FANRPAN Uganda Node launched
Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has launched a national multi-stakeholder program - the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN Node Uganda) that will support the development of better food, agriculture and natural resources policies in Africa.
The steering committee Uganda FANRPAN Node was on Thursday May 24, 2012 nominated bringing together representatives from government, farmer organizations, researchers, academia, private sector, parliamentarians, civil society and the media at function held at the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio enginee ring.
A group Photo of the Interim steering committee and other participants during the launch
Speaking as chief guest the Director Crop Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries Opolot Okasayi described the establishment of the Node as a right step towards the provision of reliable information for policy interventions in addressing key challenges like climate change and food security.
“I am disappointed of outdated data compiled from outside and most of the time planning is not on spot because it is based on hear say. It is a shame, you find passion fruits and mangoes come from Kenya because we don’t have data, there is no basis to give better services thus hampering economic transformation”. He said
He described the committee selection as exhaustive and representative of key areas and advised members to draw a development and implementation plan by bringing permanent secretaries on board in ministerial and NGO meetings and mobilize resources so as to remain relevant and impact on society.
“I advise you to go into issues of crop modeling, put task forces, articulate issues if climate change, work with line ministries and use nominated members to go beyond to vary stakeholders”, he appealed.
Director Crop Resources (MAAIF) Opolot Okasayi speaking . Right is CAES Ag. Principal Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa
Ag. Principal CAES, Prof. Samuel Kyamanywa thanked the interim steering committee for accepting the invitation adding that they will be working until the full steering committee is constituted by June 2012.
He also tasked the college team on climate change to come up with an expert paper for publishing, analyzing and developing models using available native data and personnel. Other issues for consideration included quality, ownership and copyright issues and publishing in local Journals.
The FANRPAN network works in 16 African countries including Angola, Botswana, South Africa, DR Congo, Kenya, Lesotho and Zimbabwe among others. The mission is to see a food secure Africa free from hunger and poverty.
It focuses on five thematic areas namely; food systems, Agricultural productivity and markets, Natural Resources and Environment, social protection and livelihoods and institution strengthening and capacity building.