Our Core Mandates

Policy & Advocacy

Support strategic reflections and development at all levels and advocate for approaches and policies that support uptake of STI.

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Capacity Development & Agri-Preneurship

Strengthen human and institutional capacities for Agricultural Research and innovation

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Knowledge Management & Outreach

Promote access to AR4D knowledge to support evidence-based decision making

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Observatory & Coordination

Continental, Situational, Analyses Foresight, Science Agenda

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Multi-stakeholder Partnerships

Enhance partnership across geographies, sectors and value chains for the deployment of STI to achieve CAADP results.

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Research Management and Leadership

Promote the development and coordination of continental agricultural transformation programmes.

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Books, Publications and Research Reports


The Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) concept was developed and proposed by FARA to overcome the shortcomings of the linear approaches for implementing agricultural research and development. The IAR4D concept appraises agriculture as a system that is made of many sub-systems that must work together to foster development.

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Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa.

The Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (dubbed ‘Science Agenda’ / S3A) is an African Owned and African-led process that articulates the science, technology,extension, innovations, policy and social learning that Africa needs to apply in order to meet its agricultural and overall development goals. The strategic thrusts of the S3A in the short to medium term are: the implementation of CAADP;

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