Connecting Minds

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The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is an Africa-wide think tank which provides a forum for dialogue, information dissemination, and networking, underpinned by rigorous research on the different elements of African Heritage in order to shape policy and practice on governance, economic development and the evolution of African institutions.

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10
JAN
5am

Thandi Mgwebi. Deputy Vice-Chancellor_ Research, Innovation & Engagement Tshwane University of Technology.

Revamp agriculture research and development (R&D), there is a need to:
• Increase financing of agriculture research and development to support implementation of National Agriculture Investment Plans.
• Adopt participatory approaches to agricultural research and development to amplify the voices of smallholder farmers including women and youth
• Capacitate women and youth to broaden the base of researchers supporting agriculture
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10
JAN
4am

Nellie Nyang'wa Regional Director -Southern Africa, Oxfam. Transforming Africa's Agriculture day 1

Agriculture markets are not working for the smallholder farmer, there is need to:
• Create a level playing field by supporting equitable participation and benefits by all value chain actors (i.e., marketing of products taken over by middle man).
• Generate evidence to advocate for a policy environment conducive for smallholder farmers (e.g. (i) impact of export ban on agricultural commodities by government, (ii) increasing taxes, levies and production costs, and (iii) low intra-regional trade).
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10
JAN
4am

Ms Masego Madzwamuse, CEO Southern Africa Trust. High Policy Dialogue on _Tranforming Agriculture in Africa_ Day 3

The Southern Africa Trust was established in 2005 to support civil society organisations in southern Africa to participate effectively and with credibility in policy dialogue so that the voices of the poor can have a better impact in the development of public policies.

The Trust mandate is to work on a non-profit basis, to undertake activities that contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality and shall include activities related to public policy, official poverty reduction processes, human rights, stakeholder engagement, human and economic development, research, training, and capacity building. In delivering its mandate, the Trust will endeavour to strengthen the voice of poor people in public policy processes, to reduce poverty and inequality in Southern Africa in ways that promote regional linkages and a regional agenda.
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10
JAN
3am

Keynote address Dr Amos Ngongi Namanga Day 2

The 2018 High Level Policy Dialogue on Transforming Africa’s Agriculture was held from the 20th to the 22nd of November in Maputo, Mozambique. The 2018 High-level Policy Dialogue for Africa was a collaborative effort of four organizations - the Food, Agriculture and Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the Graça Machel Trust (GMT), the Mandela Institute or Development Studies (MINDS), and Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) together with local, regional and global partners – engaged in transformative and sustainable agenda aimed at ensuring a food and nutrition secure African continent based on active and meaningful engagement of women and the youth.
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10
JAN
3am

Dr Thomas Munthali ACBF. High Policy Dialogue on _Tranforming Agriculture in Africa_ Day 2

Agriculture is a solution to Africa’s long term social and economic development challenges like food and nutrition insecurity, youth unemployment, agricultural financing, gender inequality and climate change. Agriculture should form the backbone to any solution or strategy to the developmental challenges bedevelling the continent. It will be impossible to effectively advance social and economic transformation that addresses the challenges confronted by women, the youth and children on the continent without collective efforts targeted at transforming agriculture in Africa, in a way that addresses food and nutrition insecurity. For a comphrehensive approach to transforming African agriculture, there is need to develop an indepth understanding of the challenges that the continent faces, especially by women, children, and the youth; to enable the crafting and implementation of policies capable of transforming this critical sector. Echoing this logic, the then African Union Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, challenged Heads of State to prioritise agriculture in national development agendas. The response by the Heads of State came in 2014, at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government where the Malabo declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods was launched.
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10
JAN
3am

A Review of African Union Decade of Youth Development. Where are youth agripreneurs Sithembile Mwamakamba FANRPAN?

Agriculture should form the backbone to any solution or strategy to the developmental challenges bedeviling the continent. It will be impossible to effectively advance social and economic transformation that addresses the challenges confronted by women, the youth and children on the continent without collective efforts targeted at transforming agriculture in Africa, in a way that addresses food and nutrition insecurity. The Malabo declaration on accelerated agricultural growth and transformation for shared prosperity and improved livelihoods provides the direction.

The 2018 High-level Food and Nutrition Security Policy Dialogue for Africa was a collaborative effort of four organizations - the Food, Agriculture and Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the Graça Machel Trust (GMT), the Mandela Institute or Development Studies (MINDS), and Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) together with local, regional and global partners – engaged in transformative and sustainable agenda aimed at ensuring a food and nutrition secure African continent based on active and meaningful engagement of women and the youth.
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10
JAN
2am

Reflection & closing ceremony. High Policy Dialogue on _Transforming Agriculture in Africa_ Day 3

The 2018 High Level Policy Dialogue on Transforming Africa’s Agriculture was held from the 20th to the 22nd of November in Maputo, Mozambique. The 2018 High-level Policy Dialogue for Africa was a collaborative effort of four organizations - the Food, Agriculture and Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), the Graça Machel Trust (GMT), the Mandela Institute or Development Studies (MINDS), and Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) together with local, regional and global partners – engaged in transformative and sustainable agenda aimed at ensuring a food and nutrition secure African continent based on active and meaningful engagement of women and the youth.

192 delegates from 21 countries attended the Policy Dialogue. The delegates represented the following stakeholder groupings:
• 24 (13%) Government representatives;
• 6 (3%) Intergovernmental Organizations;
• 66 (34%) Civil Society;
• 29 (15%) Research Institutions;
• 10 (5%) Private Sector;
• 11 (6%); Farmer Organisations;
• 5 (3%) Donors; and
• 34 (18%) not disclosed.

With regard to specialised groups 40 (21%) Youth and 77 (40%) Women attended the 2018 Regional Policy Dialogue.

The 2018 Regional Policy Dialogue was anchored on the following sub themes:
• Nutrition and food systems
• Climate resilient agriculture
• Policies to transform African agriculture
• Youth communities of practice
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