Retirement of Dr Irene Annor-Frempong (Director for Research and Innovation)

The DRI, Dr Irene Annor-Frempong attained the mandatory retirement age of 62 years on 7th June 2020. She reached this milestone after 12 years of dedicated service to FARA in different capacities, starting as a consultant, then joining staff as a programme officer, rising to become the Director for Capacity Strengthening and rising further to become the DRI. Over these

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Strengthening Partnerships Towards Increased Food and Jobs for Youth

You cannot work for food, while there is no food for work    -African Proverb As the African proverb suggests, increasing women and youth participation in agriculture without creating job opportunities can be detrimental. While we advocate for active participation of youth and women in AR4D, it should be noted that 250 million[i] people in Africa, are experiencing hunger. As

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Securing the Africa Meal Ticket… Our Action will Define Our Future

The theme for this year’s World Food Day is “Grow, nourish, sustain! Together. Our actions are our future.” The truth in this theme cannot be overemphasized in the case of Africa. Our actions will define our future.


Our Soil, Our Commonwealth; Advancing Soil Health in Sub Saharan Africa

FARA has reiterated strong calls on the core stakeholders of African soil health for the sustainable use of agricultural land in Africa and to ensure the sustainability of the more than 80% of its workforce who obtain livelihoods therefrom. Speaking at the ongoing African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) hosted by the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Executive Director

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Procurement transparency under threat amidst COVID-19 crisis in Africa – The way forward

Making headlines in most media spaces are the heroic deeds of frontline health workers and the tenacity of the health sector in dealing with the novel COVID-19 pandemic. But can they really do this alone? Of course not! At the backstage is their often uncelebrated backbone –the PROCUREMENT SECTOR– providing not only the health sector with the necessary logistics to

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YPARD In South Kivu/DR Congo toward Resilient Agriculture in the COVID-19 Period

By Erick NUNDA MBALA, Communication Expert, YPARD DRC/South Kivu Province   Introduction In the face of the pandemic and the macabre consequences of coronavirus disease, all countries have been mobilized to mount the response against COVID-19.  This multisectoral response aims, firstly, to stop the spread of the virus, equip medical facilities, organize screening, manage confirmed cases and accelerate research studies

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CORAF Adjusting Priorities to Tackle COVID-19

In response to a recent call by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and West African Ministers of Agriculture and Food, CORAF is making considerable tweaks to its programmatic priorities to support smallholder farmers, seed businesses, and seed cooperatives that are being increasingly hurt by COVID-19. Vulnerable farmers, businesses, and decision-makers are central to the CORAF COVID-19 Emergency

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The CAADP XP4 Programme: Rallying Africa Ag Research Institutions towards Achieving CAADP-Malabo

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) ex-Pillar IV Africa Regional and Sub-regional Organizations for Agricultural Research and Innovation project (CAADP XP4), is funded by the European Union (EU) under the Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) initiative and administered by IFAD. Programme goals and objectives The programme which brings together the major continental and sub-regional organizations AFAAS,

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Dealing with food security in the face of COVID-19: Where Governments should focus

Ben Moses Ilakut: As the novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) continues to spread rapidly across the globe, countries across the world have shut down major socio-economic functions, putting livelihoods in a precarious situation. A genuine fear that the worst is yet to come in regards to food and nutrition security is looming. The months of April, May and even the proceeding ones

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Silencing the Guns through Gender and Youth Inclusion in Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D)

By Karen Munoko The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) advances the systematic adoption of science-led solutions towards addressing Africa’s food insecurity challenges by promoting fundamental societal change. A necessary element in this respect is addressing youth unemployment, which constitutes a significant security risk in Africa. Unfortunately, the African youth are the key actors in conflicts while Africa imports

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