ARIFA recognized as a good practice initiative by the UN office of South-South & Triangular Cooperation (UNOSSC)

FARA’s flagship project , the Agricultural Research and Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA), has been recognized as a good practice by the United Nations Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). Listed as one of the entries in a publication titled “Good Practices in South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the Context of Food Security”, ARIFA is part of the over 40 good practices on agriculture relevant to food security, identified by UNOSSC as illustrating the central tenets South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC), which addresses development challenges with tangible outcomes.

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The publication was launched as part of the Brazil-Africa Forum event for 2020, hosted by the Brazil Africa Institute (IBRAF), drawing participants from across the globe.

The Executive Director of FARA, Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, conveyed FARA’s gratitude to UNOSSC and IBRAF, for recognizing its effort within the SSTC framework. Speaking on behalf of the Executive Director, Dr. Abdulrazak Ibrahim, the Coordinator of ARIFA in FARA, stated that the programme is a game changer in Africa’s AR4D landscape because it leverages the power of Science, Technology and Innovation within the Global South, to   strengthen Africa’s capacity to innovate, using the multi-stakeholder approach of innovation systems. The ARIFA approach supports the beneficiaries to set-up Innovation Platforms in their home-countries upon completion of their training.  Designed to foster pedagogic retooling that will deliver livelihoods through training received from countries such as Brazil, China, Cuba, India etc., ARIFA targets the raising of at least 5,000 fit-for-purpose AR4D practitioners, who will constitute the DNA of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture development Programme (CAADP), towards addressing food and nutrition challenges on the continent in the next 10 years.

With this recognition, ARIFA joins a list of SSTC good practices listed on UNOSSC South-South Galaxy, a Knowledge Management tool accessible globally.

Although the entry for the publication was submitted by FARA in 2019, when the programme was just starting, it has since evolved to record significant success, especially with the partnership involving the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) of Nigeria. The FARA-UFV-TETFund partnership, is currently supporting the training of at least 120  Nigerians.

According to the UNOSSC, the good practices listed in this year’s edition are also relevant to the unprecedented global health crisis triggered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the case of ARIFA, the establishment of Virtual Training and Innovation Hubs (VTrain Hub), where candidates are trained virtually, represents an excellent solution that can be scaled up across the continent.

For more about ARIFA contact : Dr. Abdulrazak Ibrahim

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