The new Vice President of the Alliance for Green revolution in Africa (AGRA), Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda along with her team, made a working visit to the secretariat of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) in Accra, Ghana with the purpose of strengthening the existing partnership between the two organizations.
The AGRA team comprised of Dr. Kwasi Ampofo, Country Director, AGRA-Ghana, Dr. Jean-Jacques Mbonigaba-Muhinda, Advisor to the Vice President and Dr. Forster Boateng, Country Coordinator (AGRA-SSTP), while the FARA team comprised of Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, the Executive Director of FARA; Dr. Aggrey Agumya, the FARA Director of Corporate Partnerships and Communication and Dr. Wole Fatunbi, the Lead Specialist for Innovation Systems and Partnerships.
In his comments, Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo acclaimed the outstanding contributions of Dr. Sibanda to Africa’s agriculture in her previous roles and the high expectations of the wide stakeholders from her new portfolio in AGRA. He further intimated the AGRA team with the FARA strategic actions to leverage the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) as its overarching framework to contribute to the delivery of the broad objectives of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and other continental framework for the development of the agricultural sector.
“The S3A aims to orchestrate agricultural development at the country level. It is an African Owned and African-led process that articulates the science, technology, extension, innovations, policy and social learning that Africa needs to apply in order to meet its agricultural and overall development goals” he said.
The strategic thrusts of the S3A in the short to medium term include; the implementation of CAADP objectives; increase in domestic public and private sector investment in agriculture; creation of an enabling environment for sustainable application of science for agriculture; and to the doubling of the current level of Agricultural Total Factor Productivity (ATFP) by 2025 through the application of science for agriculture. Furthermore, the science agenda aims to build the systemic science capacity at national and regional levels to address evolving needs of farmers, producers, entrepreneurs, and consumers.
In her response, Dr. Sibanda solicited for more active partnership between FARA and AGRA to deliver the Africa green revolution. She reiterated the key elements of AGRA new strategy and the need to work with the country partners in the area of policy development and enforcement.
The discussion proposed to activate the existing Memorandum of Understanding between FARA and AGRA and come up with practical actions to bring good benefits to the wide stakeholder groups in Africa agriculture.