Presenting the Policy Narrative for Bamenda, November 2018

Over the course of 2017/2018, the Bamenda multi-stakeholder platform created a policy narrative on urban and peri-urban agriculture for Bamenda. One year after the initiation of the process, the platform met for the official presentation of the policy narrative and a discussion on how to turn it into a strategic city agenda. For this representatives of the relevant ministries, city authorities and councils, farmer associations and NGOs got together facilitated by SHUMAS and RUAF with participation from University of Göttingen and University of Kassel. Due to the on-going crisis in the Anglophone region, the meeting was held in Douala on the 15th of November. At the meeting researchers from UFP presented their research results to the stakeholders and discussed with them their implications. In particular, Annika Witte presented UFP research on the effects of biochar (work by Emily Gawum, SP2), the food-feed-wood-flow survey (by Hanna Karg, SP8), the willingness-to-pay study (by Christina Seeger, SP7) and the social perception of agrochemicals (by Annika Witte, SP6). Tobias Feldt and Jennifer Provost from University of Kassel (SP3) also presented their research results on farmer-grazier conflicts and dairy business. The meeting was also attended by external guests like GIZ and representatives from Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development from Yaoundé and Douala that have shown interest in UPA and more especially the Bamenda multi-stakeholder process. The meeting was concluded by the creation of a core group that will continue the work on a strategic city agenda.

Policy Narrative for Bamenda, October 2018

The policy narrative on urban agriculture in Bamenda is now available online. The policy is a collaboration between the members of the Bamenda multi-stakeholder platform, UFP researchers from SP 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 as well as RUAF and SHUMAS. The policy was developed based on the first Bamenda stakeholder dialogue platform and was discussed at a core group meeting held in Bamenda in March 2013.

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Initiating the Multi-Stakeholder Platform in Bamenda, August 2017

We have successfully initiated a stakeholder dialogue platform in Bamenda, Cameroon. On the 29th of August 2017 we have held a core group meeting with representatives from relevant ministries and Bamenda City Council, Cameroonian researchers, and civil society members.

During the meeting working groups debated about the characteristics, constraints and problems of urban and peri-urban agriculture in Bamenda and defined areas and stakeholders of interest. Based on this information, we held our first multi-stakeholder platform meeting and dialogue facilitated by RUAF and SHUMAS on the of 17th of September 2017. At this dialogue, Annika Witte gave a general introduction to the project “UrbanFoodPlus” and postdoctoral researcher Hannah Karg presented preliminary research results from the food-feed-wood-flow survey and a research assistant of SP 3, Julius Forchid, presented results on dairy production.

Furthermore, a lively discussion was facilitated by René van Veenhuizen that provided the space to discuss with farmer representatives, Cameroonian researchers, town planners and state authorities about the role of urban and peri-urban agriculture and the way forward for creating a policy narrative that will tackle identified challenges and constraints. For more information on this meeting, download our report of the multi-stakeholder dialogue.

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UFP Policy Narrative for Ouagadougou

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Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on Urban and Peri-urban Development: Developing a city strategic Agenda for the Tamale Metropolis

UDS International Conference Center in Tamale,  29 October, 2015

As part of the Ghana WASH Alliance programme on Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture (UPA), URBANET, UDS and RUAF, partners in the UrbanFood+ programme, organised a series of studies and multiple stakeholder consultative meetings in Tamale, aimed at promoting UPA in the Metropolis and making linkages between WASH and Food Security Sectors. In March 2015 a Policy Narrative on UPA had been agreed, as part of a process to develop a City Strategic Agenda on UPA that will guide and facilitate the actualization of enhancing UPA in Tamale. The objective of the UPA meeting on 29th of October was to facilitate the development of a City Strategic Agenda for the Tamale Metropolis that reflects views as expressed in the policy narrative by the stakeholders in the city. A total of 39 participants, including the Metropolitan Assembly, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Tamale Metropolis and Regional MoFA-Northern Region), Department of Town and Country Planning, Environmental Protection Agency, Representatives of Farmer Associations, Traditional authorities, NGOs, UDS, URBANET, and Consumer Associations, discussed and drafted a city strategic agenda for Tamale. The meeting also ignited participants passion and commitment to the processes.

