South-South collaborations have been acclaimed as an important partnership scheme for social and economic development across the globe. The import of such partnerships cover many facet of life including agriculture. A handful of countries in the South have similar agroecology and socio-cultural issues as Africa, yet some of them have navigated a pathway that yield sectoral successes and economic development. These countries offer a good opportunity for partnerships for knowledge, technology and experience exchange with Africa which is currently striving to achieve its own green revolution.
FARA considered a partnership with India as an excellent South-South collaboration to foster the development of Africa’s agricultural sector. As a step to broker the exchanges, FARA representatives made a bilateral visit to the High Commissioner of India to Ghana on the 18th of August 2017. The FARA team comprised of Dr. ’Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director of FARA, Dr. Wole Fatunbi, Lead Specialist, Innovation Systems and Partnerships and Dr. Amos Gyau, Lead Specialist, Capacity Development.
The discussion bothers on the planned exchange visit (to India) that FARA is facilitating for the National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs) from 12 countries that are participating in the Program of Accompany Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI).
PARI is a research program within the “One World – No Hunger” initiative of the government of Germany. The exchange visit will be facilitated by Prof. Ashok Gulati of the Indian Council for International Economic relations (ICRIER) and it aims to ensure lesson sharing on how India navigated its agricultural transformation and trigger further research collaboration.
The visit also discussed the upcoming initiative of FARA, to facilitate sustainable agricultural business linkages between Africa’s agricultural business actors with their Indian counterparts. It was opined that this could link up with the Agro Protech 2018 that is organized by the India Chambers of Commerce and Industries which event is slated for February 2018.
A handful of useful technologies are already being exchanged between India and countries in Africa under various bilateral relationships. An example is a new tomato variety with good qualities and yield up to 40 ton/ha (under screen house conditions) that is recently introduced to Ghana. The tomato variety is currently going through testing and varietal release process.
FARA is convinced that the multilateral arrangement between Africa-India will foster a broad-based benefit to the agricultural sector in the African continent and India.