As part of the Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA), the European Commission (EC) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are jointly supporting the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) ex-pillar IV Organisations in implementing a science-led and climate relevant agricultural programme; Supporting Implementation of a Science-Led and Climate-Relevant Agricultural Transformation in Africa (SISTA).
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and partner sub-regional agricultural research organizations are benefiting from the programme, which seeks among other things to contribute to progressive achievement of zero hunger (Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2), the action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13), to promote progress towards ending poverty (SDG 1), gender equality (SDG 5), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), and responsible consumption and production (SDG 12). The Programme will additionally contribute to Agenda 2063 and the Malabo Declaration of the African Union (AU).
With financing from the European Union, the five organizations – FARA, AFAAS, CORAF, ASARECA, CCARDESA – will implement individual projects as part of the overall programme with overall objective to enable agricultural research and innovation, including extension services, to contribute effectively to food and nutrition security, to economic development and climate mitigation in Africa. This will be achieved by improving the capacity, effectiveness and positioning of the regional and sub-regional agriculture research and extension organizations as well as National Agriculture Research Systems, and by promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing among the organizations.
The SISTA Inception Workshop was held in Johannesburg from 21st to 25th October and was attended by representatives of the implementing organisations and other partners and collaborators.