High Level Planning Workshop on Scaling Agricultural Innovation in Africa

Overview and Progam of the Workshop

The development of Africa agricultural relies much on the capacity of the sector to engender true innovation from research interventions. The erstwhile inability of the sector to convert research outputs to socioeconomic benefits has grossly limited the potentials of the sector to transform rural livelihood, reduce poverty and contribute significantly to economic development of the different countries on the continent. During the last decade, the Forum for Agricultural Development in Africa (FARA), using the capacities of its constituents has worked conscientiously to develop and implement the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) concept, which provides a framework for conducting agricultural research and development activities in a way that enhances livelihoods. The IAR4D concept has been proven to lead to effective adoption of technologies, good access to market, enhanced capacity of stakeholders to innovate, effective partnership among stakeholders including the public and private sector practitioners and improved income with its associated poverty reduction.

FARA has demonstrated active leadership in the Agricultural Innovation systems, in a practical way through its Sub Saharan Africa Challenge Program (SSA CP), where the systemic for implementation of Innovation systems approach in agriculture was developed and implemented beyond mere theoretical endeavors.  The use of the IAR4D concept is growing among agricultural researchers and development stakeholders and it requires considerable capacity development and to ensure effective spread across the continent. FARA’s outlook to ensure good benefits from the concept includes efforts to foster partnership and strategic alliances with new and existing initiatives for the scaling of the concept.

The German Government led program on “One World – No Hunger” program offers a good platform for effective partnerships to foster the scaling of innovation in agriculture. The focus of the program is to scale-up and scale –out agricultural innovation systems in order to improve food security and ensure sustainable value chain development through its six thematic focus including:
•    Food and nutrition security
•    Strengthening resilience to avoid hunger crisis
•    Fostering innovation in the agriculture and food sector
•    Supporting structural change in rural areas
•    Natural resource protection and management
•    Strengthening land governance focus on innovation

Methodology: The program seeks to be a means of scaling out and scaling up of Agricultural Innovation Systems in 12 selected African countries. As such it will not only build on the different food security and agricultural transformation programs in the countries, it will complement the current effort of FARA in strengthening the systematic adoption and learning of the concept of agricultural Innovation systems on the continent within the context of existing continental initiatives and frameworks such as CAADP, Science Agenda for Agriculture etc. The proposed initiative will require a high-level buy in at the policy and technical level at the regional and national levels, as well as at the active operational levels in the relevant research and development organizations for effective implementations.
The initial High level policy and research leaders meeting to kick-start this initiative is scheduled to take place at the Nairobi Hilton Hotel between 23rd -24th of February, 2015.


Program Schedule  (Download as PDF)

Sunday, February 22

Arrival of participants
20:00 Informal Welcome reception for participants that are already at the Hotel

Monday, February 23

Session 1: Opening Ceremony
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 -10:00 Welcome Address Main Facilitator: Prof. Ola Smith
−      Yemi AkinbamijoExecutive Director, FARA
Osmane Badiane–       Head IFPRI Africa
−      H.E. Mrs. Tumusiime, Rhoda PeaceCommissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union
H.E. Felix Kipatarus Koskei −      Minister of Agriculture, Kenya           ***Official Opening ***
10:00 – 10:30 Setting the Scene   Main facilitator:Prof. Ola Smith
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break & Group Photograph  
Session 2: Keynote Presentations
11:00 – 11:05 Introduction to Keynotes lecture Chair: H.E. Tumusiime, Rhoda Peace Facilitator: Dr. Ola Smith
11:05 – 11:25 CAADP’s growth and transformation ambitions: implications for technological and institutional innovations – A reviewDr. Osmane Badiane
11:25 – 11:45 S3A – The Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa: implication for agricultural innovationsDr. Yemi Akinbamijo
11:45 – 12:15 German Government’s special initiative “One World – No Hunger”Dr. Stefan Schmitz (Deputy Director General, BMZ)
12:15 – 12:45 **** Press Conference *** 
Session 3: High level Panel Discussion 1:Political leadership and partnership to strengthen African agricultural research and development
12:45 – 13:30 Panelist: −      H.E Felix Kipatarus KoskeiMinister of Agriculture, Kenya−      H.E. Mrs. Rhoda TumusiimeCommissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union−      Dr. Stefan Schmitz

Deputy Director General, Special unit “One World – No Hunger”, BMZ


Engagement with participants

 Facilitator: Dr. Ola Smith
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch Break
Session 4: Interactive Panel Discussion 2:Overcoming the institutional, human resources, and policy obstacles to technological innovation as the driver of growth and transformation in Africa
14:30 – 15:15 −      Dr. Fentahun MengusiDG, EIAR, Ethiopia−      Prof.   Olusola OniARCN, Nigeria−      Mr. Julius ShawaPerm Sec-Policy, Zambia


−      Prof. Joachim von Braun

ZEF/University of Bonn, Germany


Chair / Moderator:
15: 15 – 15:45 Pathways of Mainstreaming Agricultural Innovations In the Post Malabo Declarations Context               Morries Lorks   –AUC—
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break  
Session 5: Interactive Panel Discussion 3:Innovation systems at regional and national level and value chain improvements: overview of current efforts
16:15 – 17:30 −      Prof. Habib AmamouDG, ONGARI, TunisiaArc. Sonny EchonoPermanent Secretary MANR, Nigeria−      Dr. Daniel KelemaDG, Agriculture, Mali 

−      Mr. Moses Mwale

DG, ZARI, Zambia



−      Prof. Regina Birner UHOH, Germany

Chair / Moderator: ED CCARDESA

Tuesday, February 24

9:00 – 9:15 Recap of day 1 Main Facilitator
Session 6: Countries Cases:State of Agricultural Innovation in Africa Countries
9:15 – 13:00 −      Nigeria  Facilitator: Dr. Ola Smith
−      Ghana
−      Burkina Faso 
−      Benin 
10:35 – 11:00 −      Coffee   break  
11:00 – 12:20 −      Togo Facilitator: Dr. Ola Smith
−      Ethiopia 
−      Kenya 
−      Zambia 
12:20 – 13:00 Reflection and Discussion
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
Session 7: Innovation for food security in Africa
14:00 – 14:30 IAR4D and IP concept in Africa: FARA experiencesFARA, Ghana Chair / Facilitator:Facilitator: Dr. Ola Smith
14:30 – 15:00 “Innovation Center” ConceptsDr. Stefan Helming (Head, Innovation Centers Unit, GIZ)
15:00 – 15:30 Discussion and agreement on models
15:30 – 16:00 Tea / Cocoa / Coffee Break
  Synthesis of common issuesSub-regional block considerations and RECs perspective
15:30 – 16:00 Reflection and Discussion Facilitator (Dr. Ola Smith)
Session 9: Closing Ceremony
16:00 – 17:00 Closing remarksDr. Stefan SchmitzDeputy Director General, BMZDr. Yemi AkinbamijoExecutive Director, FARA
17:30 – 19:30 Informal PARI Consortium meeting


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