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5 What should be done,

5 What should be done, Take home assignments Generally the conference agreed on ensuring strengthened capacities of women SSFs to engage in national and regional agriculture and gender policy making processes. SSFs also agreed to take the issues to their own countries’ respectively and engage the SADC RAP and CAADP focal points including Ministries of Agriculture as well as local leaders. Specifically countries agreed to pursue the followings: i. Lesotho: 1) Collaborating with other like-minded organizations to gather support on the implementation of the processes and 2) Set up dialogue sessions or meetings MPs, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture and with the SADC RAP IP focal points iii. iv. ii. Swaziland: 1) Mobilization, sensitization and sharing of information with other SSFs on the ground and 2) Engage focal persons in the Ministry of Agriculture especially the Director and the Permanent Secretary. South Africa: 1) Set up a meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture to find out when the signing of the ADF would happen and 2) To meet DTI focal persons, the Africa Desk and the CAADP focal persons. Malawi: 1) Feedback and sensitization meetings with other SSFs and 2) Set up dialogue sessions or meetings MPs, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture and with the SADC RAP IP focal points v. Zambia: 1) Engage focal persons in the Ministry of Agriculture and 2) Mobilization, sensitization and sharing of information with other SSFs on the ground. vi. vii. Zimbabwe: 1) Feedback and sensitization meetings with other SSFs and to translate the documents into vernacular language and 2) Set up dialogue sessions or meetings with the SADC RAP IP focal points Other Eastern Africa countries: “Tanzania”, Kenya and Uganda agreed also to take what they had learnt to the EAC especially on engaging CAADP focal persons in the Ministries of Agriculture, CAADP and EAC focal persons as well as on mobilization, sensitization and sharing of information with other SSFs on the ground. 10 | P a g e

6 Conclusion As a conclusion SFFs were urged to continue united and fighting for same cause adding that there is need to take up these issues to other farmers on the ground and take the actions to be put into practice. The SSFs agreed to meet the Ministries of Agriculture and CAADP as well as SADC RAP IP focal points to ensure that the RAP IP and ADF would be taken to all stakeholders in the agricultural sector in their respective countries. The importance of the Women’s Conference was highlighted and it was noted that its impact in the region has strengthened women small holder farmers’ confidence in working and engaging policy makers in advancing their issues especially the SADC, SADC focal points and CAADP focal points at regional and national levels. This demonstrates that agriculture policies are no longer business as usual as women farmers have their voices in policy processes, plans and budgets. This also enabled women small holder farmers to understand the processes of benefiting in the SADC RAP IP and the SADC regional agricultural development bank. The farmers agreed to have feedback meetings to sensitize other SSFs on the processes in their own countries. The SSFs expressed their gratitude to the SADC FANR Directorate and the SADC RAP Coordinator for continuing to work with ESAFF and SSFs in the region. The ESAFF leadership was also appreciated for its visionary leadership style and the regional support for its continued support to country members. 7. Way forward Women farmers later agreed to pursue the following as a way forward: Call for SADC member States who have not signed the SADC Development Funds to do so. Continue participation in the SADC RAP IP implementation processes at national and regional level Create linkages with other like-minded farmer organizations in the SADC RAP IP and Malabo Processes Creation of platform for women to benefit in the SADC Regional Agricultural Development Bank. Reinforcement of the SADC FANR directorate to continue working with ESAFF and other farmer organisations and ESAFF to participate in regional working group meetings, Creation of platforms for participations youths in agricultural activities Creation of platforms for the participation of farmers in value additions. Creation of an enabling environment for low cost rural financing for small holder agriculture. Ensuring that agricultural information reaches out to small holder farmers especially issues to do with climate change, infrastructure, markets, information and natural resources governance. Enhance working relationship with the Southern Africa Trust (SAT) 11 | P a g e

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