Composition and Functions
The General Assembly of members shall consist of registered and paid-up members. The functions and powers of the General Assembly are to i. Formulate and approve the rules of procedure of the General Assembly, ii. Approve and ratify agreements, contracts, policies, programmes, new members, protocols, by-laws, budgets, financial statements, audit reports, the membership / subscription fee, General Assembly registration fees and the seat of FARA, iii. Elect the Chairperson of FARA upon the nomination of the Board, iv. Ratify the selection and appointment of the Executive Director.
FARA Board Of Directors
The Board of FARA consists of the following members:
Chairperson of FARA – non-executive position; Vice-chairperson of FARA – non-executive position; c. Executive Director of FARA; Two (2) representatives from each of the Sub-regional Organization (SRO) members, except the SRO of the incumbent Vice chairperson which shall have one (1) representative in addition to the Vice Chair – non-executive positions; One (1) representative of donor and development partners – non-executive, non-voting observer position; One (1) representative of scientific partners (CGIAR) – non-executive position; One (1) representative of the private sector – non-executive position; One (1) representative of foundations and NGOs – non-executive position; One (1) representative of Non-African Partner institutions – non-executive position; One (1) representative of farmers’ organizations/associations – non-executive position; One (1) representative of the African Union Commission – non-executive position; Financial and Governance Expert/s: non-executive position/s represented by a person/s with a background and experience in Financial Management and/ or Corporate Governance; Ex-officio members who shall be non-executive non-voting observers invited by the Board from time to time to provide specialist advice to the Board; Honorary Members representative – non-executive, non-voting observers – invited by Chairperson after consultation with the Board.
Functions and Powers of the Board of FARA
The following are the functions of the FARA Board: i. Acts on behalf of the General Assembly on all matters requiring immediate attention, ii. Recommends for approval or ratification by the business session of the General Assembly policies, programmes, budgets, financial statement, audit report, agreements, contracts, protocols, bye-laws, new members, and the membership fee, iii. Establishes the procedures for the appointment and severance / separation of the Executive Director of FARA; iv. Establishes the procedures for the recruitment, selection and appointment of staff, v. Approves the regulations governing the terms and conditions of employment of staff, vi. Frames its rules of procedure, vii. Appoints auditors and independent review committees, viii. Approves the annual reports on FARA’s achievements and work in progress, ix. Reviews, approves and establishes the annual plan of work, x. Does and performs all other acts as deemed appropriate for the implementation of the directives received from the business session of the General Assembly in the pursuit of FARA’s mission.
FARA Board meets at least twice a year for its ordinary meetings. Its meetings are convened after due consultation between the Chairperson and the Executive Director.
FARA Secretariat provides the services that FARA stakeholders require in order to function as a continental Forum to capture the added value of thinking and acting across the four sub-regions. These services include, but are not limited to, carrying out the three Strategic Priorities, which require leadership, planning, coordination, facilitation and resource mobilization.
The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)’s revised strategy for the next decade articulate a Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa strategic framework designed to guide Agriculture Science and Technology visioning and planning. FARA’s new programme over the next five years is therefore aligned to this Science Agenda and designed to build on FARA’s and African Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D)’s achievements participatory approach also requires considerable and continual consultation between stakeholders and lessons learnt over the past years. In providing these services the Secretariat’s responsibilities include:
1. Advocacy and resource mobilization
2. Contributing in sustaining the CAADP Momentum
3. Promoting compliance with FAAP principles
4. Linking to the global community, especially with GFAR and the CGIAR
Most of these responsibilities are shared with the sub-regional research organizations (SROs) with FARA bringing a continental perspective while working together, pulling together and delivering together.
The FARA Secretariat, led by an Executive Director, as the functional arm of FARA, keeps a lean and flat management structure albeit with no compromise to excellence, rigor, transparency and accountability to its constituents and stakeholders.