FANRPAN Annual High Level Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue 2010

Reporting Food Security and Trade in a Changing Climate

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31 August 2010
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Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa

About 200 agricultural experts from across Africa and beyond are meeting in Namibia at the annual regional food security policy dialogue of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (Fanrpan). On the agenda are some of the continent's most critical challenges.

Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa has teamed up with FANRPAN to provide independent editorial coverage of the Annual High Level Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue, with the theme of "Livestock & Fisheries Policies for Food Security and Trade in a Changing Climate" being held in Windhoek from August 30 – September 3.

Coverage of the meeting is being produced by a team of reporters who arrived earlier in the Namibian capital for a two-day training session run by IPS, on how to better report on issues of food security, trade and climate change in Africa.

"A majority of Africans live in rural areas and depend on farming for their livelihoods. Yet their voices are seldom heard - and what they say is ill-understood by city-based reporters in a hurry to meet deadlines", said Terna Gyuse, IPS Africa regional Editor.

"We are pleased to be training and reporting on this year's Dialogue, just ahead of the MDG Review in New York in late September. Achieving development goals of reducing poverty and malnutrition, improving public health, and managing resources in a sustainable manner requires a clear understanding of the central role that agriculture plays in Africa," added Gyuse.

The media team will produce independent coverage of the Dialogue to be published on IPS Africa's interactive multimedia TerraViva website, http://africa.ipsterraviva.net.

IPS will also produce and distribute a special conference newsletter for delegates, as well as circulate daily email newsletters with updates for those unable to attend the Dialogue.

The sustainability of the project lies not only in deepening IPS Africa's capacity for informed coverage but also in the support given to mainstream and community media to build their own capacity.

* For more information or interviews please contact Terna Gyuse, IPS Africa regional editor, tgyuse@ips.org, or Dr Lindiwe Sibanda, FANRPAN CEO, policy@fanrpan.org.