First reason: New MTOP following the end of the current MTOPRevision of the strategy revealed that the changes will be far reaching—hence the decision to develop a new strategic plan covering the MTOP period.
These priorities are mutually reinforcing –feed into one another
Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaFARA’s Strategic Plan and MTOPfor 2014-2018
2Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 2Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa1. Why a new strategy & MTOP1. Timing: current MTOP ends Dec 2013• New MTOP (2014-2018)• Strategic plan (2007- 2016) revision/overhaul needed2. Changes in operating environment call for FARA toreposition itself to:• respond to emerging challenges and opportunities• take advantage of lessons learned and build uponachievements
3Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 3Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa2. Strategic DirectionsProblem tree analysis concluded that FARA’s strategicpriorities should be focussed on:1. Visioning the kind of agriculture Africa wants and thecollective actions needed to achieve it2. Developing the capacities needed to achieve it3. Developing the policy environment to enable effectiveimplementation of the needed actions
4Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 4Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaStrategic StatementsGoal:To contribute to the sustainable reduction of food insecurity andpoverty in Africa while enhancing the environment.Purpose:To contribute to generating high broad-based and sustainableagricultural growth in AfricaValue PropositionStrengthening Africa’s capacity for innovation and transformation, byvisioning its strategic directions, integrating capacities for change andcreating the enabling policy environment for implementation.
5Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 5Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaCore functions of FARA1. Facilitating Collective Action around the promotion ofinnovations in Africa2. Capacity strengthening to enhance the functionality ofagricultural innovation systems in Africa3. Intellectual leadership for ARD in Africa4. Partnerships to enhance broad-based productivity,competitiveness and markets in Africa5. Advocacy and communication for improved ARD in Africa6. Tracking of progress in Africa’s agricultural development
Generic Services of FARAFigure 1. Strategic Priorities and Generic services of FARA
The Strategic Priorities are Mutually ReinforcingVisioning AfricasAgriculturalTransformationEnabling environment forImplementationIntegratingCapacities forChangeEmerging thematicareas• Climate Change• Bioenergy• NutritionCross cutting issue• Gender
9Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 9Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaThe Results to be DeliveredKey Result 1: African agricultural stakeholders determining how thesector should be transformed and establishing the needed collectiveactions in a gender sensitive mannerR1.1. High level stakeholder ownership of gender-disaggregatedevidence-based information and policy recommendations derivedfrom strategic analysis and foresight studies.R1.2. Functional partnerships and platforms for agricultural innovationand trade among African stakeholders (intra-continental) andbetween them and northern and southern partners (Africa-South,Africa-North and Africa-South-North)R1.3. Wide high level stakeholder ownership and commitment to acommon African science and innovation agenda.
10Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 10Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaThe Results to be DeliveredKey Result 2: Strengthened and integrated continental capacityresponding to stakeholder demands within the agricultural innovationsystem in a gender sensitive mannerR2.1. Functional interactions and partnerships for creating capacity amongfarmers, research, education, extension, trade and agri-businessorganizationsR2.2. Adopted mechanisms for articulating demand and strengthenedcapacity to respond to demandR2.3. Communities of Practice addressing identified capacity deficits (in thedesign & implementation of R&D programs) in a gender-sensitivemannerR2.4. Strengthened human, organizational and institutional capacities forgender sensitive agricultural innovation.
11Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 11Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaThe Results to be DeliveredKey Result 3: Enabling environment for increased ARD investment andimplementation of agricultural innovation systems in a gender sensitivemannerR3.1. Evidence-based policy formulation, decision making and investmentR3.2. FAAP principles and guidelines embedded in all aspects of CAADPplanning and implementationR3.3. Information and knowledge for learning exchange in agriculturalinnovation knowledge systems available and usedR3.4. Critical mass of policy makers and advocacy agents avoiding duplicationand filling critical gaps at the continental levelR3.5. Effective communication strategies and systems, including ICTs, fordisseminating and building constituencies for policy changes.
5. Overall OutcomesAfrican agric. innovationsystems functioningeffectively in creatingjobs, building wealth onsustainable basisSP1African agric. stakeholdersdetermining how the sectorshould be transformed &establishing the neededcollective actions in a gendersensitive mannerSP3Enabling environment forincreased ARD investmentand implementation ofagricultural innovationsystems in a gendersensitive mannerSP2Strengthened andintegrated continentalcapacity responding tostakeholder demandswithin the agriculturalinnovation system in agender sensitive manner
13Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 13Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaAssumptions and risks1. Political and socio-economic conditions are enabling2. Complementary and enabling policies and legal frameworks exist,and are implemented3. Sufficient or adequate incentives exist to convince the privatesector and youth to engage in agriculture4. Farmers have access to adequate financial and natural resources (inparticular, land and water)5. Effective partnerships with the CGIAR, advanced researchinstitutions and south-south cooperation6. Potential for market expansion is realised, and gains are accessibleand of benefit to the poor and disadvantaged7. Strengthened human capacity is retained in Africa
14Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 14Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaHow the results will be deliveredMobilising Forum Members– Pool of Experts:– Core Research and DevelopmentSupport team:– FARA Fellows network:– Youth and Women:– Resource Persons with SpecialExpertise:– Africa Agricultural Science Week:– Africa Agricultural Science Week:– Internships– Post-Doctoral Fellowship: VisitingScientists:– Diaspora:Core principlesThe subsidiarity principleMaintaining the Integrity of theenvironmentInclusiveness of all categoriesof stakeholdersPartnershipsShared responsibility, Sublimityand ResponsivenessPerforming Core functions &services
16Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 16Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaConclusion• Strategy and MTOP lay out a clear direction for FARAto respond to challenges and take advantage ofopportunities• Informed by a problem and objective tree analysisand extensive stakeholder consultations• FARA is well positioned to make its mark intransforming African livelihoods
17Click to edit Master title style5/16/2013 17Forum for Agricultural Research in AfricaThank you