The Continental Synthesis and Validation of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) Implementation Roll-Out plan will commence on Wednesday, 26th July 2017. Hosted by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the 3day event will bring together continental partners, development partners, members of the tier-one countries (Egypt, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Senegal), NGOs, the Ghana Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Scientific Research, Universities, Agricultural Rural Bank and the Agricultural Economic Sector.
Among confirmed speakers at the workshop include: Dr. Augustine Wambo of the NEPAD Commission who will represent Head of CAADP-NPCA, H.E Dr. Ibrahim Assane Mayaki; Mr.Mahama Ouedraogo, Director Department of Human Resource Science and Technology (HRST) of the African Union Commission; H.E. William Hanna who is the Head of the European Union Delegation in Ghana; Hon. Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Ghana; and Hon. Dr. Owusu Afiriyie Akoto, Minister for Agriculture, Ghana.
The Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A) is an African-owned instrument for achieving the CAADP target of doubling agricultural productivity by 2025. The attainment of this target is fundamental to the achievement CAADP’s goals of eliminating hunger, substantial reduction on poverty, creation of wealth and jobs and improved management of the continent’s natural resources. For individual countries, the S3A is a key instrument for leveraging science, technology, and innovation to achieve their agricultural development goals which underpin the broader economic development targets. Following the S3A’s endorsement by the structures of the African Union in 2014, the stage is now set for its implementation at country level.
FARA in collaboration with AFAAS, SROs (CCARDESA, ASARECA, CORAF/WECARD and NAASRO) and National Agricultural Research Systems of Egypt, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Senegal successfully co-organized Regional Consultations on the rolling out of S3A in Malawi, Rwanda and Ghana for countries in Southern Africa, East and Central Africa, West and North Africa respectively between April and May 2017. A total of 41 African countries participated in the Regional Consultations, together with CGIAR centres, NGOs, Universities, Private sector agribusinesses and Farmer Organisations.
The Regional Consultations were followed by National Consultations in five tier one countries (Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana and Egypt) selected to start the implementation of the Science Agenda, allowing for leadership, learning and scaling out.
Workshop Objectives and Target Audience
a). To present for review and validation a demand-driven proposal and financing plan for the implementation of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa in an initial set of five countries.
b). To deepen the buy-in and ownership of key stakeholders to S3A implementation at country level.
Topics to be covered: The workshop will cover the following topics:
Day 1: Opening, an overview of the science agenda, its theory of change and emerging Value Add to country development agendas
Day 2: The S3A Investment Proposal and Financing Plan
Day 3: Next steps, side meetings and closing
Expected Outputs: The following outputs are envisaged from the Consultations
An S3A investment Proposal and Investment Plan validated
The value-add of the Science Agenda shared and sharpened
Increased African and Partner buy-in and ownership of the S3A and its implementation arrangements
Participation and Organization: The workshop is a joint initiative of FARA, AFAAS, AUC, NPCA, SROs and CSIR.
Financing: The development of the Science Agenda is currently supported by funding from the European Commission, IFAD and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).