The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is to hold an Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) Consultative Roundtable and a side event on the Science Agenda in Africa 17-18 March in Durban, South Africa.
FARA said in a statement made available to PANA here Monday that former Chairperson of the African Union Commission Jean Ping will be the guest speaker.
It said the two events would hold on the sideline of the 10th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform Meeting in Durban.
The theme of the Roundtable is, “Sustaining the CAADP Momentum: Consolidating the AR4D Network for Implementing and Leveraging Investments for the Science Agenda.“
“IAR4D is an innovative approach developed by FARA to enhance the impact of research. It is designed to overcome the shortcomings of the traditional agricultural research and development approaches,” the statement said.
FARA said the roundtable will provide AR4D stakeholders a platform to map out the repositioning of AR4D within the refreshed CAADP strategy.
The closing agenda of the two-day roundtable will also double as part of the formal opening of the 10th CAADP Partnership Platform (CAADP PP) 18 March.
The Science Agenda is set to be tabled for endorsement by African Heads of State and Government at their next Summit in July 2014.
The CAADP PP is an annual high-level event that brings together key stakeholders such as African governments, policy makers, technical bodies, civil society organizations and farmers’ organisations.
It is to assess the progress made in implementing the CAADP agenda and to refresh the agenda where required.
Established as an independent organisation in 2002, FARA is the apex organisation charged with the strategic role of coordinating agricultural research and development in Africa.
The Accra-based organisation weaves together key networks and stakeholders on the continent and globally to reinforce the capacity of Africa to improve its agricultural science and innovation for food security and poverty reduction.