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FANRPAN honours top agriculturists

GEORGE OKORE 09/10/2012 @ 10:33am Fifteen years experience as a journalist

The 2012 Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Multi-Stakeholders Dialogue successfully concluded in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with delegates thanking organizers for the job well done.

The annual policy and stakeholder consultations held from September 1- 7, 2012, discussed practical approaches to ensure food and natural resources security in the continent. FANRPAN Chief Executive Officer, Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda at thanked various delegates for attending the meeting.

At the meeting FANRPAN honoured four winners of its annual excellence award, witch Tanzanian President Jakaya Mirisho Kikwete winning the 2012 FANRPPAN policy Leadership Award.  The other winners were Shambani Graduate Enterprises (Youth in Agriculture AWrarad, Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima (Mover and Shaker of the Year Award) and Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation (Journalism of the Year Award).  

On seed security, the dialogue heard that different laws within Southern Africa Development Cooperation (SADC) block are hindering   the fight against food insecurity within the region. Doctor Bella Mpofu from FANRPAN said   harmonizing seed policy would ease movement of seeds within the 15 SADC countries and said different laws regulating seed movement and varying seed standards frustrate acquisition of   variety of seeds that can withstand extreme weather conditions.

Doctor Mpofu said harmonizing seed regulation policy in the region would increase availability and variety of seeds. Currently it is difficult to move seed across the boarders because countries have different regulations which do not comply with other country laws.

Hamis Mtuwaenzi from Seed Certification Institute said his county Tanzania was among the first SADC countries to propose seed harmonization to allow free movement of improved seeds. Among the countries that have signed the memorandum are Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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