News from the Celebrating FARA Event

The just ended Celebrate FARA event that took place from 26-29 November 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa gathered some 600 people from more than 56 countries worldwide.

A total of 16 different side events were organized in the course of the event by FARA partners and stakeholders as well as the FARA Secretariat.

Some preliminary outputs of some side events are captured in the following presentation made by Dr Emmanuel Tambi, Divisional Manager, Policy & Advocacy & Strategic Priority 3 Leader

Some pictures of the side event sessions can be accessed here

During the opening ceremony various high profile person delivered statements. These include H.E. Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, African Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Economy; H.E. Dr. Kanayo Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); and Dr. Charity Kruger, Chair of the FARA Board of Directors. Earlier, Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, Executive Director, FARA delivered a welcome address.

Dr Yemi Akinbamijo delivering his Welcome address at the Opening ceremony
Dr Charity Kruger addressing the audience at the Opening ceremony
H.E. Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, delivering t he opening statement


Prof. Calestous Juma, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Visiting Professor at MIT (2014-2015) made a keynote presentation titled ‘SMART HARVEST: The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation Advice in African Agriculture’.

A Panel Discussion on agriculture development in Africa was facilitated by Dr Victor Oladokun and hosted the following speakers: H.E. Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime; Hon Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja; Dr Jimmy Smith, Director General of International Livestock Research Institute, (ILRI), and Prof. Hamidou Boly, (Leader, NPCA AET Programme), Representing Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of NPCA.



Panel Discussion speakers. FL: Prof Boly,
H.E. Mrs Tumusiime,
Hon Dr. Adesina, Dr Smith, and Dr Oladukun






One of the key moments was the launching of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) book by Dr Kanayo Nwanze. The Science Agenda book is published in four major official languages spoken in Africa: English, French, Portuguese and Arabic. The Science Agenda is conceived as a vehicle to support the implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which is the broader framework for transforming agriculture in Africa.  The Science Agenda’s vision resonates with and contributes to the African Union’s Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA) and Agenda 2063. In developing the Science Agenda, the FARA Secretariat worked with stakeholders to generate the “Accra Consensus” which ensured that the process of crafting the Science Agenda was in line with AU principles of African ownership and leadership, and wide consultations. For more information on the Science Agenda, visit



On the night of the 28th November participants gathered at the Emperors Palace for the Gala dinner sponsored by the UT Bank of Ghana. During the Gala night, awards were given to disserving people who distinguished themselves by their exceptional services rendered to FARA; the new FARA logo was unveiled and officially presented to the audience; an MOU between FARA and WorldFish was signed, and lot of public festivities led by of the famous Africa Drama Group Umoja took place.

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Africa Umoja in action Africa Umoja in action Africa Umoja in action  
fara4 Cutting of the celebratory cake at the Gala night. FL.
Dr. Harold Roy Macauley, Exec. Dir CORAF/WECARD;
Dr Fina Opio, Exec. Dir. ASARECA;
H.E. Mrs Rhoda Peace Tumissime;
Dr Yemi Akinbamijo, Exec. Dir. FARA,
Dr Timothy Simalenga, Exec. Dir CCARDESA
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Participants got carried away by the Umoja fever, and danced, danced, and danced. [(a),(b) and (c)]


For more photos of the Gala night visit our online photo album here



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