Advocating for Gender-Smart Investments In Advancing Science, Technology and Innovation within Africa’s AR4D

#CHOOSETOCHALLENGE By; Karen Munoko Nguru This year’s International Women’s Day is celebrated in such unprecedented times. As the continent and, more specifically, the agricultural community start to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic slowly, it presents an opportunity to build back better. However, to do that requires immediate, practical actions that choose to challenge the systemic issues that have prevented the

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Success Story from the BiomassWeb Project: ‘Using Cassava Peels for Mushroom Cultivation’ Project.

 By: Alice E. Dawson, Gideon N. Ashitei & Paulina S. Addy – Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) Directorate –Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Ghana.. Mushroom cultivation requires a very well managed local climate which must be cool, adequately ventilated, with high humidity and optimal light. This becomes especially necessary at the cropping stage. Conventionally, small to medium scale growers

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Advances In Knowledge Management & Outreach for Enhancing the Impact Of Research And Innovation in the COVID era. The FARADataInformS Example

According to the World Economic Forum (2015), Africa produces only 2.6% of global scientific knowledge with just 29 publications per million inhabitants compared to 1,013 and 609 for North America and Europe respectively. 64.6% of these publications are co-authored with researchers from other continents. The continent has just 79 scientists per million  inhabitants compared to countries like Brazil and United

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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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