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Tamale stakeholder workshop, March 2015

On Tuesday 31st March 2015, a stakeholder workshop was held in Tamale at the UDS International Conference centre. The theme was: UPA policy framework: critical to addressing urban and peri-urban agricultural challenges.

The meeting was held in order to discuss the draft stakeholder policy document formulated by the core stakeholder group in February 2015. Attendees at the meeting included representatives of government, private and voluntary institutions from Tamale and Sagnarigu districts.

The stakeholder platform engaged in two hours of discussion on the document, essentially validating the core idea of the draft. This proposed large areas of flood prone land to be acquired by the metropolitan assemblies and dedicated to agriculture. The platform augmented this policy idea in many ways, streamlining irrigation suggestions and giving contributions on livestock and financing. The next step is for the draft to be reformulated and the final copy to be circulated to important stakeholders in preparation for the production of a city strategic agenda. RUAF partner URBANET will be instrumental in that consultation process.

Stakeholders at the workshop hosted by URBANET in March 2015

Stakeholder Meeting in Tamale, February 2015

On 19th February, a core group of stakeholders met in Tamale at the Urban Agriculture Network offices. The aim of the meeting was to deliberate on the implications of current UPA research for policy. The group undertook to formulate policy recommendations that will be presented to the wider stakeholder platform in a meeting at the end of March. The core group reviewed research from IWMI and listened to presentations from UFP and UDS. The recommendations made at the meeting concerned diverse areas of UPA, from land through pollution and marketing to institutional development. Members of the group represented Tamale and Sagnerigu town and country planning departments and district assemblies, the Environmental Protection agency, the ministry of agriculture and farmer groups.

November 2014 Stakeholder core group meeting in Tamale

A core group workshop of key stakeholders took place in Tamale on the 22rd November at the UrbaNet office. The aim here was for the stakeholders to begin to prepare a policy framework for UPA in Tamale. Representatives of the vegetable farmers’ union, the local Ministry of Agriculture and the City Town Planning authorities were present, alongside researchers from UDS. The meeting was facilitated by and held at the office of the Urban Agriculture Network.

October 2014 Second stakeholder workshop in Ouagadougou

In Ouagadougou, the second stakeholder workshop took place on the  9th October 2014  at INERA. After the research update, members of the forum agreed to form a core subcommittee to begin formulating a policy narrative on sustainable urban agriculture in Ouagadougou.  The committee comprises the representatives from important stakeholder groups, including the Mairie de Ouagadougou, INERA,Credit agencies, the National Council for Food Security and the Vegetables farmers’ associations.

September 2014 Second stakeholder workshop and exploratory survey farmer feedback event in Tamale

Tamale’s second stakeholder workshop took place on 24th September 2014. At this workshop, there was an update on research progress. One highlight was that thirty farmers who had participated in the baseline survey were invited to hear the results and comment on them. Another sign of its importance was that the paramount chief of Tamale, Gulkpenaa, attended and delivered his response to farmers concerns about land tenure. He highlighted the importance of subchiefs obeying the guidelines laid out by the local authorities prohibiting sales of designated green space. He also expressed concern about overuse of agrochemicals, amongst a range of other issues.

Gulkpenaa, chief of Tamale, gives feedback at the second stakeholder workshop in Tamale
Dissemination materials distributed to farmers in the exploratory survey farmer feedback session at the second stakeholder workshop in Tamale.

February 2014 First stakeholder workshop in Ouagadougou

Ouagadougou’s introductory stakeholder workshop was convened by Moussa Sy of RUAF at INERA on the 19th February 2014. Students presented their introductory workplans, whilst stakeholders from advocacy groups and the city authorities as well as other research organizations presented their concerns and suggestions for the direction UFP should take.

January 2014 First stakeholder workshop in Tamale

Farmers contributing to the discussion at the first Tamale stakeholder workshop.

The first UFP stakeholder workshop was hosted by RUAF in UDS’ International Conference Centre on 17th January 2014. At this kickoff workshop, Philip Amoah introduced the project and students explained the work they would be doing over the coming years. It was also an opportunity for UFP staff to make contact with stakeholders from local government, NGOs and professional organisations involved in UPA in Tamale. A feature of the Tamale stakeholder dialogue is that we are able to enter into partnership with existing networks concerned with the same themes, for example the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene alliance of researchers and advocacy groups, also related to RUAF.