// Challenges in establishing country SAKSS nodes
ReSAKSS – facilitated by IFPRI -- supports the establishment of country SAKSS nodes to strengthen national capacity for policy analysis, dialogue and review. So far, SAKSS nodes have been established in four countries: Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique and Ghana.
Yet, in some countries -- such as Uganda and Mozambique -- sustaining the operations of the SAKSS nodes has faced some challenges. ReSAKKS is therefore undertaking Country Needs Assessment (CNA) studies in 15 countries, including those in which SAKSS nodes are operational.
// Country assessments to be complete by June 2013
The objective of each study is to understand the policy needs of the country as well as the existing institutional architecture relevant for agriculture to function as a system. The studies are expected to be completed by June 2013 in all 15 countries. The outcomes of the studies will be used to develop a capacity building strategy.
// ReSAKKS work in 2013__ Establishing nodes in more countries
In the first half of 2013, ReSAKSS will work in six countries in the following ways:
- Strengthening SAKSS nodes in Rwanda and Ghana
- Re-establishing the SAKSS nodes in Mozambique and Uganda
- Establishing SAKSS nodes in Togo and Senegal
In the second half of 2012, new SAKSS nodes will be established in six more countries: Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Over the next two years, ReSAKSS will help to establish SAKSS nodes in more countries, including Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Niger and Tanzania, bringing the total to 18 countries over a three-year period.
// Partnering with AGRA and FANRPAN
AGRA and FANRPAN are involved in similar efforts as ReSAKKS and there are efforts to harmonise and coordinate work around the country SAKSS nodes. In order to explore how to improve coordination among the various initiatives at country level, a meeting is scheduled for 11-12 March in Pretoria. The outcome of the meeting should help bring common understanding of the country needs as well and develop a harmonized approach to country support, working together to strengthen SAKSS nodes.