Sithembile Ndema, a 24-year-old Zimbabwean, works at FANRPAN
in South Africa and is a spokesperson for the Farming First coalition.
According to Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, chief executive of FANRPAN
, "Africa is neither poor nor incapable of feeding itself, but it needs more fresh initiatives to promote food security, policy development and poverty alleviation.
Presenting the award in the Malawian capital Lilongwe, the FANRPAN board's chairperson Sindiso Ngwenya said Mutharika deserved the honour because his food security policies had spoken for themselves.
"Malawi's success story is an inspiration to the region and President wa Mutharika is the most deserving winner of the FANRPAN award," he commented.
FANRPAN chairman Ngwenya said the award was a recognition of Malawi's food policies that demonstrates African countries have the capacity to be food secure if they apply the right approach.
African Union commissioner for rural economy and agriculture, Roda Timusiime, who read the citation for the FANRPAN Food Security Policy Leadership Award during the presentation ceremony, said the current global food crisis was a wake-up call for the rest of the world and in particular for Africa to rethink its strategies on food security.
East and Southern Africa government ministers of agriculture, in a bid to support rural development and the harmonisation of agricultural policy at the regional level, established FANRPAN in 1997.
FANRPAN was rated in the top thirty think tanks in Africa by the University of Pennsylvania and was specifically cited for effective use of science and technology.
Project Description:The specific objectives of the intervention are to: (i) enhance the capacity of the FANRPAN RegionalSecretariat to carry out itsadvocacy and networking mandate;(ii) enhance the capacity of Country Nodes (which are housed in strategicpolicyunits in the ESA countries) to facilitateadvocacy on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) policy formulation in coordination and coherencewith the FANRPAN Secretariat; and (iii) strengthenknowledge, learning and information sharing within FANRPAN networks.
Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation in consortium with: Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN
), African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFS) and Agridea