FARA under the eCapacities Africa programme has unveiled a digital platform of mapping the capacities of agricultural institutions in Africa for matching demand to supply of capacities. The platform provides a real-time review of the levels of capacity and demand in each participating country and dynamically estimates the capacity gaps for use in priority setting and targeting of investments.
During a just concluded three days training of supply side actors, Dr Irene Frempong Divisional Manager Integrated Capacity Development at FARA in her inaugural presentation underscored the importance of the platform noting that it was the ideal channel for; “Expanding options for individuals, organizations and institutions for enhanced African agricultural innovation” at national, sub regional and regional levels by supporting networking, coordination and harnessing of indigenous and modern agricultural knowledge”.
She noted that the platform will among others things contribute to Generation of information for the development of action plans to support adequate implementation of country investment plans developed under the CAADP and the Africa Science Agenda for agriculture. With the skills profiling, it will now be resource efficient to develop skills and competencies since the effort will be targeted and focused on market/industry needs across Africa.
In the past, there have been a myriad of challenges in the delivery of tertiary agriculture and natural resources education. To address these concerns, FARA under the auspices of eCapacities program acknowledged that there was need for a readily accessible means for identifying the totality of agricultural and natural resource human capacity needs and prioritize the gaps that need to be addressed most urgently.
The training brought together 25 participants drawn from tertiary agricultural and natural resources education institutions, policy making agents, private sector and government institutions technically referred to as the supply side who will be tasked with the role of interacting with the platform to upload skills developed and to determining existing capacity gaps through checking out the demand side requirements. This will ensure custom-made supply of skills matching capacity gaps.
The e-Capacities platform moving forward will be operated by the Africa Capacity Development Joint Action Group (CD-JAG) – a community of practice for learning, monitoring and joint action for institutional change in Africa comprising: NPCA, FARA, ASARECA, CORAF/WECARD, CCARDESA, RUFORUM, ANAFE, RESAO, AAU, AGRA, AFAAS and ACBF.