Tegemeo Hosts 3rd ReNAPRI Annual Stakeholders Conference, 10th - 11th November, 2016

 Tegemeo Hosts 3rd ReNAPRI Annual Stakeholders Conference, 10th - 11th November, 2016


Renapri group photoThe Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) is a regionally coordinated network of several national agricultural policy research institutes and Universities across Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region. The network currently has a membership of about 10 countries (e.g. Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, DRC, and South Africa). Formed in 2012, ReNAPRI was created at the initiative of the national agricultural policy institutes to allow for effective coordination, share information, collaborate on providing solutions to the common challenges facing the ESA region, and enable national policy makers to learn from the experiences of other countries within the region.

As provided, the main objective of ReNAPRI in ensuring effective coordination, sharing of data, collaborating in providing solutions to common challenges and sharing experiences and learnings across countries is noble and members look forward to realizing the expected benefits through this Network.

Over the last one year, members of ReNAPRI have been carrying out research to unfold agricultural transformation in Africa, identify market oriented and sustainable intensification strategies for addressing climate variability and analyze both the regional and global outlook and scenarios. The Network has also looked at both public and private sector responses to the 2016/17 drought. The findings of this research were shared during a 2-day conference held in Nairobi Kenya.

The conference was the Third Annual Stakeholders Conference hosted by the network in different member countries to discuss issues pertinent to the future of African agriculture. The first Annual Conference was held in 2014 in Lusaka Zambia, the second one in 2015 in Maputo Mozambique and the third is being held in Nairobi Kenya. Tegemeo Institute of Egerton University, as a member of the ReNAPRI network hosted this year’s Conference whose theme was “Anticipating Africa’s Agricultural Transformation Pathways in the Context of Climate Change: Lessons from the Current Regional Drought”.

The Network, through its Annual Stakeholders Conference, seeks to engage both public and private sector stakeholders through dialogue on the future of the region’s commodity markets e.g. maize, wheat, rice and sugar, among others. The conference brought together key stakeholders comprising of local, regional, and international delegates to deliberate on, and seek for strategies that will spur growth in the agricultural sector in the region. 

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