The Agricultural and Food Security Advisor of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Dr. Tobias Takavarasha, met the SADC Secretariat Executive Secretary, Her Excellency Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax at the SADC head Office in Gaborone on 14th June 2017. The objective of the meeting was to discuss areas of collaboration between the two institutions.
Dr. Takavarasha highlighted that FARNPAN is an all-inclusive multi-stakeholder platform, which links governments, policy analysts, farmers and the private sector and that the network aims to promote the development of appropriate agricultural policies in order to reduce poverty, enhance food security in Africa, and promote sustainable agricultural development in Africa.
In her address, Dr. Tax thanked FARNPAN for its willingness to work with SADC and support the region by among other things facilitating knowledge on policy development and research, particularly in the areas of agricultural and water, which are among priority areas for SADC. She pointed out that FANRPAN is indeed a useful partner with strength and capability in areas of food and agriculture and emphasized the importance of working together.
The two Parties agreed to continue working together in the areas of research and policy development leveraging on each other’s comparative advantage.