Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa
Prof. Monty P. Jones
Executive Director, FARA
The Journey from
Ouagadougou to Ac...
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Outline
• Introduction: How we got to...
Maputo 2002
•Constitution
•Executive
Secretary
•FARA Strategic
thrusts
Joburg 2007
•Strategic Plan
2007-16
•MTOP (2008-12)...
5th AASW, Ougadougou
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1. Investment in agricultural innovation in
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Resolution Achievement Comment
3. Improve a...
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Resolution Achievemen...
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Resolution Achievement Comment
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Joint External Review of FARA
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  • 2 picturesoverlayed over each otherThe 5th AASW in Ouga was characterised by intensive discussion and dialogue (picture 1). The business session featured lively debate and consensus (Picture showing delegates supporting a motion)This report summarises the main decisions and what we have done to respond to them.
  • The resolution are organised by sub theme. Reporting is on progress made for each resolution.Reporting is on 13 resolutions: 5 for subtheme1; 5 for subtheme 2 and 3 for subtheme3
  • Report for Subtheme 1: 4 resolutions.IFPRI through ASTI has been tracking investments—we are taking this further to assess impact of these investments as an input in advocacy for more investments and improved utilisation of investments to deliver impact
  • Advocacy for agricultural information systems; Active RAILS platforms in over 30 countries; CIARD-ring strengthened in AfricaMedia dialogues were held cote d’Ivoire (French) and Ghana (English speaking)Establishment of CCARDESA was a pre-condition for a fund to be established.Contributions to the World Bank –managed MDTF come from donors. Some commitments have been made to the MDTF to finance implementation of CCADESA’s MTOP. A reserve fund with contributions from member states has also been established. SADC and CCARDESA are commended for getting African governments to directly finance their sub regional organisations.
  • The issue is not just about increasing investments (quantity) but also the quality i.e. where the investments are targeted and the stability of the investments.
  • Extension workshop was sponsored by numerous actors: CTA, FARA, AFAAS, FAO, GFRAS, GFAR, IFAD, ANAFE, RUFORUM etc. declaration made and actions agreed are being followed upIP concept has been adopted in DONAT IPTAs, CRPs, G8 technology platforms, and numerous other initiatives aimed at delivering impact and working across value chains.
  • The science agenda highlights the issue of food safetyThe regional dialogue in Abuja was on “renewable energy technology for increased agricultural productivity and sustainable development in Africa”Bioenergy has been an important cross cutting theme in the current MTOP and will remain an important theme in the next MTOP
  • Concluded that FARA remain highly relevant With regard to challenge: mandate is about triggering, catalysing, convening, facilitating, communicating etc, but few funders are willing to support this kind of work because the impact cannot be as readily demonstrated as the implementation-based work. Recommendations were a major input in preparations for the next SP And MTOP.
  • The Science Agenda is aimed at aligning all agricultural research for development actors [NARS; SROs, ARIs etc] around a common framework and reference. It is expected to: (1) place science in the development agenda (2) improve application of science—demand-driven and (3) improve efficiency by enhancing coordination among the all the science actors (suppliers of science e.g. CGIAR and demand e.g. investment plans)Is a component of the CAADP’s refreshed strategy under the knowledge and knowledge support thematic thrustHighly commended at this AASW by many speakers (kanayo, Mayaki, Commisioner, external partners, and many others)
  • Main bodies areoversight group to ensure African ownership as well as ownership by Africa’s external partners Expert panel comprising 12 members including a 4-person synthesis team
  • 6 step process commenced in January 2013 after months of preparations Discussion paper and issues paper developed and presented at side event
  • In many instances a workshop or meeting of stakeholders was convened t take forward the resolutions. Actions were agreed and formed the basis of implementation of the resolutions. These actions are on-going.
