During the meeting, FANRPAN avail an opportunity for partners to briefly share their programmes and areas of focus. This will benefit FANRPAN in terms of strategic alignment, and enable partners to share experiences and focal areas amongst each other.
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Sithembile Mwamakamba, project manager of FANRPAN addressed the 5th PANRPAN Partners meeting in Pretoria:
From the outcomes we had when FANRPAN successful partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the Women Accessing Realigned Markets (WARM) project, we saw that women farmers also need equal access to knowledge, full participation in and obtain appropriate returns from the agricultural system.
Prime Minister, said
His Excellency, the Prime Minister, Honourable Matata Ponyo Mapon, is championing the country’s agricultural green revolution programme. This has seen government allocating funds to support, small-scale farmers under the “Farming Campaign” programme which includes agricultural innovations, Congolese “Young” Entrepreneurs in agriculture and the involvement of universities and research centres, for the betterment of the sector. (…) We have also started creating “Agro-Industrial Parks”, the promotion of export crops as well as improving the business climate by reviewing the agricultural policy. We are also in the process of reviewing our agricultural law and tax exemption on agricultural inputs and equipment.