24/11/2020. ACCRA – The 8th General Assembly (GA) of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), has confirmed Dr. Alioune Fall as the substantive Chairperson of the Forum for the next three years.
Dr. Alioune Fall who has been the Acting Chairperson of FARA since July 2019 brings over three decades of astute experience and knowledge in agricultural research for development on the African continent and other parts of the world. He is currently the Director-General of Senegal’s National Institute for Agricultural Research (ISRA). He holds a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Applied Physics from the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal, another MSc degree in Agriculture from the Sam Houston State University, Texas, United States, and a Doctorate degree (PhD) in Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University, United States.
With many national, continental and global recognitions in agriculture science, technology and innovation space, the new FARA Chairperson brings to this role a wealth of experience, knowledge and networks.
The GA also confirmed the appointment of the Board of Directors of FARA. Its membership includes, among others, the Executive Directors of the sub-regional agriculture research organizations, namely ASARECA, CCARDESA, CORAF and NAASRO who are ex-officio members.
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex continental organization responsible for coordinating and advocating for the increased and more impactful application of agricultural research-for-development (AR4D) in Africa. FARA is the designated technical arm of the African Union Commission and the African Union Development Agency on matters concerning agriculture science, technology and innovation.
FARA currently leads the EU-funded CAADP XP4 programme which is managed by the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), aimed at strengthening the capacities of the regional and sub-regional agriculture research and extension organizations (SROs) as well as National-Agriculture-Research-Systems (NARS), and by promoting collaboration and knowledge sharing among the organizations and relevant European institutions.
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