The Director of Corporate Partnership and Communications at Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA), Dr. Aggrey Agumya has bemoaned the fact that most data on agriculture in Africa emanate from foreign sources.
He blamed the situation on lack of resources to fund data and knowledge systems.
This challenge would be discussed during the 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and the General Assembly to be held in the Rwandan capital, Kigali from June 13 – 16 this year, he said.
“The call to action is to see how African countries can help generate such vital Africa focused data from local sources” he said.
Dr. Aggrey was contributing to discussions at an interaction with the media in Accra recently ahead of the forth coming 7th African Agricultural Science Week and FARA Assembly.
The Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) and FARA General Assembly (GA) is the principal forum for all stakeholders in African agriculture Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to reflect on their achievements and craft strategies and actions aimed at enhancing the contribution of agriculture STI towards accelerating the continent’s economic and social transformation.
This event is organized every three years. The last such event, the sixth AASW and FARA GA, was held in Accra, Ghana in July 2013.