V. Atakos (CCAFS)

photo V. Atakos (CCAFS)

The 2014 FANRPAN Annual High-level Food and Nutrition Security Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue was held in Madagascar from the 29th September – 3rd October 2014 and attended by over 225 delegates from 22 African countries and beyond including all 17 FANRPAN member countries.

The theme addressed under related global and regional initiatives; relevant was:

1. The recently formed African and Global climate-smart agriculture Alliances, which FANRPAN endorses and is part of, launched respectively as follows:

  •  African Chapter launched in Malabo on the 25th of June 2014
  • Global Chapter launched in New York on 24th September 2014

2. The declaration of 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security by the African Commission, and

3. The United Nations declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF).

The theme focused on:

1. Family Farming: At FANRPAN, we recognise “Family Farming” as farming operations owned and operated by rural household farming families; and the majority of which are poor.

2. African Agriculture: FANRPAN acknowledges that over 80% of farmers in Africa are in family farming. These family farmers continue to stay at the heart of Africa’s agriculture as they are generators of African agriculture competitiveness, growth and job creation.

3. Climate-smart agriculture: Climate-smart agriculture seeks to increase sustainable productivity, strengthen farmers’ resilience, reduce agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration.

In providing the context of the 2014 High Level Food and Nutrition Security Regional Policy Dialogue:

“Climate-smart agriculture strengthens food security and delivers environmental benefits. It should include proven practical techniques, amongst others such as: mulching, intercropping, conservation agriculture, crop rotation, integrated crop-livestock management, agroforestry, improved grazing, and improved water management. This also includes other innovative practices such as better weather forecasting, more resilient food crops and weather-based risk insurance”.