IAR4D Principles, the Trade-offs and Challenges.

Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D): The Principles, The Trade-offs and The Challenges was the topic discussed at April 2016 Technical Seminar Series held at FARA Secretariat, Accra Ghana. The presentation was done by Dr. ’Wole Fatunbi, Lead Specialist, Innovation Systems and Partnerships at FARA.

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Dr. Fatunbi reiterated agricultural research as key to development in Africa.

“Till date, most interventions target the effects rather than the root causes of constraints to agricultural development in Africa”.

He stated that institutional barriers will often prevent socio-economic benefits from most outstanding knowledge, technologies and inventions. A potent approach is the innovation systems thinking which facilitates the connectedness among different actors involved in the innovation sphere of the different commodities and systems.

It also simultaneously addresses the technological, institutional and infrastructural issues while paying good attention to market and commercialization of production.  This approach is much needed to realize the desired future of Africa’s Agriculture.

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FARA Executive Director Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo and some partiicipants at the technical seminar

Furthermore, Innovation Platform is seen as a tool to continue refining and enabling policies that speak to Agricultural Development in Africa which is stringent for success. The need therefore to research on IAR4D contribution to macro-economic development will allow its concept be adopted by policy makers.

The Executive Director of FARA Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, in his address emphasized the need to scale up the IAR4D concept that FARA has developed with its stakeholder in the last 10 years. This will require more active partnership to work together, pull together and deliver together.

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The technical seminar was attended by over 25 participants drawn from the Accra Research Organization Forum including Sunipa Das Gupta (IFPRI Ghana), Katharina Felgenhauer and Eric Nartey (IWMI Ghana), Peter Kuria Gitinji and Jasmin Marston Phd Student at the Institute of Environmental Social Sciences and Geography, University of Freiburg.

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