The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the Brazilian Association for International Education (FAUBAI), with the endorsement of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) of Nigeria, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which brings over forty Brazilian federal universities to the ARIFA Partnership Platform. With the operationalization of the MoU, the universities are ready to accept ARIFA Fellows from tertiary institutions for postgraduate, post-doctoral, and benchwork studies from all over Africa
The epic signing of the MoU took place on the margins of the first Agricultural Research & Innovation Fellowship for Africa (ARIFA) Symposium, which took place between April 28th and 29th, 2022, at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil, and was tagged “Pedagogic Retooling Strategy for Africa’s Agricultural Research and Innovation System: Lessons from Brazil.”
The MoU was signed by the President of FAUBAI, Professor Márcio Venício Barbosa, and Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, the Executive Director of FARA, with endorsement by Arc. Sonny S.T. Echono (FNIA), the Executive Secretary (ES) of TETFund. Present to oversee the endorsement of the agreement was His Excellency Prof. Mohammad Markarfi, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Brazil.
In parallel, FARA and the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), signed a similar MoU, to provide the legal framework for the implementation of ARIFA in UFLA. Already, four (4) fellows are studying in various fields at the university.
The event’s objective was to strengthen Africa’s human capital for Agricultural Research and Innovation with Nigeria as an example. It was further revealed that the FARA-TETFund partnership is raising the bar to identify five hundred faculty members from Nigeria’s tertiary institutions for skills upgrade in the new TetFund-FARA-FAUBAI ARIFA Partnership, all within the context of the South-South Triangular Cooperation (SSTC).