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Food, Agriculture and Natural Ressources Policy Network

FANRPAN is a regional policy research and advocacy network whose operations are informed by major regional policy frameworks and processes in Southern Africa. These are currently the SADC's Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), the SADC Heads of State Dar es Salaam Declaration, the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) of the New Partnership for Agricultural Development (NEPAD) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA Agricultural Plan.

At the international level, after decades of declining support, there is renewed hope that development agencies will pay more attention. One of the elements of that hope is the World Development Report 2008 which is dedicated to "Agriculture for Development' and emphasises the importance of agricultural productivity growth in Africa for stimulating growth, overcoming poverty, and enhancing food security.