Joint Press Release CCARDESA Region
Hosted by Malawi – 10th – 12th Apri 2017
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in collaboration with the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development of the Government of Malawi are organising a Regional Consultation workshop on rolling-out the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) for Southern African countries in Lilongwe, Malawi. The meeting begins today Monday, 10th to the 12th of April 2017 with participants comprising Malawi, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana.
In 2012, The development of a Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) was commissioned by the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency through the Dublin Process. The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) was then mandated to coordinate its development and implementation. Following its development, The S3A was endorsed by the African Union (AU) Joint Conference of Ministers of Agriculture, Rural Development, Fisheries and Aquaculture in April 2014 and subsequently by the AU Heads of State and Governments in their June 2014 Malabo Declaration on Accelerated African Agricultural Growth and Transformation. The Science Agenda was launched in Johannesburg in November 2014.
The Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) outlines the guiding principles to help Africa take charge of the science to transform its agriculture. It refers to the science, technology, extension, innovations, policy and social learning Africa needs to apply to meet its evolving agricultural development goals. The S3A is based on the recognition of the game-changing potential of science for the continent’s agricultural transformation agenda encapsulated in the CAADP. The empirical evidence show that a deeper application of Science in Agriculture will improve productivity, food security, employment and resilient livelihoods.
Realisation of the Science Agenda’s vision depends on effective domestication of this framework agenda into national strategies, investment plans and action plans given the uniqueness of the contexts, challenges, opportunities and priorities of countries. To ensure that the S3A is owned and driven by countries, a series of engagements at Sub regional and National level are being organised by FARA that will help set up a controlled process for deepening national engagements with S3A implementation by countries.
Implementation and Scaling Up of the Science Agenda
The Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa will be implemented using a Scaling up approach, starting with five countries and scaling up to other countries. The first set of countries were identified using a set of criteria modelling a country’s Science agenda preparedness. The Scaling up approach is to allow continuous learning, creating evidence and impact. The engagement strategy will include the following processes.
Based on the investments in Science, Technology and Innovation and its clear priority for the deepening of Science to transform Agriculture, Malawi has been identified as the starting point for the Southern African Sub region. The Science Agenda will build on this.
We are hopeful that the planning and implementation of the Science Agenda in Malawi will provide lessons for the scaling up of the S3A implementation not only in Southern Africa but in the continent.
This workshop which starts today, 10th April 2017 is being organised by FARA in collaboration with Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development of the Government of Malawi.
We wish to thank the government of Malawi through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development for accepting to host the first of the regional S3A Consultative Meetings and providing a critical mass of its technical and high level policy staff to participate this consultative workshop.
Executive Director Ag. Executive Director Permanent Secretary
FARA CCARDESA Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation
and Water Development
Further consultations to cover countries in East and Central Africa will hold in Kigali from April 19 – 21 and in and Central, West and North Africa in Ghana 9 – 12 May, 2017.
Event Hashtag: #ScienceAgenda
FARA is the apex continental organization responsible for coordinating and advocating agricultural research for development and also serves as the technical arm of the Africa Union Commission on matters concerning agriculture science, technology and innovation.
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