FARA and Partners award eleven (11) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership organizations’ in East Africa with grants to promote “AIRTEA”

FARA in partnership with ASARECA and the East Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) and with funding support from the EC, ACP, and OACPS Research and Innovation, has awarded eleven (11) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership organizations from Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya with grants totaling about 2.5 million euros aimed at “Strengthening Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Ecosystem for Inclusive Rural Transformation & Livelihood in Eastern Africa (AIRTEA)”.

These third-party projects have been launched in Nairobi, Kenya, and are currently engaged in a 5-day planning workshop to ensure synergies and a collective impact on the project outcomes.


In the opening remarks of the Executive Director of FARA, Dr. Yemi Akinbmijo reiterated that the AIRTEA’s focus on innovation is based on evidence assembled by FARA, ASARECA, EAFF, and other SROs over many years. One of the novelties introduced by AIRTEA is the concept of “Agribusiness Learning Alliances.” It is aimed at supporting the transition of farmers’ groups from subsistence to profitable and dynamic businesses.

He gratefully acknowledged the KCB Foundation for taking interest in the AIRTEA project. “We are optimistic that our discussions and your engagement in this kick-off will lead to a collaborative arrangement aimed at deepening the benefits derived by the end-users of the AIRTEA project and expanding its reach.”

FARA is coordinating the overall project, which includes knowledge management #KM4AgDchallenge support to ensure that it meets its objectives and is sustainable.

Experiences will be drawn from the PAEPARD project, amongst others, and will explore the use of proven approaches for agricultural development, including the Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP), the User-Led Process (ULP), the IAR4D Innovation Platforms, the Agri-Business Learning Alliances (ABLA), and the Knowledge Management for Agricultural Development (KM4AgD) agenda, amongst others.

By: Benjamin Abugri, Daniel Peprah

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