The 24th Ordinary session of the Board of Directors of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), ended in Accra, on July 2, 2019; with a call on members to put their best foot forward towards projecting FARA as the leading light in agriculture science, technology and innovation research on the continent. The two-day meeting discussed, among other things, the annual programme progress and performance report for 2018, with projections for the ensuing year. It also provided the strategic guidance required for the organizational development of FARA.
Delivering his closing remarks, the newly appointed Chairperson ad interim, of the board of directors of FARA, Dr. Alioune Fall, assured the staff of the board’s commitment to FARA, its vision and activities. He indicated,
“…as you know, the board is very dedicated to working on issues related to FARA; FARA is our business, our organization. We all belong to FARA, so all we have to do to let FARA go forward, we will do it”.
He also underscored the preparedness of the sub-regional organizations (SROs), partners and other stakeholders to continue to work to put FARA where it belongs.
“…all the members who are here, the SROs, development partners, NGOs, private sector, universities, NARs, all we can do for FARA to be representing research in Africa, we’d do it”.
The meeting also marked the end of tenure of some members of the board, notably, Dr. Ephraim A. Mukisira, Chairperson, Dr. Alioune Fall, Vice Chairperson Dr. Jimmy W. Smith, representative of the scientific partners/CGIAR and Professor Lilia Rahajaharitompo Rabeharisoa of ASARECA.