The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) has reached an agreement with the African Union Commission (AUC) to broaden the issues of agricultural research, science and technology to promote food security and poverty reduction on the African continent.

Through the agreement FARA will provide technical support in the design, development and implementation of continental initiatives on promoting agricultural research and innovation for development in Africa and in support of Comprehensive Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) country plans.

FARA will also provide strategic advice to the AUC on promoting African agriculture transformation for economic growth and development through enhancing agricultural research, innovation, science and technology.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by the AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture (DREA), Tumusiime Rhoda Peace and FARA Board Chairman, Tiemoko Yo, at the 6th Africa Agriculture Science week (July 15-20, 2013) in Accra, Ghana.

The executive director of FARA, Monty Jones says the partnership is a defined collaborative arrangement to which the African union commission recognises its position as the umbrella organisation to coordinate agricultural research for development in Africa.

?The MOU recognises the role of FARA as the apex body for agricultural research for development that will serve as the technical arm for the AUC and likewise the AUC open up links and channels with FARA that will enable FARA to sit in council of meeting of ministers for agriculture, science and technology, land, finance, etc. and to have a place in all heads of states summits as an observer??, he told SciDev.Net.

Jones said agriculture research development entails cutting edge research which will generate technologies, as well as pathways that will result in innovations to translate into improving the wellbeing of the African people.

?Research for development basically means that the conduct of research that will promote development, which will translates into farmers adoption of whatever output that will come out with, to ensure farmers increase their income??, he says.

There are various specific objectives which relates to the role FARA will play to promote agriculture through development of position papers which could be on land and water management, biotechnology, science and technology, Jones added.

?We have produced what we call log frame which identifies the time bound milestone so that over that period of time we will achieve that target over the extended period of time??, he noted.

Boaz K. Keizire, the AUC coordinator said through the MOU, FARA will further provide strategic guidance and support to the development and implementation of the Agriculture Science Agenda for Africa and Agriculture Education and Training.

?By signing the MoU, AUC committed to provide leadership and coordination support in the implementation of the jointly agreed initiatives, while engaging FARA to provide technical support in the design, development and implementation of continental initiatives on promoting agricultural research and innovation for development in Africa and in support of CAADP country plans??, Keizire said.

The duration of the MOU, he said, has duration of four years.

The chief executive officer for NEPAD Agency, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki said the agreement is a good initiative once there is such an agreement interaction is created between both parties which lead to delivery of the objectives.

?This is collective responsibility to make sure delivery takes place to promote research and food security??, he adds.

 

 

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