The President of the Brazil-Africa Institute (IBraf), Professor João Bosco Monte paid a two-day working visit to the Secretariat of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in Accra starting from the 11th of September 2017. This visit was purposefully to start discussions on a new platform for connecting Brazilian and African agribusiness sectors to take advantage of innovation-driven agribusiness opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The framework is being developed by FARA in collaboration with IBraf, Brazil.
Prof. João Bosco Monte, in a press conference on the 13th of September, 2017 stated that the collaboration marks the beginning of a stronger relationship between the Brazil-Africa Institute and FARA. This relationship, he said began five years ago when he met Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, the Executive Director of FARA at the Brazil-Africa Forum organized in Brazil. He mentioned that this year’s Brazil-Africa Forum, the 5th of its kind, will take place in November, where Dr. Akinbamijo will also serve as a facilitator on discussions around agriculture.
According to Prof. Monte, the collaboration with FARA is important because of FARA’s dedication to research and education in Africa. He says FARA and the Brazil-Africa Institute have very important future engagement to promote the interest of Brazil and Africa in various projects to enhance the relationship between the two regions.
He took the opportunity to announce the launch of the Youth Training Technical Programme (YTTP) which will take place on the 14th of September 2017 at the headquarters of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan. This program seeks to train about 30 African youths for social transformation through acquisition of knowledge of good Brazilian practices in the various sectors including agriculture, health, infrastructure, information technology and education.
In recognition of FARA’s role in promoting youth empowerment in agriculture on the African continent, Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo of FARA will be joining Prof. Monte and Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the AfDB to officiate the launch of the YTTP. In line with the AfDB’s Feeding Africa strategy, the first part of the YTTP is being organised for thirty African youths, who will be sponsored on a study tour in Brazil. This gender-sensitive program targets youth between the ages 15 and 25 from different African countries.
Dr. Akinbamijo pointed out that Brazil has a strong agricultural base and power while Africa on the other hand has a strong agricultural potential. Thus, he sees the collaboration between these two parties as very important since it will combine Brazil’s agricultural strength with Africa’s agricultural potentials and propel agricultural growth on the continent.
The key partners of FARA and the Brazil-Africa Institute for this program are the agricultural development banks in Africa, commercial banks, policy makers among others (with a high consideration for the private sector’s participation). The partnership also has the support of His Excellency, Former President John Kufuor of Ghana.
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