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)

News & Events

Dr Irene Annor-Frempong joins the Role Model Directory of the Modernizing African Food System Consortium (MAFS)

10th Mar, 2015
Dr Irene Annor-Frempong, Divisional Manager & Strategic Priority Leader, Integrated Capacity Development (ICD) at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) was featured as the Profile of the Week on the Modernizing African Food System Consortium (MAFS) website. MAFS aims at helping African agricultural education and training (AET) institutions develop the technical skills and institutional capacity required to modernize African food systems. Congratulations Dr. Irene Annor-Frempong for a well-deserved recognition. Learn more. Related article.
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Dr Yemi Akinbamijo talks on increasing productivity of African agriculture

9th Mar, 2015
Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, the Executive Director of FARA, was one of the speakers featured in a series of interviews conducted by Channels Television, an independent television station broadcasting in Nigeria, on the theme ''Increasing Food Production Through Systemic Farming.'' These interviews were organized within the framework of the International Conference on Integrated Systems which took place at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) campus, Ibadan, Nigeria between 3rd- 6th March 2015. Watch the video. Related article.
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March 2015

Events on March 3, 2015

International Conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture

Ibadan, Nigeria
2015-03-03 to 2015-03-06

Humidtropics, in collaboration with Dryland Systems and Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), is organizing an international conference on integrated systems research. Entitled Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, the conference will deal with major components within systems research in agriculture. The purpose of the conference is to learn from research undertakings on integrated systems, with an emphasis on results: data, methods and lessons learned. Click here for more information.



Events on March 4, 2015

International Conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture

Ibadan, Nigeria
2015-03-03 to 2015-03-06

Humidtropics, in collaboration with Dryland Systems and Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), is organizing an international conference on integrated systems research. Entitled Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, the conference will deal with major components within systems research in agriculture. The purpose of the conference is to learn from research undertakings on integrated systems, with an emphasis on results: data, methods and lessons learned. Click here for more information.



Events on March 5, 2015

International Conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture

Ibadan, Nigeria
2015-03-03 to 2015-03-06

Humidtropics, in collaboration with Dryland Systems and Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), is organizing an international conference on integrated systems research. Entitled Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, the conference will deal with major components within systems research in agriculture. The purpose of the conference is to learn from research undertakings on integrated systems, with an emphasis on results: data, methods and lessons learned. Click here for more information.



Events on March 6, 2015

International Conference on Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture

Ibadan, Nigeria
2015-03-03 to 2015-03-06

Humidtropics, in collaboration with Dryland Systems and Aquatic Agricultural Systems (AAS), is organizing an international conference on integrated systems research. Entitled Integrated Systems Research for Sustainable Intensification in Smallholder Agriculture, the conference will deal with major components within systems research in agriculture. The purpose of the conference is to learn from research undertakings on integrated systems, with an emphasis on results: data, methods and lessons learned. Click here for more information.



Events on March 9, 2015

Globlal Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA)

Abu Dhabi, UAE
2015-03-09 to 2015-03-11

For more information visit: http://www.innovationsinagriculture.com/



Events on March 10, 2015

Globlal Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA)

Abu Dhabi, UAE
2015-03-09 to 2015-03-11

For more information visit: http://www.innovationsinagriculture.com/



Events on March 11, 2015

Globlal Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA)

Abu Dhabi, UAE
2015-03-09 to 2015-03-11

For more information visit: http://www.innovationsinagriculture.com/



Events on March 16, 2015

Africa-Brazil-China (ABC) Partnership: Steering Committee Meeting and Conference

Beijing, China
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-20



Afri Banana Products (ABP) Ltd. Staff and Management Capacity Building Workshop

Kampala, Uganda
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-18

To train staff on operational governance and other issues



Gender in Agriculture Value Chain Toolkit Validation Workshop

Accra, Ghana
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-18

The overarching purpose of the meeting is to:

  • discuss the content of the Draft tool kit
  • review the final draft  tool kit on Gender in Agriculture Value Chain for editing and printing

 



Events on March 17, 2015

Africa-Brazil-China (ABC) Partnership: Steering Committee Meeting and Conference

Beijing, China
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-20



Afri Banana Products (ABP) Ltd. Staff and Management Capacity Building Workshop

Kampala, Uganda
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-18

To train staff on operational governance and other issues



Gender in Agriculture Value Chain Toolkit Validation Workshop

Accra, Ghana
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-18

The overarching purpose of the meeting is to:

  • discuss the content of the Draft tool kit
  • review the final draft  tool kit on Gender in Agriculture Value Chain for editing and printing

 



