- 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.
- To deepen the buy-in and ownership of key stakeholders to S3A implementation at country level.
“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.
27/07 African leaders urged to embrace science in agriculture
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 by François Stepman. It has been republished here with permission.