The Directors of Research and Heads of Programmes of FARA, ASARECA, CCCARDESA, CORAF/WECARD and AFAAS converged at the FARA Secretariat in Accra for a three-day workshop that kicked off on Monday 14th March, 2016. The workshop was convened to achieve two main objectives, namely: (i) to elaborate the Capacity Development and Technology Outreach (CDTO) workstream of the “Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)” initiative supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB); and (ii) to advance the implementation of the Science for Agriculture Consortium (S4AC) by elaborating its operational modalities and brainstorming on a pre-proposal for its first joint project. The main purpose of the S4AC is to mobilise the collective capacity and social networks of FARA, the SROs and AFAAS to support the implementation of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa at country and sub-regional level.
Chaired by Dr Irene Annor-Frempong, the Director for Research and Innovation at FARA (pictured above), and Facilitated by Dr. Clesensio Tizikara (FARA), the workshop developed a business model for the CDTO workstream of the TAAT. It elaborated the roles and responsibilities of FARA, SROs and AFAAS within the S4AC. It agreed on the priority theme around which the first joint programme of the Consortium will be developed and outlined a business model for this programme. The workshop concluded by outlining an action plan for the S4AC for the remainder of 2016.
The workshop participants included: Dr. Irene Annor-Frempong (FARA, Chair); Dr Simon Mwale (CCARDESA); Dr. Aboubakar Njoya (CORAF/WECARD); Dr. Michael Waithaka –(ASARECA); Dr. Dan Kisauzi (AFAAS), Prof. John Ofosu-Anim (University of Ghana); Dr. Emmanuel Edu (CSIR, CCLEAR Ghana); Dr. Clesensio Tizikara (FARA, Facilitator); Dr. Aggrey Agumya (FARA); Dr. Oluwole Fatunbi (FARA); Dr. Emmanuel Tambi (FARA), Dr. Jonas Mugabe (FARA) and Dr Alex Ariho (FARA).
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