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FANRPAN honours top agriculturists

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.

During the meeting FANRPAN, also launched a quarterly
publication targeting food, agriculture and natural resources sector
stakeholders.  The AGRIDEAL magazine is
expected to become a global leader in empowering stakeholders.

According to FANRPAN board member Lynette Chen, the
inaugural issue of magazine, FANRPAN has highlighted the achievements made by
Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM) - highlighting women as important

WARM recognizes that although   women
farmers produce more than 90% of food in Africa
by providing agricultural labour, processing and storage, they have very
limited access to credit, fertilizer, seed and other production inputs.

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