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RCMRD, previously known as Regional Centre for Services in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing (RCSSMRS) is a non-profit intergovernmental organization. Its mission is to promote the development and use of geoinformation in sustainable development of Africa. Therefore it develops harmonized and standardized land resources and urban development digital data and information infrastructure for the region and a regional early warning system for food security, environmental monitoring and disaster management using mainly satellite technology.
It has 15 members: Botswana, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. ... [according to site editor's information]
FANRPAN is a regional policy research and advocacy network with the mission to promote effective Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) policies by:
1. Facilitating linkages and partnerships between government and civil society,
2. Building the capacity for policy analysis and policy dialogue in southern Africa, and supporting demand-driven policy research and analysis.
FANPRAN's 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.
FANRPAN is currently operating in 13 SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe) and operates through an inter-sectoral network platform in each country designated as a Country Node. The node comprises of the following stakeholders:
1. Government ministries responsible for FANR;
2. Policy research institutions such as relevant university departments;
3. Private sector national umbrella organizations which deal with FANR;
4. National farmers' organizations; and
5. Civil Society organizations. ... [according to site editor's information; editors ilissAfrica]
PLAAS does research, policy engagement, teaching and training about the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in Southern Africa, with a particular emphasis on the key role of restructuring and contesting land holding and agro-food systems in the subcontinent and beyond. The focus is on the analysis of marginalised livelihoods in Southern Africa, especially of subsistence and smallholder farmers and farm workers, of coastal and inland artisanal fisheries and fishing communities; and of informal self employment in rural and urban areas. ... [According to site editor's information]