The power of collaboration cannot be overstated. When diverse organisations come together, pooling resources, expertise, and insights, the potential for creating meaningful impact multiplies exponentially. This ethos lies at the heart of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research, Capacity, and Influence (PRCI) and was vividly evident at its second Global Gathering March 6-8, 2024 at the Ronald Reagan Building Washington, DC.

Among the distinguished participants and organisations at this year gathering is the Africa Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ANAPRI). The event offered a closer look at PRCI’s structure and operations, providing participants with a deeper understanding of the consortium’s objectives and operations.

ANAPRI alongside other organisations had the opportunity to showcase its achievements and activities during the structured gallery walk poster session. Dr. Mmatlou Kalaba, PRCI Principal Investigator (PI) for ANAPRI and Kafuki Hepplethwaite, ANAPRI Program Coordinator engaged with attendees and address any inquiries regarding the displayed posters. Similarly, Dr. Tinashe Kapuya, Research Director at ANAPRI also participated in a panel where he provided valuable insights into ANAPRI’s self-assessment of the impacts of PRCI. His contribution shed light on the effectiveness of collaborative efforts within the consortium, emphasizing ANAPRI’s dedication to continuous improvement.

In the same vein, ANAPRI Executive Director, Dr. Antony Chapoto, shared insights on a panel focused on Evidence-Informed Engagement in Climate Change Policy. The organization demonstrated its commitment to leveraging research for impactful policy decisions in addressing climate change challenges.

The gathering also featured the participation of Dr. Nalishebo Meebelo, the immediate past Executive Director of ANAPRI in a panel discussion on internal organizational growth. Her involvement underscored the importance of fostering learning and development within agricultural research networks to enhance their effectiveness. She also contributed to another panel session centered around the theme, “What does it mean for USAID and its partners to “stay the course” on localization and local capacity strengthening for strong policy research and engagement? “

Several researchers of the various centres within the ANAPRI network also have privilege to participate in various discussions, panels, and engagements held during the global gathering. The event provided a platform for meaningful exchanges and networking opportunities among attendees. Its significance is underscored by the diverse range of participants who converged from around the world, both physically in Washington, DC, and virtually from several places across the globe.  Click here to access some of the resource materials.