Strategic National Stakeholders Mobilized to build on FARA and Humidtropics’ IAR4D Experiences to Sustain CAADP Momentum in Africa.

FARA in collaboration with Humidtropics (the CGIAR’s integrated systems research programme led by IITA), and country focal points of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), organized from 3rd to 6th October 2016 in Kigali (Rwanda), a write-shop aimed at reflecting and suggesting a framework for the mainstreaming of multi-stakeholders innovation platform (MSIP) approaches and practices into CAADP and National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs).


Group Photograph of WriteShop Participants.

Group Photograph of Write-Shop Participants.

This write-shop built on the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) concept, Research for Development platform (R4D), and Innovation Platform (IP) experiences of FARA and Humidtropics, to propose a unified MSIP framework for the implementation of CAADP and NAFSIPs in African countries.

Participants of the write-shop came from national agricultural research systems (NARS), research for development and innovation platforms, and CAADP focal points of Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote-d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda. In attendance also were Humidtropics/IITA, and FARA representatives.

The main output of the write-shop consists of a framework for mainstreaming the MSIP approach into CAADP and NAFSIPs while the main outcome expected is; improved agricultural performance of African countries that adapt MSIP to the implementation of their CAADP and NAFSIPs. As seen, FARA is moving a step forward to facilitate actionable issues for real implementation of the framework in the countries.

Children drinking cow milk during cow remittance ceremony at Karago, Musanze, North Rwanda.

FARA also took advantage o the write-shop mission to participate at Karago Sector, Musanze District, Northern Rwanda, in a ceremony where 21 Kadahenda innovation platform members (women and men), were granted 20 cows and 1 calf. This ceremony was co-organized by Humidtropics and the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB).

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