capacity to Support The Development of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policies in East and Southern Africa

  • Project Name:
    Strengthening Capacity to Support The Development of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policies in East and Southern Africa
    Institution :
    Food Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FARNPAN)
    • Core Competence:
      Enhancing capacity to engage and regulate the Productive Sector
    Project Region :
    Eastern & Southern Africa
    Country :
    Republic of South Africa
    Status :
    Active
    Grant Number :
    295
    Grant Amount (USD):
    3 000 000
    Commitment Date:
    2012
    Closing Date:
    2017
    Introduction:

    FANRPAN is a not-for-profit voluntary regional organization established in 2003 to support the development and implementation of better Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) policies in East and Southern Africa. Its members include universities, research institutes, the business sector, farmer groups and civil society organizations that have a stake in FANR policies organized in country nodes. FANRPAN was rated in the top thirty think tanks in Africa by the University of Pennsylvania and was specifically cited for effective use of science and technology.

    Project Description:

    The specific objectives of the intervention are to: (i) enhance the capacity of the FANRPAN RegionalSecretariat to carry out itsadvocacy and networking mandate;(ii) enhance the capacity of Country Nodes (which are housed in strategicpolicyunits in the ESA countries) to facilitateadvocacy on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) policy formulation in coordination and coherencewith the FANRPAN Secretariat; and (iii) strengthenknowledge, learning and information sharing within FANRPAN networks. The intervention will in addition ensure the effective engagement of women in all aspects of the project as women are the majority of the actors at tends tarting end of the agricultural value chain. The project has the followingthree main components:- (i) improving the organizational performance at the level of the FANRPAN RegionalSecretariat (ii) Capacity building component at the level of 16 Country nodes ; (iii) Knowledge Management, Communication and Dissemination component at the level of the networks whichaggregate 670 membersin 16 countries comprising a diverse group of organizations (includinguniversities, research institutes, the business sector, farmer groups and other civil society organizations) that have a stake in FANR policyprocesses.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.


H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.


H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.


Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.


Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.


Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana
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