FARA Secretariat provides the services that FARA stakeholders require in order to function as a continental Forum to capture the added value of thinking and acting across the four sub-regions. These services include, but are not limited to, carrying out the three Strategic Priorities, which require leadership, planning, coordination, facilitation and resource mobilization.
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)’s revised strategy for the next decade articulate a Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa strategic framework designed to guide Agriculture Science and Technology visioning and planning. FARA’s new programme over the next five years is therefore aligned to this Science Agenda and designed to build on FARA’s and African Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D)’s achievements participatory approach also requires considerable and continual consultation between stakeholders and lessons learnt over the past years. In providing these services the Secretariat’s responsibilities include:
1. Advocacy and resource mobilization
2. Contributing in sustaining the CAADP Momentum
3. Promoting compliance with FAAP principles
4. Linking to the global community, especially with GFAR and the CGIAR
Most of these responsibilities are shared with the sub-regional research organizations (SROs) with FARA bringing a continental perspective while working together, pulling together and delivering together.
The FARA Secretariat, led by an Executive Director, as the functional arm of FARA, keeps a lean and flat management structure albeit with no compromise to excellence, rigor, transparency and accountability to its constituents and stakeholders.