Events on March 18, 2015

Africa-Brazil-China (ABC) Partnership: Steering Committee Meeting and Conference

Beijing, China
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-20



Afri Banana Products (ABP) Ltd. Staff and Management Capacity Building Workshop

Kampala, Uganda
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-18

To train staff on operational governance and other issues



Gender in Agriculture Value Chain Toolkit Validation Workshop

Accra, Ghana
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-18

The overarching purpose of the meeting is to:

  • discuss the content of the Draft tool kit
  • review the final draft  tool kit on Gender in Agriculture Value Chain for editing and printing

 



Events on March 19, 2015

Africa-Brazil-China (ABC) Partnership: Steering Committee Meeting and Conference

Beijing, China
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-20



Workshop of TAP Capacity Development Expert Group

CIRAD, Montpellier, France
2015-03-19 to 2015-03-20

To discuss the results of the review, and develop recommendations for the formulation of the CD Framework



Events on March 20, 2015

Africa-Brazil-China (ABC) Partnership: Steering Committee Meeting and Conference

Beijing, China
2015-03-16 to 2015-03-20



Workshop of TAP Capacity Development Expert Group

CIRAD, Montpellier, France
2015-03-19 to 2015-03-20

To discuss the results of the review, and develop recommendations for the formulation of the CD Framework



Events on March 23, 2015

AHC-STAFF Methodology Workshop

Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015-03-23 to 2015-03-25

This meeting will serve two purposes:

  1. AHC-STAFF Inception Workshop for CCARDESA and
  2. Validation of AHC-STAFF methodologies developed by lead consultants


Training Program on Agribusniness Incubator Management

Timbali Incubator, Nelspruit, South Africa
2015-03-23 to 2015-03-28

To expose trainees to actual on-site agribusiness incubator operations, while training on various aspects in incubation



Events on March 24, 2015

Launching of PARI Project, in Collaboration with GIZ, ZEF and University of Hohenheim

Stuttgart, Germany
2015-03-24 to 2015-03-26

PARI: Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation



AHC-STAFF Methodology Workshop

Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015-03-23 to 2015-03-25

This meeting will serve two purposes:

  1. AHC-STAFF Inception Workshop for CCARDESA and
  2. Validation of AHC-STAFF methodologies developed by lead consultants


Training Program on Agribusniness Incubator Management

Timbali Incubator, Nelspruit, South Africa
2015-03-23 to 2015-03-28

To expose trainees to actual on-site agribusiness incubator operations, while training on various aspects in incubation



Events on March 25, 2015

Launching of PARI Project, in Collaboration with GIZ, ZEF and University of Hohenheim

Stuttgart, Germany
2015-03-24 to 2015-03-26

PARI: Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation



AHC-STAFF Methodology Workshop

Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015-03-23 to 2015-03-25

This meeting will serve two purposes:

  1. AHC-STAFF Inception Workshop for CCARDESA and
  2. Validation of AHC-STAFF methodologies developed by lead consultants


Training Program on Agribusniness Incubator Management

Timbali Incubator, Nelspruit, South Africa
2015-03-23 to 2015-03-28

To expose trainees to actual on-site agribusiness incubator operations, while training on various aspects in incubation



11th CAADP Partnership Platform – Johannesburg, South Africa

Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015-03-25 to 2015-03-26

The 11th CAADP PP is organised around the theme “Walking the Talk: Delivering on Malabo Commitments on Agriculture for Women Empowerment and Development”. The theme reflects the tempo and ambition expressed by member states, both Governments and non-state players, to see more ACTION, RESULTS and IMPACT.

More information



Events on March 26, 2015

Launching of PARI Project, in Collaboration with GIZ, ZEF and University of Hohenheim

Stuttgart, Germany
2015-03-24 to 2015-03-26

PARI: Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation



Training Program on Agribusniness Incubator Management

Timbali Incubator, Nelspruit, South Africa
2015-03-23 to 2015-03-28

To expose trainees to actual on-site agribusiness incubator operations, while training on various aspects in incubation



11th CAADP Partnership Platform – Johannesburg, South Africa

Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015-03-25 to 2015-03-26

The 11th CAADP PP is organised around the theme “Walking the Talk: Delivering on Malabo Commitments on Agriculture for Women Empowerment and Development”. The theme reflects the tempo and ambition expressed by member states, both Governments and non-state players, to see more ACTION, RESULTS and IMPACT.

More information



Events on March 27, 2015

Training Program on Agribusniness Incubator Management

Timbali Incubator, Nelspruit, South Africa
2015-03-23 to 2015-03-28

To expose trainees to actual on-site agribusiness incubator operations, while training on various aspects in incubation



Events on March 28, 2015

Training Program on Agribusniness Incubator Management

Timbali Incubator, Nelspruit, South Africa
2015-03-23 to 2015-03-28

To expose trainees to actual on-site agribusiness incubator operations, while training on various aspects in incubation



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