ACCRA, 23rd May 2018:
THE Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) will collaborate with the African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation (AOSTI) of the African Union Commission (AUC) to advance the implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024). During a courtesy visit to the FARA Secretariat on the sidelines of the Ghana chapter workshop on Indicators of Agricultural Expenditures and Agricultural Technologies for Africa, Dr. Vroh Bi Irie, Senor Expert, Science and Technology Policy of AOSTI, in the company of Dr. Almany Konte, Senior Expert Innovation, met with Dr Aggrey Agumya, the Director of Corporate Partnerships and Communication at FARA to discuss the modalities for collaboration between the two institutions.
Both parties reiterated their commitment to collaborate with clearer and actionable outputs beyond the existing memorandum of Understanding with the AU Commission (DREA & HRST). The main areas of collaboration discussed include: (i) the harmonization of indicators under the FARA Data and Information Systems (FARADataInformS)—an observatory for Africa Agriculture research and innovation, with agriculture indicators of AOSTI’s observatory on Science, Technology and Innovation; (ii) advocacy for Science, Technology and innovation; (iii) Facilitating the implementation of research and innovation policies by African Union Member States; and (iv) Capacity Development focusing on (i) to (iii) above.
The AOSTI team announced that its observatory on Science, Technology and Innovation will be launched as part of the side events during the Africa Innovation Summit scheduled for June 6 – 8, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Other FARA staff present at the meeting were Dr Jonas Mugabe, the Manager for The Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) and Mr Benjamin Abugri, the Knowledge Management Officer.