Africa Agriculture 26-28 July 2017. Accra, Ghana. Hosted by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), this 3 day event brought 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. 
The workshop was a joint initiative of FARA, AFAAS, AUC, NPCA, SROs and CSIR. 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).

Workshop Objectives

  1. 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.
  2. To deepen the buy-in and ownership of key stakeholders to S3A implementation at country level.

Image result for Owusu Afriyie Akoto“The African Union Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa and the endorsement of the Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa by African Heads of States and Governments represents pillars that show the drive for agricultural transformation. It is necessary for African leaders to prioritise the research needs for Africa for Africa to meet its national targets for food and nutrition security, discuss on key stakeholders required for a holistic implementation of the science agenda as well as the investment needed.” Hon. Dr. Owusu Afiriyie Akoto, Minister for Agriculture, Ghana.

The speakers at the workshop included:

  • Dr. Augustine Wambo of the NEPAD Commission who represented the 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; 
  • Hon. Dr. Owusu Afiriyie Akoto, Minister for Agriculture, Ghana.
  • Dr Abdoulaye Toure, Lead Economist with the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice.

Reference:
27/07 African leaders urged to embrace science in agriculture

Background:
The S3A was launched in Johannesburg in November 2014 with the vision that “By 2030 Africa is food secure, a global scientific player, and the world’s breadbasket”. The implementation of the science agenda starts with five countries, also known as tier-one countries in Africa including Ghana, Egypt, Malawi, Senegal and Rwanda. The countries were selected based on a set of modelling criteria to show a country’s readiness to invest, implement, lead and showcase the contribution of science to the national development agenda of Africa.

This post was originally published at PAEPARD and has been republished with permission.

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