FARA’s new Strategic plan (2014-2018) is designed to respond to emerging opportunities and challenges facing the continent and its quest to become food secure and improve the welfare of its people.
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Strategic Plan

FARA’s new Strategic plan (2014-2018) is designed to respond to emerging opportunities and challenges facing the continent and its quest to become food secure and improve the welfare of its people. It takes advantage of experiences and lessons learned in strengthening the building blocks of the agricultural innovations system, namely: research, extension, education, farmer organizations, civil society, agribusiness and policy – in a changing context.

Through its new Strategic Plan, FARA has committed itself to deliver the following key results (KRs) by 2018:

KR 1: African agricultural stakeholders determining how the sector should be transformed and establishing the needed collective actions in a gender-sensitive manner

KR 2: Strengthened and integrated continental capacity responding to stakeholder demands within the agricultural innovation system in a gender-sensitive manner

KR 3: Enabling environment for increased AR4D investment, and implementation of agricultural innovation systems in a gender-sensitive manner

FARA expects itself to deliver these key results through interventions in the following three Strategic Priority (SP) areas:

Strategic priority 1: Visioning Africa’s agricultural transformation – with foresight, strategic analysis and partnerships. The rationale for this SP is that it embraces the aspects of FARA’s core functions that require it to take on strategic observatory roles needed to ensure that Forum members are aware of, and can respond appropriately to, ongoing changes.

Strategic priority 2: Integrating capacities for change – by connecting and learning. The rationale for this SP is that over the last three decades the capacities of African agricultural universities and training institutions have been expanded substantially in terms of numbers of staff, but there remain grave concerns about the quality and relevance of the teaching and learning that they deliver.

Strategic priority 3: Enabling environment for implementation – by advocating and communicating. The rationale for this Strategic Priority (SP) is that Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and Framework for African Agricultural Productivity (FAAP) – in line with the interests of FARA’s stakeholders – call for increased and better harmonized investments in agriculture and agricultural research and development by national governments, and regional and international development agencies/partners. This requires evidence-based advocacy to all stakeholders to provide them with viable options for improving policy, institutions and markets.

(Download the FARA Strategic Plan)

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FARA Leads a Delegation to Cuba

30th Oct, 2014
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) led a delegation of stakeholders in agricultural research and development (AR&D) to the Republic of Cuba from 22 – 26 September 2014 to meet with Cuban authorities to discuss avenues for partnership and collaboration between African and Cuban AR&D institutions and agribusiness enterprises.
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FARA at the 4th CORAF/WECARD Agriculture Science Week

10th Jun, 2014

FARA is participating in the CORAF/WECARD 4th Agriculture Science Week taking place from 16-20 June 2014 in Niamey, Niger.
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November 2014

Events on November 6, 2014

Donor Partners Forum for the Sub Saharan Africa Challenge Program

Brussels Belgium
2014-11-06 to 2014-11-06

Objectives: The central objective of the meeting  is to present a stewardship report and seek the contribution of donor partners in shaping the strategy for out-scaling IAR4D as a proven tool for increasing the development impact of African agriculture



Events on November 7, 2014

The Launch of IAR4D Proof of Concept Document

Brussels Belgium
2014-11-07 to 2014-11-07

Objectives : To launch the four debut document on the proof of IAR4D concept



Events on November 13, 2014

FARA and Wageningen University Research Centre Sensitization Event

Wageningen University, Netherlands
2014-11-13 to 2014-11-14

Objectives: To raise awareness about the integrated agricultural research for development (IAR4D) approach as part of the strategy to out-scale this approach across Africa.



Events on November 14, 2014

FARA and Wageningen University Research Centre Sensitization Event

Wageningen University, Netherlands
2014-11-13 to 2014-11-14

Objectives: To raise awareness about the integrated agricultural research for development (IAR4D) approach as part of the strategy to out-scale this approach across Africa.



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