  • The Journey from Ouagadougou to Accra: What we have done

    1. 1. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Prof. Monty P. Jones Executive Director, FARA The Journey from Ouagadougou to Accra: What we have done 6th Africa Agriculture Science Wee Accra, Ghana 15-20 July 2013
    2. 2. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 2Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Outline • Introduction: How we got to Accra • Progress report on actions taken in response to resolutions of the 5th General Assembly in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – 13 resolutions
    3. 3. Maputo 2002 •Constitution •Executive Secretary •FARA Strategic thrusts Joburg 2007 •Strategic Plan 2007-16 •MTOP (2008-12) Accra 2013 • SP 2014-18 • MTOP 204-18 • Science Agenda Dakar 2003 Refinement of FARA’s strategic thrusts Ouagadougou 2010 Annual dialogue of Ministers of Agric. and S&T Entebbe 2005 Integration of North Africa FARA’s Journey to Accra
    4. 4. 5th AASW, Ougadougou
    5. 5. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 5Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa 5th AASW Theme & Sub themes Theme: African Agricultural Innovation in a Changing Global Environment Subthemes: 1. Investment in agricultural innovation in the post-financial crisis era 2. Knowledge centres and networks to cope with the challenges of globalization and climate change 3. Resilience of African agricultural trade to domestic and external shocks
    6. 6. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 6Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa 1. Investment in agricultural innovation in the post-financial crisis era …1/3 Resolution Achievement Comment 1. Establish platforms to facilitate innovative partnerships with Europe PAEPARD II implemented PAEPARD III negotiated Done 2. Support studies and assessments of trends and impacts of ARD investments Joint FARA-ASTI workshop in Accra, Dec 2011 Implementation of recommendations on-going On-going
    7. 7. 1. Investment in agricultural innovation in the post-financial crisis era …2/3 Resolution Achievement Comment 3. Improve access to research, business and market information • National agricultural information platforms and systems strengthened • 2 Research-Media dialogues organised On-going 4. Establish a fund to support coordination of AR&D in Southern Africa • CCARDESA is now fully functional • CCARDESA reserve fund established and MDTF is under development On-going
    8. 8. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 8Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa 1. Investment in agricultural innovation in the post-financial crisis era …3/3 Resolution Achievement Comment 5. Intensify advocacy for more investments in AR&D • 2 Ministerial dialogues • Increased awareness of the case of investing in AR&D On-going
    9. 9. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 9Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa 2. Knowledge centres and networks to cope with the challenges of globalization & climate change …1/3 Resolution Achievement Comment 1. Facilitate integration of agricultural practices, extension, research and policies • International extension workshop in November 2011 • Integration widened to include business + education (UniBRAIN) On-going 2. Scale up and out integrated AR4D Proof-of-IAR4D concept established Innovation platform concept advocated and increasingly mainstreamed in AR4D On-going
    10. 10. 2. Knowledge centres and networks to cope with the challenges of globalization & climate change …2/3 Resolution Achievement Comment 3. Intensify human capital development for ARD • Capacity development is on top of the AR&D agenda • Demand-led and across the pyramid • Institutional arrangements for advancing capacity strengthening Ongoing 4. Support gender policy audit to improve balanced gender performance • Strategy for mainstreaming gender in AR&D inclusively developed • Gender mainstreamed in new FARA SP & MTOP On-going
    11. 11. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 11Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa 2. Knowledge centres and networks to cope with the challenges of globalization & climate change …3/3 Resolution Achievement Comment 5. Support AFAAS to develop its capacity to facilitate agricultural innovations AFAAS is a fully functional Pan-African organisation Done
    12. 12. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 12Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa 3. Resilience of African agricultural trade to domestic and external shocks …1/2 Resolution Achievement Comment 1. Facilitate strengthening of linkages between stakeholders and networks in agriculture, forestry, bioenergy and food • Regional dialogue held in Abuja (Oct 2012). • Actions to advance bioenergy agenda agreed On-going 2. Integrate actions of CAADP Pillar II and IV in food safety • Increased attention to issues of food safety alongside nutrition and health CAADP pillars phased out
    13. 13. 3. Resilience of African agricultural trade to domestic and external shocks …2/2 Resolution Achievement Comment 3. Agricultural programs to place more emphasis on: • Spotting and taking advantage of opportunities Mind-set change is taking root to embrace balanced analysis of problems + opportunities On-going • Engaging the private sector in value chains Value chain approach now being mainstreamed in AR&D; IAR4D On-going • Strengthening capacity for foresight planning Proposal for African virtual foresight academy promoted for support On-going
    14. 14. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 14Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Joint External Review of FARA 1. Combined 2nd EPMR and mid-term review of MTOP FARA has: – Made many significant achievements in a short time – Has put AR&D firmly on development agenda – Reduced fragmentation among subsectors actors Challenge: Balancing mandate and stakeholder expectations with funding especially for core and from African sources Recommendations: Priority areas for the next planning phase.
    15. 15. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 15Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa A reference articulating the science, technology, extension, innovation s and social learning Africa needs to apply in order to meet its development goals for agricultural transformation The Science Agenda for Agriculture in Africa (S3A)
    16. 16. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 16Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Institutional Arrangements for Developing the S3A S3A S3A CAADP – CGIAR alignment steering committee
    17. 17. Process for developing the Science Agenda 1. Framing and Scoping 2. Developing a Discussion Paper and an Issues Paper 3. Commissioning focused studies 4. Deepening the consultation process 5. Prepare Science Agenda document and submission to AU process 6. Launch of Science Agenda at July 2014 AU summit
    18. 18. Click to edit Master title style 8/5/2013 18Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Concluding Remarks • Substantial actions initiated to implement resolutions • Most of the work initiated is on-going • 5th GA Resolutions were considered when developing the new Strategic Plan & MTOP
    19. 19. Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa Thank you for the attention
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