FANRPAN Annual High Level Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue 2010

FANRPAN's annual dialogue in capital next week

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24 August 2010
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WINDHOEK, 24 AUG (NAMPA) - The Food, Agriculture and Nature Resource Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)'s annual high-level regional food security policy dialogue will kick off in the capital on 30 August and run until 03 September.

Under the theme 'Livestock and fisheries policies for food security and trade in a changing climate', the agenda includes an overview and highlights of FANRPAN for 2009/2010; livestock in a changing climate with country experiences in Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa; fisheries in a changing climate in the same countries; as well as livestock initiatives in Namibia.

According to the programme, training for media practitioners is slated for Monday, while pre-dialogue meetings on the same day include the Platform for African and European Partnerships in Agriculture Research and Development (PAEPARD); Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme; Women Accessing Realigned Markets; and the Harmonized Seed Security Project.

Presenters include the Executive Director of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa Dr Julie Howard, who will give an overview of the United States of America (USA) Support for Agriculture and Food Security Programmes in Africa, as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for Commodity Trade in east and southern Africa (ACTESA) Chris Muyunda.

ACTESA is an agency for Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), established to integrate small farmers into national, regional and global markets as the implementing arm for COMESA.

Climate change, agriculture and food security is also on the agenda, and a plenary discussion on advocating for active engagement of the youth in the agricultural value chain.

The FANRPAN Food Security Policy Leadership award will be handed out on Thursday next week, together with the FANRPAN Civil Society Policy Movers and Shakers and the Media award.

The meeting ends Friday next week.
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