Conference Objectives: Agricultural R&D: Investing in Africa’s Future 5-7 December 2011

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By John Lyman. Presented at the ASTI-FARA conference Agricultural R&D: Investing in Africa's Future: Analyzing Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities - Accra, Ghana on December 5-7, 2011. http://www.asti.cgiar.org/2011conf

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  • What do donors want? Perceived shift upstream with System Priorities. Some think CG mission focus on poverty was a mistake. Gates forcing a shift to a focus on downstream impact.
  • Focus on production systems in terms of priorities
  • Conference Objectives: Agricultural R&D: Investing in Africa’s Future 5-7 December 2011

    1. 1. Conference Objectives Agricultural R&D: Investing in Africa’s Future 5-7 December 2011
    2. 2. R&D Context in Africa <ul><li>Increases in smallholder productivity central to agricultural growth </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity remains low </li></ul><ul><li>Rainfed farming systems are heterogeneous and complex </li></ul><ul><li>Persistent underinvestment in R&D </li></ul><ul><li>“ Small country” problem complicates NARI financing and organization </li></ul>
    3. 3. Central Question of the Conference <ul><li>How to finance, capacitate, and organize agricultural research in Africa to sustainably increase growth in smallholder productivity over the coming decade </li></ul>
    4. 4. Session I: Why do African governments underinvest in R&D <ul><li>What is the contribution of research to agricultural growth </li></ul><ul><li>What are the finances available for research and is donor coordination necessary to increase effectiveness </li></ul>
    5. 5. Session II: Human Resource Development and R&D <ul><li>What are trends in human resources in African NARI’s and agricultural faculties </li></ul><ul><li>How will the next generation of agricultural scientists be trained </li></ul>
    6. 6. Session III: Measuring and Improving Effectiveness of R&D Systems <ul><li>Designing M&E systems and implementing results frameworks </li></ul><ul><li>Recent initiatives in impact assessment </li></ul>
    7. 7. Session IV: Aligning and Rationalizing R&D Structures <ul><li>Small country problem and increasing polarization in NARI capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Evolving role of sub-regional structures </li></ul><ul><li>Linkages to global capacities </li></ul><ul><li>Implications of agricultural innovation systems for agricultural R&D </li></ul>
    8. 8. Synthesis <ul><li>Combining these four elements, what is the vision for agricultural research in Africa over the next decade and what are the implications for evolving institutional arrangements, including CAADP </li></ul>

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