FARA and its Partners at the GCARD3 in South Africa

As the coordinating institution of the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) project, FARA is one of the key partners within this project. FARA has been playing this role for the past 6 years of this project.

Taking advantage of the third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) event held in South Africa from 5-8 April, 2016, a PAEPARD side event was organized on 8th April, 2016 on the theme: The African-European multi-stakeholder demand-driven process in agricultural research for development: Case studies from PAEPARD.

Objectives: 

  • Profile PAEPARD-supervised projects from the Users Led Process (ULP), the competitive research funds (CRF) and the incentive funds (IF) instruments, and the communication and advocacy strategy (C&A),
  • Advocate for multi-stakeholder partnership funding by using lessons drawn from PAEPARD,
  • Raise the visibility of PAEPARD, the EC and all PAEPARD partners during CGARD3.

During the meeting Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, FARA gave the introductory address and launched the second Policy brief by PAEPARD titled ‘Facilitating
innovation in agricultural research for development: Brokerage as the vital link

Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo launching the PAEPARD Policy Brief, assisted by Dr. Remi Kane, CIRAD/Agrinatura, on his right side, and Dr Jonas Mugabe, FARA, on his left side

Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo launching the PAEPARD Policy Brief, assisted by Dr. Remi Kane, CIRAD/Agrinatura, on his right side, and Dr Jonas Mugabe, FARA, on his left side

Various participants shared their views about PAEPARD, as recorded below:

The Users’ led process (ULP) came to give a direction to PAEPARD after the consultations which were just meetings without much results. Didier Pillot – Agrinatura

PAEPARD has leveraged the leadership of farmers to sit with research as equal partners and to define a common research agenda based on ours needs. Philip Kiriro – EAFF

PAEPARD a permis aux non-chercheurs de s’approprier le processus de RAD et d’engager les differents acteurs dans un dialogue. Elisabeth Atangana – PROPAC

A lot of lessons on capacity needs have come out from PAEPARD. My hope is that those lessons will influence the university curriculum which should be developed from the needs of the users. Moses Osiru – RUFORUM

PAEPARD is the project that is doing what we have trying to move to: demand driven research by promoting the concept of ULP. It is an applied project of demand driven research. Also PAEPARD has demystified research by integrating the knowledge of users. In the past the knowledge was the monopoly of scientists ignoring the indigenous knowledge which PAEPARD has integrated in the ULP. Irene Frempong – FARA

The Platform for Africa-Europe Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) is a 8-year project sponsored by the European Commission (80%) and partners’ own contribution (20%).

It is coordinated by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) since December 2009, and extended until end of 2017.

Dr Yemi Akinbamijo with the PAEPARD team

Dr Yemi Akinbamijo with the PAEPARD team

It aims at building joint African-European multi-stakeholder partnerships in agricultural research for development (ARD) contributing to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. On the European side, the partners are AGRINATURA (The European Alliance on Agriculture Knowledge for Development, coordinating the European partners), COLEACP (representing the private sector), CSA (representing the NGOs), ICRA, specialized in capacity building in ARD, and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). On the African side and in addition to FARA, the partners are the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) based in Kampala, the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) based in Pretoria and the Pan-African Farmers Organization (PAFO). The latter involves its members that are the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) based in Nairobi, the Réseaux des Organisations Paysannes et des Producteurs d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ROPPA) based in Ouagadougou, and the Plate-forme Régionale des Organisations Paysannes d’Afrique Centrale (PROPAC) based in Yaoundé. The Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) is an associate partner of PAEPARD.

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