The African Union Commission (AUC)/Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) representatives recently visited the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in a view to plan a successful CAADP partnership platform (CAADP PP) meeting scheduled to hold at Movenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra, Ghana.
Welcoming the representatives, Dr Irene Annor-Frempong, FARA’s Director for Research and Innovation (DRI) emphasized the role of FARA as a partner of CAADP whose intention is to engage with people through the Science Agenda for Agriculture (S3A), bridge gaps and encourage country level self-assessment which serve as modules for implementing the Science Agenda.
It is noted that FARA derives Mandate from: the African Union Commission (AUC) with FARA being its technical arm on agricultural research issues from 2005 till date; the AU-NEPAD where FARA is mandated to serve as the Lead Institution of CAADP Pillar IV (Agricultural Research, Technology Dissemination and Adoption) since 2003, and the AUC-NEPAD’s mandate to FARA to lead the development and implementation of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A). Hence, the issue of operationalizing the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa is of great importance to the growth and development of the African economy.
In his response, Mr. Maurice Lorka N’Guessan, the CAADP Pillar IV Advisor explained that the CAADP Vision and its core principles and values remain relevant just as they were at the time of the Maputo Declaration, 2003. The CAADP team is in Accra to engage with AUC partners (the Government of Ghana, the Ministry of Food & Agriculture, FAO and FARA) on the preparation towards the two key events being organized by AUC in Accra namely:
• The Permanent Secretaries Retreat between 10th -11th March, 2016.
• The 12th CAADP PP Meeting between 11th -15th April, 2016.
He further stated that African leaders recommitted to the CAADP Agenda through the Malabo Declaration on Africa’s Accelerated Agricultural Growth and Transformation vision, goals and targets for the 2015-2025 period.
Left –Right: Carol Jilombo- CAADP Communication Officer, Maurice Lorka N’Guessan- CAADP Pillar IV Advisor (Rural Economy and Agriculture Department) AUC and Mark Fynn- CAADP Advisor (Agribusiness)
The 12thCAADP Partnership Platform (PP) meeting is organized with renewed role to foster (a) evidenced-based sharing and (peer) learning while at the same time (b) reviewing progress and performance on common standards and targets as well as (c) strengthening the collective resolve and momentum to continue on the agricultural transformation agenda. The CAADP-Malabo Commitments set out clear results and impact on agricultural transformation which will contribute to attaining Agenda 2063 goals thereby contributing to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed globally at the United Nations (Sept 2015).
FARA therefore will be promoting the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) at the PP meeting and also provide information towards its implementation and that of Science Technonolgy and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) 2024. More so, a side event on the Operationalization of S3A will hold on the 11th of April.
The strategic thrusts of the S3A in the short to medium term are; the implementation of CAADP; increase domestic public and private sector investment; creating the enabling environment for sustainable application of science for agriculture; and to double current level of Agricultural Total Factor Productivity (ATFP) by 2025 through application of science for agriculture. In the medium to long-term, the science agenda is to build systemic science capacity at national and regional levels, capable of addressing evolving needs for farmers, producers, entrepreneurs and consumers, especially given strategic and foresight issues such as climate change and urbanization.
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