On the Margins of the 2019 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) last week, the FARA Secretariat welcomed diverse organisations to discuss matters relating to Agricultural Research, Science and Innovation in Africa.

The Courtesy calls were in line with FARA’s commitment to lead the Science Agenda for Africa’s Agricultural Transformation.

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I-F:1 Mr. Willem-Albert Toose, Managing Director of Agro Eco West Africa paid a courtesy call on the Executive Director of FARA, Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, ahead of the 5th West African Organic conference starting from 12–15 November, 2019.

The conference is being organized in the context of mainstreaming organic agriculture based on the resolution of the African Heads of States and Governments to support organic farming in Africa.

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I-F:2 On the margins of the recently concluded AGRF 2019, Dr. Peter Carberry, Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) paid a courtesy visit to Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo at the FARA Secretariat. Among other things, the two leaders discussed areas of mutual interest between the two institutions.

It is noteworthy that Dr. Akinbamijo is a member of the Executive Committee of the Smart Food Initiative.

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I-F:3 CGIAR leadership led by the Executive Director Elwyn Grainger-Jones (3rd from right) called on Management of FARA to discuss issues of mutual interest.

The discussion dwelt on developments concerning the CGIAR’s reform process and the opportunities the reform presents to strengthening collaborative work between the CGIAR and key constituents of FARA, notably the National Agricultural Research Institutions (NARIs) and sub-regional agricultural research organisations. Dr. Grainger-Jones welcomed FARA’s undertaking to gather feedback from its stakeholders on the draft recommendations from CGIAR System Reference Group to the System Council.

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